Cowboys Overpower Kansas State, 77-61

Mason Cox was recognized in pregame ceremonies of Senior Night.

Mason Cox was recognized in pregame ceremonies of Senior Night.

March 03, 2014

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Phil Forte matched a season high with 23 points to help Oklahoma State defeat Kansas State 77-61 on Monday night.

Marcus Smart scored 18 points and Markel Brown added 15 for the Cowboys (20-10, 8-9 Big 12), who followed their victory over Kansas by winning their fourth straight.

Smart was strong in the second half for the third straight game, scoring 16 points after halftime before checking out with 1:32 remaining.

Thomas Gipson had 10 points and 13 rebounds and Wesley Iwundu added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas State (20-10, 10-7), which had won three of four and was coming off a home win over Iowa State.

Smart got off to a slow start. His first basket came with just under eight minutes left in the first half.

Oklahoma State rallied from a 22-15 deficit to take a 23-22 lead. A dunk by Le'Bryan Nash and a layup by Brown gave the Cowboys a 27-23 lead.

Oklahoma State led 35-27 at halftime after holding Kansas State to two field goals in the final 10 minutes of the half. Brown scored 12 points before the break. The Cowboys outscored the Wildcats 15-3 from the free-throw line in the first 20 minutes.

Kansas State opened the second half on a 5-0 run to cut the Cowboys' lead to 35-32, but back-to-back steals and layups by Smart and Forte pushed Oklahoma State's lead to eight.

Smart found Brian Williams for a dunk, then Forte for a 3-pointer to increase the Cowboys' advantage to 50-39 with just under 12 minutes remaining. Smart's 3-pointer with about eight minutes remaining gave Oklahoma State a 57-46 edge.

 

 

Smart committed his fourth foul with 5:38 remaining, but the Cowboys went on a 7-1 run after he went to the bench to put the game out of reach.
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