LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Marcus Smart scored 30 points, and No. 5 Oklahoma State nearly blew a big lead before beating Purdue 97-87 on Thursday in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic.
Markel Brown added 25 points for the Cowboys (6-0), who came in averaging 100.2 points and had defeated their first five opponents by an average of 37.8.
Oklahoma State led 52-29 at halftime after going to the foul line 25 times.
The Boilermakers stormed back late and pulled within 84-80 on a 3-pointer by Kendall Stephens with 3 minutes left. Brown and Smart made layups to give Oklahoma State a little breathing room.
Johnson didn't get his first points until making a basket a minute into the second half.
The Cowboys went ahead 67-46 with 14 minutes left on a pair of dunks by Brian Williams. This is the first time Oklahoma State has scored 90 or more points in six consecutive games.
Smart, who scored 24 before halftime, received a technical after reacting to a foul call against him midway through the second half. He spent considerable time on the bench with four fouls.
Johnson and Brown were both given technicals during a brief scrum later in the half.
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