Updated at: 11/15/2013 9:05 PM
(AP) STILLWATER, Okla. - Phil Forte and Markel Brown each scored 22 points and No. 8 Oklahoma State beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 97-63 on Friday night.
Marcus Smart added 16 points for the Cowboys (3-0). Le’Bryan Nash had nine points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Forte shot 6-for-7 from 3-point range and Oklahoma State made 10 of 25 from behind the arc.
The Cowboys led by 12 early in the second half before going on a 32-4 run, with four 3s by Forte making it 82-42.
Tevin Hammond scored 15 points for the Lions (2-1). DeAndre McIntyre and Davon Haynes each added 13.
The two teams did some pushing and shoving in the final two minutes of the first half when Smart and Daniel Broughton tangled going for a loose ball. After watching a video replay, the officials called fouls on Broughton and Smart and gave technical fouls to Brown and the Lions’ Jaylon Floyd.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff took a 12-11 lead when Hammond made a long 3-pointer seven minutes in. After the Cowboys scored 10 straight in taking a 24-14 lead, 3s by Hammond and McIntyre brought the Lions within 25-22.
Oklahoma State led 46-30 at halftime. Brown shot 6-for-8 before the break and made three 3s.
The Lions trailed by 12 early in the second half before Forte’s shooting and Oklahoma State’s defense broke it open.
It was the third straight game that Forte, coming off the bench, has either led the team in scoring and been tied for the most points.
Oklahoma State is 22-0 all-time against SWAC opponents, including a 117-62 victory over Mississippi Valley State to open this season.
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