No. 7 Oklahoma State beats Louisiana Tech 70-55

March 21, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard/forward Le'Bryan Nash (2) reacts against the Oregon Ducks after the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at HP Pavilion. Oregon defeated Oklahoma State 68-55. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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Le’Bryan Nash had 22 points and 10 rebounds and No. 7 Oklahoma State overcame a sluggish start to pull away to a 70-55 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

All-America guard Marcus Smart scored three points in the first half and finished with 13 for the Cowboys (9-1), who had not played a game in more than a week.

Smart added five rebounds and five assists, but the Big 12 Conference’s leading scorer watched as Nash did the bulk of the scoring against Louisiana Tech (8-3).

Markel Brown scored 13 points for the Cowboys and Kamari Murphy had 10.

Chris Anderson scored 14 points and Alex Hamilton added 12 for Louisiana Tech, which held Oklahoma State scoreless over the first 4 minutes of the game. But the Bulldogs couldn’t get any closer after pulling within 49-42 in the second half.