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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Le’Bryan Nash has breakout performance in Oklahoma State’s upset over Missouri


Oklahoma State guard Le'Bryan Nash, shown earlier this season against Texas, had a big night in the Cowboys’ win over No. 2 Missouri, scoring 27 points. (Michael Thomas - AP)
Much like his team, Oklahoma State highly touted freshman Le’Bryan Nash has been inconsistent at best this season. The former McDonald’s all-American has struggled to adapt to the college game at times.

But one game after scoring four points in a loss to Kansas, Nash authored his breakout performance in the Cowboys’ 79-72 victory over No. 2 Missouri. Nash scored 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the floor.

In a postgame interview with ESPN.com, Nash said: “This win is going to do a lot for this team — especially me. My confidence has been up and down. I have not been consistent scoring the ball, and I have needed to be more consistent as far as playing hard.

“That was one of the hardest games I have ever played in my life, because I wanted to win. I played hard. Good things will happen for me and this team.”

Before the performance, Nash was averaging about 11 points per game and shooting 35 percent from the field.

“Coming in as the highest-rated recruit in the history of the program, I knew all the hype was going to be about me,” Nash also told ESPN.com. “It was just motivation for me. When I don’t play well and people say negative stuff, that just gives me motivation to play harder, even better.”

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