Good’s Big Evening Lifts Oklahoma State
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oh positive, Marcus Good definitely noticed Kevin Durant sitting courtside in Gallagher-Iba Arena. And he put collectively quite a efficiency for one of the NBA’s most gifted scorers.
Good scored a career-high 39 points, and No. 7 Oklahoma State raced past No. eleven Memphis for a 101-eighty win Tuesday evening in a one-sided matchup of top teams.
Durant was considered one of many basketball followers throughout the nation involved to see Sensible’s return to the nationwide stage after he bypassed the NBA draft following the Cowboys’ early exit from last season’s NCAA event.
Sensible responded by scoring 26 points in the first half. He finished eleven-of-21 from the ground and hit five three-pointers whereas simply passing his earlier profession excessive of 28 points, set final season in opposition to Oklahoma.
“We noticed Kevin Durant, and we simply needed to go out there and placed on a present,” Sensible mentioned.
Nick King had 23 points for Memphis, and Shaq Goodwin finished with thirteen. The Tigers (1-1) shot forty one.2 % (28-of-68), together with a mixed 2-of-20 performance from guards Michael Dixon Jr. and Geron Johnson.
The Tigers had played simply once before the journey to Stillwater, a ninety five-sixty nine residence win over Austin Peay. They usually gave the impression to be unwell prepared for their first hostile road setting.
Extra specifically, they weren’t prepared for Sensible – who added 5 steals, four rebounds, four assists and a pair of blocks in an impressive all-around efficiency.
“Oklahoma State was simply the better crew tonight,” Dixon mentioned.
“Our apologies for not playing Memphis basketball; we simply could not make photographs.”
Markel Brown added 20 points and Brian Williams had 15 for Oklahoma State (4-0), which is averaging 102 factors per recreation.
Surprisingly, Sensible didn’t even enter the game as the leading scorer for the Cowboys.
In truth, the sophomore was third on the Oklahoma State staff – behind sixth man Phil Forte and Brown – with a mean of 13.7 factors by means of the staff’s opening three blowout victories.
Sensible, nevertheless, played up to the competitors within the Cowboys’ return to the national highlight after last season’s crushing loss towards Oregon in the NCAA match.
“We simply wanted to show all people that we weren’t backing down, and that’s what we did tonight,” Sensible mentioned.
In front of Durant, a host of NBA scouts and Oklahoma Metropolis coach Scott Brooks, Good scored 12 of the Cowboys’ first 14 points. His final basket throughout the opening stretch was a dunk on the break that put Oklahoma State forward 14-7.
The Tigers did their greatest to stay close, rallying to tie it at 16 after again-to-back baskets by King, however they’d no reply for Good within the first half.
“Oklahoma State, they just kicked our butt,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said.
“When (Good) scores like that, he could be the best player in college basketball.”
With the Cowboys up 17-sixteen, the 6-foot-4 guard went on a one-man scoring binge that labored the group into a frenzy.
Good scored the following 12 points for Oklahoma State – together with three 3-pointers and a trio of free throws after he was fouled on a 3-level attempt – to put the Cowboys up 29-20. In all, he scored 24 of Oklahoma State’s first 29 points.
“That’s simply Marcus,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford mentioned. “He’s going to be ready when he needs to be ready… I knew he was going to be able to play, I knew that from the beginning.
“I did not know he was going to go out there and get 39. That is not all the time what we need from him, however we’ll take it.”
The Cowboys led 50-32 at halftime and stretched their lead to as many as 34 factors in the second half – comfortably answering their first challenge of the season and reminding the country why Good was a consensus preseason All-American.
Sensible’s fifth 3-pointer lifted Oklahoma State to a 64-43 benefit, giving him a profession-finest 31 factors.
“I was just feeling it tonight,” Good said. “My teammates found me and gave me the ball at times when I wanted it in order to get my shot off.”