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December 16, 2012

Pokes roll over Central Arkansas

STILLWATER, Okla. — The way No. 24 Oklahoma State started out in Sunday’s game, coach Travis Ford hardly recognized his team.

After a quick timeout, the Cowboys were back to their usual selves.

Le’Bryan Nash scored 19 points, Markel Brown had 14 points and eight rebounds and OSU overcame an early 11-point deficit to beat Central Arkansas 91-63 on Sunday.

The Cowboys (8-1) fell behind 22-11 after 8 minutes but came out of Ford’s timeout and scored the next 13 points to take the lead for good.

“I had seen enough,” Ford said. “The problem was things we haven’t been seeing — the carelessness with the ball and then getting beat off the dribble with no protection. When I saw those things, I knew this is not us. We haven’t seen this. I need to get their attention a little bit.

“We kind of woke up from there.”

Central Arkansas made 10 of its first 15 shots, often quick baskets in transition, before the game turned in the opposite direction.

The Bears missed their next 12 attempts against changing defenses, and OSU roared back to take the lead when Brown converted a layup while getting fouled and then head-butted the basket support in celebration. He completed the three-point play to make it 24-22 with 6:42 left in the first half.

“They kind of hit us in the mouth,” Brown said. “So we had to respond quickly and get back into the game before it was over.”

The big run still wasn’t done, with the Cowboys continuing on to outscore UCA 23-2 during an 81⁄2-minute stretch when the Bears went without a field goal.

“We’re pretty good in transition when we’re pushing the basketball,” Bears coach Corliss Williamson said. “Once OSU went on a run, it was like we were kind of froze or a little shell-shocked and we stopped attacking on the other end of the court.”

Jordan Harks tied his career high with 16 points and Jarvis Garner added 14 points for Central Arkansas (4-4).

The Bears played with starting point guard LaQuentin Miles, their second-leading scorer, because of a broken hand.

Phil Forte had 12 points and Michael Cobbins and Marcus Smart each scored 10 for Oklahoma State, which racked up a 53-35 rebounding advantage and outscored the Bears 44-26 in the paint.

Nash had a putback, a three-point play and a spinning layup during a 13-4 spurt that put the game away after Central Arkansas closed to 42-33 early in the second half.

Walk-on Alex Budke, the son of late Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke, hit a 3-pointer for OSU’s final points. Kurt Budke died in a plane crash last year, and his son subsequently returned to Stillwater to play for the Cowboys.

The crowd stood and cheered for Budke’s first points at OSU.

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