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           === Tennessee Tech no match for No. 24 Oklahoma State ===
 
 Stillwater,  OK  (Sports Network) - Phil  Forte connected on six 3-pointers en
 route  to a  game-high 22  points  off the  bench,  as No.  24 Oklahoma  State
 dominated Tennessee Tech, 78-42, on Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
 
 Kamari  Murphy added 12 points, while Marcus Smart and Markel Brown donated 11
 points  apiece for  the Cowboys (10-1), who have won five straight since their
 lone loss of the season at Virginia Tech on Dec. 1.
 
 "My teammates do a great job of trying to find me when I'm open," the freshman
 Forte remarked. "They've got a lot of belief in me, so it's easy to shoot when
 you have teammates that really trust you."
 
 Jud Dillard carried the Golden Eagles (6-6) with 18 points and six rebounds in
 the  setback,  Tennessee Tech's  second in  a row  and third  in its last four
 games.
 
 "They just played well," Tennessee Tech coach Steve Payne said of the Cowboys.
 "We had a hard time dealing with their size. They took us out of everything we
 wanted to do with their physicality."
 
 Oklahoma  State  jumped out to an  early double-digit lead, as Smart, Le'Bryan
 Nash  and  Brown each knocked down  a 3-pointer before Michael Cobbins' jumper
 made it 14-4 just under six minutes into the contest.
 
 Dillard  drained a  pair of  free throws  at the  other end,  but the  Cowboys
 countered  with the next 12 points, including eight from Forte, to build a 20-
 point advantage with 10:42 left in the first half.
 
 Dillard  kept the  Golden Eagles  in the  contest with  13 first-half  points,
 including  a 3-pointer to trim the margin to 34-19 with under a minute left in
 the half.
 
 The Cowboys, though, netted the final four points of the frame to take a 38-19
 advantage into the break.
 
 After  the  teams exchanged buckets over  the early stages of the second half,
 Oklahoma State put the game away with a 21-3 surge.
 
 With  the lead at 20 and just under 13 minutes remaining, Nash buried a jumper
 to  start the spurt  before Murphy capped it with a dunk to give the Cowboys a
 comfortable 70-32 advantage with six minutes left in the game.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Cowboys improved to  7-0 at home this season ... Tennessee Tech shot just
 26.7  percent (4-for-15) from three-point range, while Oklahoma State shot 40.
 7 percent (11-for-27) from distance ... Oklahoma State is off until New Year's
 Eve when they host No. 14 Gonzaga.
 
 12/22 19:03:54 ET

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