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Josh Pastner reacts to road blowout

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MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - The head Tiger Josh Pastner met with media on Monday, discussing a 101-80 loss to #7 Oklahoma State in which he called his team "shell-shocked" during the game.

"We just got punched in the mouth," said Pastner. "Our bell got rung a little bit and we didn't respond."

The punch mainly came from All-America Point Guard Marcus Smart. Smart, a sophomore, would have been a Top 5 pick in last year's NBA Draft, but chose to stay another season to work on his jump-shooting. So far, it has helped. Smart, a 29% shooter from 3 point land, hit 5-10 threes on the way to a 39 point explosion against the Tigers. Smart outscored Memphis' starting 5 39-35 by himself.

The lone bright spot for Memphis was the play of freshman small forward Nick King. The hometown swingman scored 23 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Pastner was criticized and questioned about King's lack of playing time in favor of the four senior guards. Joe Jackson, Michael Dixon, Chris Crawford, and Geron Johnson combined to shoot 8-34 with 21 points.

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