The Associated Press
STILLWATER — Phil Forte scored 19 points to lead six double-figure scorers and No. 8 Oklahoma State cruised past Utah Valley 93-40 on Tuesday night.
The Cowboys (2-0) hit 10 of 18 from 3-point range in the first half and 14 of 33 from beyond the arc for the game. Forte, who had 22 points in a reserve role in the opener, and Marcus Smart, who had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, combined to hit 8 of 17 from 3-point range.
After draining 4 of 7 from beyond 3-point line against Mississippi Valley State last Friday, Forte, a sophomore guard, was 4 of 8 on Tuesday.
Freshman Stevie Clark was 3 of 4 from 3-point range, finished 16 points and had six assists.
Le’Bryan Nash (11), Brian Williams (10) and Markel Brown (10) also scored in double figures for the Cowboys.
Brown and Kamari Murphy each pulled down six rebounds as Oklahoma State led 50-25 at halftime.
Keawe Enos and Hayes Garrity both had eight points for Utah Valley (2-1), which was 14 of 48 from the field, scored 15 second-half points and committed 23 turnovers.
Senior Holton Hunsaker, who entered Tuesday averaging 18 points a game, finished with two. Ben Aird and Mitch Bruneel both had six rebounds.
The Cowboys hit 6 of 8 shots to open the game, including three 3-pointers, and built a 15-2 lead just 3 1/2 minutes in.
In the season-opening win over Mississippi Valley State, the Cowboys used a 34-10 run to end the first half in a 55-point rout. On Tuesday, OSU did not take as long to warm up, outscoring the Wolverines 37-10 in the first 13 minutes.
Twelve players scored for Oklahoma State, which committed just seven turnovers.
Texas 82, South Alabama 77: Jonathan Holmes scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half and Texas erased a 17-point deficit to pick up a 82-77 win over South Alabama on Tuesday night.
Texas (2-0) scored the first basket but did not lead again until late in the second half. South Alabama (1-1) opened the game on 18-8 run and eventually took a 45-31 halftime lead, hitting 10 of 21 3-pointers in the first half.
But Holmes scored the Longhorns’ first eight points of the second half, fueling a 17-7 Texas run. Prince Ibeh’s lay-up with 6:22 to go made it a one-possession game for the first time since the 16:58 mark of the first half and Isaiah Taylor converted a lay-up to give the Longhorns a 73-72 lead, their first since there was 19:09 remaining in the first half.
Virginia Tech 87, West Virginia 82: Freshman Ben Emelogu scored a game-high 22 points to lead Virginia Tech past West Virginia 87-82 on Tuesday.
Adam Smith added 19 points for the Hokies (1-1), who rallied from a 17-point deficit in the first half. Smith scored seven of Virginia Tech’s last nine points.
Smith’s three-point play with 33.2 seconds to play gave the Hokies an 83-79 lead, and after West Virginia’s Remi Dibo hit a 3-pointer with 23.7 seconds left to cut the lead to one, Smith hit two free throws to push the lead to 85-82 with 16.2 seconds remaining.
West Virginia (1-1) had a chance to tie the game, but Nathan Adrian’s 3-pointer was short and Virginia Tech’s Devin Wilson got the rebound. He made two free throws with 5 seconds left to seal the game for Virginia Tech.
Wilson finished with 16 points for the Hokies. Dibo led West Virginia with 17 points.
Iowa State 80, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 50: DeAndre Kane led five players in double figures with 15 points and Iowa State rolled past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 80-50 on Tuesday night.
Dustin Hogue and Matt Thomas each had 13 for the Cyclones (2-0), who overcame a somewhat sluggish start with an 18-2 run to start the second half.
Georges Niang, who added 12 points and five assists, put the Cyclones ahead by 20 with a jumper. Thomas’s layup with 14:44 left made it 50-28 Iowa State.
Monte Morris converted a four-point play with 8:20 left to give the Cyclones a 30-point lead.
Morris finished with 11 points for Iowa State, which faces its first major test of the season at home against No. 7 Michigan on Sunday.
Jeff Beverly had 14 points for the Islanders (1-1).
Longwood 82, TCU 79: Tristan Carey scored 31 points and Lucas Woodhouse hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left as Longwood spoiled TCU’s home-opener with an 82-79 win Tuesday night.
Carey’s seventh 3-pointer pushed the Lancers ahead just four minutes after TCU took its first lead of the game with 8:32 to play. After Carey’s 3 from the right corner, Karl Ziegler and Jaylani Dublin each scored on putbacks and the Lancers made 9 of 10 free throws down the stretch.
But after Longwood turned the ball over on TCU’s end of the court with 20.9 seconds left, TCU’s Brandon Parrish hit a 3-pointer and Kyan Anderson hit two free throws to tie the game 79-79 with 7.1 seconds left.
Longwood won just its 16th win in a true road game since first playing a Division I schedule in 2004-2005.
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