Smart, Cowboys come up big again, OSU beats Purdue
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Marcus Smart scored 30 points, and No. 5 Oklahoma State nearly blew a big lead before beating Purdue 97-87 on Thursday in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic.
Markel Brown added 25 points for the Cowboys (6-0), who came in averaging 100.2 points and had defeated their first five opponents by an average of 37.8.
Oklahoma State led 52-29 at halftime.
Purdue (5-1) got 18 points from Bryson Smith, and Errick Peck added 12. Ronnie Johnson, who was averaging 13.8 points, battled foul trouble and had 10 points.
The Boilermakers stormed back late and pulled within 84-80 on a 3-pointer by Kendall Stephens with 3 minutes left. Brown and Smart made layups to give Oklahoma State a little breathing room.