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January 26, 2013

Cowboys use big second half to top WVU





Oklahoma State (13-5, 3-3) used a late first half run to erase a double digit deficit and seize momentum to beat West Virginia (9-10, 2-4) 80 to 66 Saturday in Stillwater.

The Mountaineers led 24-11 at the 5:17 mark of the first half, but the Pokes proceeded to roll off a 19-3 run to take a 30-27 lead into the break that propelled them to a dominating second half.

West Virginia got double figures from Eron Harris with 17 points, Deniz Kilicli 12 points and Aaric Murray 11 points, while the Cowboys got a career high 26-points from Phil Forte and 24 from Markel Brown.

Oklahoma State jumped out to an early 7-4 lead in the first four minutes of the game and Gary Browne added another basket to cut the early lead down to a single point. Harris would give West Virginia their first lead of the game on a three-pointer after forcing a Cowboys turnover on the other end of the floor.

The Mountaineers would cash in on another turnover to take a 11-7 lead, as the Cowboys struggled from the floor going through a stretching hitting only 2 of 9 from the field. Kilicli then got active as the Mountaineers extended their lead to 17-11 with less than eight minutes left in the half.

West Virginia took its biggest lead of the half on a three ball on the right wing by Terry Henderson as the Mountaineers went up 20-11 over the Cowboys that continued to struggle to hit their shots. The good play continued for the Mountaineers as they doubled up Oklahoma State on a strong move by Juwan State to the rim.

The struggles continued for the Cowboys, and Kilicli provided the Mountaineers with quality minutes including a strong move to the basket from the foul-line to put the score at 24-11. Oklahoma State finally ended their drought on a three-pointer to cut the lead to ten and a pair of free throws cut the advantage to single digits with under five minutes left in the half.

Markel Brown topped off a quick seven-point run for the Pokes to cut the lead down to six points, and a pair of three throws made it a four-point advantage in a hurry. Harris ended the run after some contact on the other end of the floor led to a wide open three-pointer.

However, the Cowboys would score seven quick points to tie the game up at 27-all and completely erase the 13-point lead West Virginia had built. And after a miss on the other end, Oklahoma State would take the lead on a wide open three from the corner to go up 30-27 after West Virginia controlled much of the first half.

Cowboys opened the second half with a three-pointer to take a 33-27 lead, but Harris responded back with a three-pointer of his own. The two teams then traded baskets on the other end, to cut the lead to 35-32 with 17:22 left in the first half.

Oklahoma State extended their lead to eight from 40-32, but West Virginia was able to get a basket from Aaric Murray and Kilicli put the score at 40-36 with 14:27 left in the half. That lead quickly swelled to ten points at 46-36 as the Cowboys seized momentum in the first ten minutes of the second half.

The lead hovered around 10-points for the next four-minutes, but five quick points put the game at 55-40 with less than 10-minutes to play. From that point, the Cowboys seized control and were able to cruise to a victory as the Mountaineers struggled to generate offense and make stops on the defensive end.


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