No. 24 Cowboys run past Central Arkansas 91-63
- Article by: JEFF LATZKE
- Associated Press
- December 16, 2012 - 5:42 PM
STILLWATER, Okla. - Le'Bryan Nash scored 19 points, Markel Brown had 14 points and eight rebounds and No. 24 Oklahoma State overcame a slow start to beat Central Arkansas 91-63 on Sunday.
The Cowboys (8-1) fell behind by 11 in the first 8 minutes of the game, but responded with 13 straight points to take the lead for good.
Phil Forte had 12 points and Michael Cobbins and Marcus Smart each scored 10 for Oklahoma State.
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. Oliver Wells took his place in the lineup but lasted less than 2 minutes before picking up two quick fouls and heading to the bench. Wells ended up with one point, three assists and two turnovers.
The Cowboys racked up a 53-35 rebounding advantage, outscored the Bears 44-26 in the paint and led by at least nine throughout the second half. Nash had a putback, a three-point play and a spinning layup during a 13-4 spurt that put the game away 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.
Robert Crawford, who had a career-best 39 points in the Bears' last game, scored 11 on 3-for-10 shooting from 3-point range. He came in making 54 percent of his attempts. UCA was making 41 percent but went 6 for 26 against Oklahoma State.
Central Arkansas claimed a 22-11 lead over the first 8 minutes by hitting 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 Oklahoma State 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 before halftime.
The big run still wasn't done, with the Cowboys continuing on to outscore UCA 23-2 during an 8 1/2-minute stretch when the Bears went without a field goal.
Oklahoma State led by as much as 15 before Crawford's 3-pointer to end the half cut it to 42-30.
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