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Smith's 21 help Oklahoma State upset No. 6 Texas Tech 79-71

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State rewarded fans who braved the snow and ice with a memorable experience.

Kendall Smith scored 21 points to help the Cowboys stun No. 6 Texas Tech 79-71 on Wednesday night. Many students who were part of the crowd of 7,092 rushed the court after the game, though it was tame by Oklahoma State's standards.

''We didn't expect many people here, then once the game starts, it starts filling up,'' Oklahoma State guard Lindy Waters said. ''The students were rowdy as usual. It gives us the energy to keep playing.''

The end of the game wasn't even the most exciting moment of the night. A text circulated during the game that school would be out Thursday due to the weather. The crowd went crazy, and when the text was shown on the big screen, the players knew, too.

''We were like, `For sure, let's get this win so we can chill tomorrow,''' Smith said.

Waters scored a career-high 18 points and Jeffrey Carroll had 14 points to help the Cowboys (16-12, 6-9 Big 12) boost their NCAA Tournament chances. The Cowboys already had four wins against teams that were ranked in the Top 20 at the time they played - Florida State, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Kansas.

''I have no idea how important it is,'' Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. ''I know it doesn't hurt to beat the No. 6 team in the country. That's all I know.''

Oklahoma State shot 52.2 percent overall and 11 of 22 from 3-point range against a Texas Tech team that ranks in the Top 10 nationally in field goal percentage defense and scoring defense.

Zhaire Smith scored 18 points, and Jarrett Culver added 15 for Tech (22-6, 10-5), which needed a win to tie Kansas for the Big 12 lead. The Red Raiders lost their second straight after reeling off seven straight wins.

Tech guard Keenan Evans, the Big 12's No. 2 scorer, finished with two points on 1-for-7 shooting. He missed the second half of Tech's loss to Baylor last Saturday with a toe injury. He started against Oklahoma State and played 25 minutes.

''I know it definitely wasn't 100 (percent), we know that,'' Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. ''A lot of respect for Keenan for trying. He's done everything he could since the Baylor game to put himself in position. I thought he showed a lot of courage and heart even trying to play tonight.''

Smith scored 16 points in the first half to help Texas Tech take a 35-34 lead at the break. Oklahoma State shot 57 percent in the first half but committed 11 turnovers.

Oklahoma State opened the second half with a 9-2 run to take a 43-37 lead and force Texas Tech to call timeout.

It didn't help. Back-to-back 3s by Waters and Carroll put the Cowboys up 49-37 just four minutes into the second half. A 3-pointer by Tavarius Shine made it 59-43. In all, Oklahoma State made its first nine field goals in the second half.

Tech scored eight straight to make it a game, and that helped put the Red Raiders in position to make a run late. A pair of free throws by Zhaire Smith cut Oklahoma State's lead to 70-66 with just over 2 minutes remaining, but the Cowboys held on at the free throw line.

''We didn't play well tonight, but you've got to give Oklahoma State credit,'' Beard said. ''They were the reason we didn't play well tonight. They had four guys in double figures, they outrebounded us, got to the free throw line more and played better than us.''

BIG PICTURE

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders hurt their chances of dethroning Kansas for the Big 12 title by losing on the road against an Oklahoma State team that hasn't been impressive at home.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys continue to rise to the occasion in big games for first-year coach Mike Boynton. The Cowboys lost momentum late in the first half but didn't buckle. They were the aggressors to start the second half, and they cut down their turnovers to give themselves more chances to score.

STAT LINES

Waters made all six of his shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers, and made 2 of 3 free throws. He also went without a turnover and had two steals.

QUOTABLE

Beard on playing Kansas next: ''Is that our next game? Kansas? That's not going to be easy, either.''

UP NEXT

Texas Tech: Hosts Kansas on Saturday.

Oklahoma State: At Texas on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Cameron McGriff 30.0
  Niem Stevenson missed 3-pt. jump shot 32.0
+ 1 Lindy Waters III made 2nd of 2 free throws 37.0
  Lindy Waters III missed 1st of 2 free throws 37.0
  Personal foul on Brandone Francis 37.0
  Defensive rebound by Lindy Waters III 39.0
  Jarrett Culver missed 3-pt. jump shot 41.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin Gray 47.0
  Kendall Smith missed 2nd of 2 free throws 47.0
+ 1 Kendall Smith made 1st of 2 free throws 47.0
  Personal foul on Justin Gray 47.0
Team Stats
Points 71 79
Field Goals 25-60 (41.7%) 24-46 (52.2%)
3-Pointers 9-23 (39.1%) 11-22 (50.0%)
Free Throws 12-16 (75.0%) 20-25 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 30 31
Offensive 12 9
Defensive 14 19
Team 4 3
Assists 13 13
Steals 6 5
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 12 17
Fouls 22 18
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
21 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo 6 Texas Tech 22-6 353671
home team logo Oklahoma State 16-12 344579
Team Stats
away team logo 6 Texas Tech 22-6 76.8 PPG 39.1 RPG 15.5 APG
home team logo Oklahoma State 16-12 72.0 PPG 37.8 RPG 14.9 APG
Key Players
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Zh. Smith G PPG RPG APG FG%
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K. Smith G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
Zh. Smith G 18 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
K. Smith G 21 PTS 3 REB 6 AST
41.7 FG% 52.2
39.1 3PT FG% 50.0
75.0 FT% 80.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Zh. Smith 35 18 4 1 0 1 0 4 7/12 2/2 2/2 4 0
J. Culver 34 15 6 2 1 1 1 1 5/12 2/5 3/6 2 4
J. Gray 31 10 5 1 2 0 2 3 3/8 0/0 4/4 3 2
K. Evans 25 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 1/7 0/5 0/0 0 2
N. Odiase 11 1 2 0 2 0 3 1 0/3 0/0 1/2 2 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Zh. Smith 35 18 4 1 0 1 0 4 7/12 2/2 2/2 4 0
J. Culver 34 15 6 2 1 1 1 1 5/12 2/5 3/6 2 4
J. Gray 31 10 5 1 2 0 2 3 3/8 0/0 4/4 3 2
K. Evans 25 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 1/7 0/5 0/0 0 2
N. Odiase 11 1 2 0 2 0 3 1 0/3 0/0 1/2 2 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. Stevenson 28 14 4 4 0 0 1 2 5/10 2/5 2/2 1 3
T. Hamilton IV 13 6 1 1 1 0 2 2 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 1
D. Moretti 9 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 0
B. Francis 10 2 2 1 0 0 1 5 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2
J. Webster 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
Za. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Sorrells - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Benson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ondigo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 71 26 13 6 2 12 22 25/60 9/23 12/16 12 14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Smith 31 21 3 6 1 0 1 2 6/13 1/3 8/10 0 3
L. Waters III 31 18 2 2 2 1 0 1 6/6 4/4 2/3 0 2
J. Carroll 29 14 6 2 1 0 4 2 5/9 2/5 2/2 1 5
C. McGriff 34 9 7 1 1 1 2 4 2/5 1/4 4/4 4 3
M. Solomon 13 3 2 0 0 0 1 4 0/0 0/0 3/4 2 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Smith 31 21 3 6 1 0 1 2 6/13 1/3 8/10 0 3
L. Waters III 31 18 2 2 2 1 0 1 6/6 4/4 2/3 0 2
J. Carroll 29 14 6 2 1 0 4 2 5/9 2/5 2/2 1 5
C. McGriff 34 9 7 1 1 1 2 4 2/5 1/4 4/4 4 3
M. Solomon 13 3 2 0 0 0 1 4 0/0 0/0 3/4 2 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Dziagwa 10 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 2/2 0/0 0 2
Y. Sima 12 4 3 1 0 0 2 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 1
T. Shine 24 3 2 0 0 2 2 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 2
B. Averette 13 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 0/3 0/0 1/2 0 1
L. N'Guessan 3 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Reeves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 79 28 13 5 4 17 18 24/46 11/22 20/25 9 19