College Hoops Player of the Day for Thursday, November 28, 2013
Multiple holiday tournaments and showcases are in full swing, and #5 Oklahoma State - the nation's 2nd-highest scoring team at 99.7 points per game - made its presence felt with a 97-87 win over Purdue in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando.
As he usually does, sophomore Marcus Smart paced the Cowboys with 30 points, helping build a 52-29 lead at intermission. Smart was 9-for-18 from the field, banging home four of six from beyond the arc.
The game-high 30 wasn't even close to Smart's season high, which is 39, in a 101-89 win over Memphis on November 19. Smart is averaging 22.5 points per game, and probably would have scored more if not forced to sit in the latter stages of the second half with four fouls.
He finished with four rebounds and four assists, also knocking down eight of 12 from the foul line. The Cowboys shot 52.7% overall; Markel Brown had 25. Oklahoma State had five players in double figures.
The 6-0 Cowboys will play 5-0 Butler on Friday, a 76-69 winner over Washington State in the other half of the draw.