Enid News and Eagle
STILLWATER, Okla. — —
Markel Brown scored 17 points and Phil Forte added 13 to lead No. 24 Oklahoma State to a 69-44 victory over Texas-Arlington on Wednesday night.
Le’Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart both had 10 points and Philip Jurick pulled down 10 rebounds for the Cowboys (9-1). Brown and Smart combined for nine steals.
Reserve Jamel Outler had 14 points and Kevin Butler added 11 for the Mavericks (5-3), who committed 31 turnovers. Karol Gruszecki, coming off a career-high 18 points, did not score.
Texas-Arlington committed 20 turnovers in the first half, four in the first 4 minutes, and Oklahoma State built a 13-3 advantage on the way to a 36-17 halftime lead.
The visitors did not hit the 20-point mark until Drew Charles’ short jumper with 14:20 remaining in the game.
Kirby Gardner’s basket put the Cowboys up 46-23 with 10:34 left and the Mavericks got no closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
Forte hit three 3-pointers in the final 6 minutes, the third putting the Cowboys up 26 points with just under 4 minutes left.
Four early turnovers by the Mavericks and three 3-pointers helped Oklahoma State build a 13-3 lead in the opening 4 minutes. Thirteen minutes in, Texas-Arlington had 13 turnovers and trailed 25-8. Smart’s 3-pointer made it 28-10 with 6 minutes left in the half.
The Mavericks used a 7-0 run to get within 28-17 with 3:29 left in the half. But the Cowboys reeled off eight straight points to end the half with a 36-17 lea. Brown led all scorers at halftime with 13 points.
The Mavericks committed 20 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes and hit 7 of 23 shots.
Oklahoma State entered the game allowing 58.2 points per game, fourth in the Big 12.
Texas-Arlington dropped to 5-65 all-time against Big 12 schools, including 0-3 this season. The Mavericks dropped a 63-59 decision to Oklahoma on Nov. 16 and fell 70-54 at Texas on Dec. 1.
Oklahoma State improved to 178-4 against non-conference opponents at home since 1987.