Marcus Smart produced a “big change” in Oklahoma State’s win


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A West Virginia player made an “inappropriate move” on Smart, prompting a technical foul and an OSU rally.

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Even though he was just watching the game, Celtics guard Marcus Smart helped his alma mater Oklahoma State beat Big 12 rival West Virginia on Monday night.

With just over seven minutes remaining, West Virginia held a double-digit lead over Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers enjoyed a 9-2 run thanks to Eric Stevenson’s three 3-pointers.

According to Oklahoma’s Jacob Unruh, Stevenson made an inappropriate comment and “gesturing” to Smart after making his final 3-pointer.

The officials whistled Stevenson for a technical foul, and Stevenson fouled out soon after. Oklahoma State outscored West Virginia on a 13-5 run in the final minutes to win 67-60.

“It’s a big change,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “He knows better. Kenyon Martin was a hot guy. Kenyon Martin didn’t do anything stupid to get a technique and hurt his team. But he was fiery. Pete Michael was a hot guy. I had a lot of hot guys, but I didn’t hurt their colleagues. It’s not fair.”

Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton Jr. thanked Smart for drawing the technical foul and talked about the importance of Smart’s presence in the game.

“I can’t say enough about how important former players are to our program,” Boynton Jr. said. [Detroit guard] Cad [Cunningham].

“They played last night, they’re playing tomorrow, so he can take his time, he could have easily told me he needs to rest. It’s so important to come here, support these kids, come in this locker room and send the message that practice doesn’t have to be hard, it doesn’t have to be comfortable.


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