Top 25 basketball: Nash, Smart lead OSU to blowout
Stillwater, Okla. • Le'Bryan Nash had 16 points to lead five Oklahoma State players in double figures as the ninth-ranked Cowboys made easy work of South Carolina in a 79-52 win on Friday night.
Marcus Smart added 13 points for the Cowboys (8-1), who bounced back from their first loss of the season last week. Markel Brown added 11 points, and Brian Williams and Michael Cobbins finished with 10 points each.
Oklahoma State, which held the Gamecocks to a season-low in points, led by as many as 26 points in the first half, putting the game out of reach with an early 25-2 run.
Jaylen Shaw led South Carolina (2-3) with 13 points, while Tyrone Johnson finished with 12.
Smart scored 11 points in the first half as Oklahoma State built a 26-point lead and put the game well out of reach. The sophomore added five assists, four rebounds and two steals in a game in which the Cowboys gave him plenty of help.
Friday's Top 25 basketball scores
• No. 3 Kentucky vs.No. 20 Baylor, late
• No. 9 Oklahoma St. 79, South Carolina 52
• No. 12 UConn 95, Maine 68