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(Wednesday, December 19th)
Final Score: (24) Oklahoma State 69, Texas-Arlington 44
Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Markel Brown logged 17 points and five steals as No. 24 Oklahoma State downed turnover-prone Texas-Arlington, 69-44, at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Phil Forte scored 13 points, while Le'Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart each chipped in 10 for the Cowboys (9-1), who have won four straight since their lone loss against Virginia Tech.
"We're 9-1, and I think that there are so many areas that we can get better at and will get better at," OSU head coach Travis Ford said. "It's good that we have a good record, but we're not a great team yet. We want to be great in February or March."
Texas-Arlington (5-3) committed a whopping 31 turnovers to fall to a Big 12 team for the third time this season. Jamel Outler netted a team-high 14 points in a losing effort.
The Mavericks turned it over 10 times in the opening nine minutes and missed seven of their first nine shots to find themselves down, 17-5.
"I think our guys got really tentative and scared," UTA head coach Scott Cross said. "That's how it looked to me."
The difference reached 25-8 a little later after Brown blocked a driving Drew Charles to start a fastbreak that led to Mike Cobbins' dunk.
A late 7-0 run had UT Arlington within 28-17, but the Cowboys scored the last eight points, the final two coming off Brown's steal and layup to build a 19- point lead.
Despite not shooting well out of the break, Oklahoma State's lead never dipped below 16 in the second half.
Oklahoma State has held its opponents to under 60 points in six of its last eight games ... The Cowboys outscored the Mavericks at the foul line, 12-1 ... UT Arlington also lost to Oklahoma on Nov. 16 and Texas on Dec. 1 ... The Cowboys lead the all-time series, 11-1.
12/19 22:54:28 ET
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