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College basketball: Oklahoma State beats No. 6 N.C. State

Published November 18, 2012 8:56 pm

Day in the Top 25 • Oklahoma State claims tourney title over N.C State.
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Bayamon, Puerto Rico • Le'Bryan Nash had 23 points, and Marcus Smart added 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as Oklahoma State earned a 76-56 win over No. 6 North Carolina State in the title game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Sunday.

Phil Forte had 17 points for the Cowboys (4-0), who outrebounded the Wolfpack 45-34.

Rodney Purvis had 16 points and T.J. Warren added 15 points for the Wolfpack (3-1), who shot only 28.6 percent from the field.

"We have to come out and have a better start," Purvis said. "But that won't happen anymore. This can happen any night. We have a bull's-eye on our back. We have to prepare ourselves physically and mentally for every game and come out here and play."

Smart was the tournament MVP.

"You could tell when we first scored, they didn't have a feeling of intensity by the looks on their faces," he said. "They have a lot of great players. And we just knew we were gonna have to come out, be ready and play hard. I could feel it. I could sense I was hot and my teammates got me the ball and it got us going."

"Marcus [Smart] just got hot and got into a rhythm," Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. "He can do so many different things on the court to help us win. And Le'Bryan Nash played with such a flow throughout the tournament and it was just fun to watch. They did so many different things well. We are at our best when Le'Bryan is getting to the foul line.

He was joined by Nash, Warren, Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes and Akron's Zeke Marshall on the all-tournament team.

"I thought we played against three teams in this tournament that will be in the NCAA tournament in Akron, Tennessee and NC State," Ford said.

No. 4 Ohio State 77, Washington 66 • In Uncasville, Conn., Deshaun Thomas tied a career high with 31 points and led Ohio State over Washington for the championship of the Hall of Fame Tip Off tournament. —

Sunday's Top 25 scores

• No. 2 Louisville 80,Miami (Ohio) 39

• No. 4 Ohio State 77,Washington 66

• Oklahoma State 76,No. 6 N.C. State 56

• No. 8 Syracuse 88, Wagner 57

• No. 9 Duke 88,Florida Gulf Coast 67

• No. 10 Florida 66,Middle Tennessee 45

• No. 15 Creighton 87,Presbyterian 58

• No. 16. Baylor 97, St. John's 78

• No. 19 Gonzaga 96,South Dakota 58

• No. 21 Michigan State 69,Texas Southern 41

• No. 22 Wisconsin 73, Cornell 40

• No. 23 UConn vs. Quinnipiac

• No. 24 Cincinnati 93,N.C. A&T 39