Texas Longhorns defeat Oklahoma State Cowboys in first game without Marcus Smart

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Javan Felix scored 27 points, making six 3-pointers and No. 19 Texas rolled to an 87-68 win over Oklahoma State.

Felix scored eight consecutive points that pushed Texas' lead to 22 early in the first half. The Longhorns (19-5, 8-3) led 54-33 at halftime despite playing without leading scorer Jonathan Holmes, who sat out with a knee injury. "We're going through a tough time right now. We're not down, not blaming anybody else," Oklahoma State center Kamari Murphy said. "There's no excuses."

Le'Bryan Nash led Oklahoma State (16-8, 4-7) with 23 points.

OSU was playing its first game without guard Marcus Smart, who was given a three-game suspension by the Big 12 after he shoved Red Raiders fan Jeff Orr near the end of the Cowboys' 65-61 loss at Texas Tech on Saturday.

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Cowboys head coach Travis Ford refused to blame the loss on Smart's absence. Instead he credited his team for playing hard, though they could not stop Texas from making key shots.

"This has nothing to do with Marcus Smart," Ford said. "He wasn't here tonight. We have to play with what we've got. To be honest with you, I don't even want to talk about it."

Still, without Smart in the lineup for the first time this season, Oklahoma State struggled to keep up with Texas in the first half.

The Longhorns didn't miss a beat without Holmes as Felix scored seemingly at will. Felix was 6-of-8 shooting on 3 pointers and was just one point shy of his career high.

He had plenty of help as Texas had four players score in double figures. Isaiah Taylor scored 16, Martez Walker scored 12 and Cameron Ridley had his sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Texas' outburst came three days after the Longhorns scored just 18 points in the first half of a loss at Kansas State that ended a seven-game winning streak.

Back home, Texas made eight 3-pointers and shot better than 50 percent for most of the first half.

Conner Lammert, who got just his second start of the season in place of Holmes, made three 3-pointers in the first half. Felix turned it into a rout with an 8-pointer burst - two 3-pointers and a layup - that pushed Texas' lead to 36-14.

Felix opened the second half with two more 3-pointers. He followed the first one with a steal that set up his second in transition. The run ended any chance of a Cowboys rally before it could even begin.

Cowboys coach Travis Ford noted that Texas came in as the second-worst shooting team from 3-point range in the Big 12.

"They go out and make 11," Ford said. "You can't sit around and hope a team misses, you've got to do something about it."

Oklahoma State was ranked No. 11 when these teams first met early in the Big 12 schedule. The Cowboys have fallen hard from the early projections of conference title contenders and now lost five in a row.

Texas has not set a timetable for Holmes to return, but he is not expected to miss the rest of the season.

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