After a rocky start, Oklahoma State ran past West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, to beat the Mountaineers 73-57.
After a tough double-overtime loss against Kansas earlier in the week, a letdown was expected. Facing a rowdy crowd in West Virginia, the team had trouble shooting and was down 12-5 early. Even worse, all star guard Marcus Smart picked up three fouls two and a half minutes into the game.
Oklahoma State caught up and led by two at halftime. In the second half the Cowboys took control early and pulled away.
Smart did not return until the second half, and made a pair of steals in a 14-second span that turned into easy baskets. They were part of a 13-2 run that put the Cowboys ahead 58-43 with 9:29 remaining.
From there the Cowboys cruised.
Le'Bryan Nash and Markel Brown scored 16 points each to lead five Oklahoma State players in double figures. Marcus Smart added 14 points, Brian Williams scored 13 and Michael Cobbins had 10 for Oklahoma State.
Williams had his best game of the season for Oklahoma State, subbing for Smart. He was 5-8 from the field and 2-2 behind the three point line.
"It was good to bounce back after the Kansas game," Williams said. "We didn't want to lose three or four straight before we got it back rolling. We let the last game go and tried to come out here and get the victory."
Coach Travis Ford said Williams played as well as he has all year.
"He's starting to get back in form. The strength of our team is who are you going to stop? It's pretty tough to focus on one or two guys on our team. We have some versatility. I liked the way the shots were distributed among our players." Ford said.
The win kept Oklahoma State, (20-6, 10-4), in the hunt in the chase for the Big 12 title. The team is a game behind Kansas and Kansas State with four games left.