Purdue should be proud of its comeback, but must learn from the first half. Boiler Sports Report…
FINAL: Oklahoma State 97 - Purdue 87
Preseason All-American Marcus Smart finished with 30 points, 24 of which came in the first half, and backcourt mate Markel Brown added 25 points. Junior forward Le'Bryan Nash also had 16 points and five rebounds.
The Boilermakers brought it back to a four-point ballgame, at 84-80, late in the second half, primarily on the strength of 16 second-half points from freshman guard Bryson Scott, who feasted with Smart out of the game with four fouls. At one point Purdue as a team went on a 12-0 run with Smart, who's fourth foul was a technical, on the pine.
Both teams heard a lot of whistles in the Old Spice Classic opener, with 60 total fouls called. Purdue saw Scott and Ronnie Johnson foul out while Oklahoma State lost big men Michael Cobbins and Kamari Murphy to fouls. The Boilers also lost forward Jay Simpson late in the first half after he was ejected following a flagrant foul.
THREE-POINT PLAY: OKLAHOMA STATE
- Coach Travis Ford: "We hadn't been in that position. It was good for us. As many things as I'm not happy about, I am happy about the last three to four minutes … That's the most physical team we've played. I'm happy to win, but there are a lot of areas to improve … They get an A for finishing. A lot more and different grades in the second half."
- Markel Brown: "We just had to stick in there (during second-half Purdue barrage). We knew Marcus was in there until under the 4-minute mark. We know how great of a player he is. We came together as a team … It was great for this team because we're going to be in more situations like that. It's great for me being a point guard, because Marcus is usually the designated point guard, to (be familiar with the position)."
- Brown on chippy play: "Two physical teams out there, battling and doing whatever it takes for their ballclub. We don't mind that at all. It's part of the game. But Marcus and I have to watch ourselves because of how needed we are out there."
THREE-POINT PLAY: PURDUE
- Bryson Scott: "We slowed things down and we ran Purdue's offense in the second half. In the first half guys like me were forcing it and making selfish plays. In the second half we came out unselfish and chopped into that lead. That was the difference … First half we just played hesitant. We didn't play up to par. In the second half we really played our game and played with confidence. It showed that we can really play with anybody if we go out there and play hard and play our game."
- Terone Johnson: "When we came out in the second half, coach kind of put us to the test. He wanted to see if we would play hard and play together. I thought we figured it out for the most part, but we just needed to start the game like that."
- Two final quotes: On Jay Simpson's play and Ronnie Johnson fouling out early, leaving Purdue short-handed at the end, Terone Johnson described it as "some immaturity we've got to learn from." … Coach Matt Painter, when asked about his team's defensive effort, said, "How pleased can you be as a coach when you give up 97 points?"
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