No. 24 Oklahoma State Cowboys round up Golden Eagles, 78-42


STILLWATER, Okla. – It's easy to see why Oklahoma State named their mascot Pistol Pete, as the No. 24 ranked Cowboys used hot shooting from both the field and 3-point line to down the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 78-42 Saturday afternoon.

The Cowboys proved why they rank among the nation's top 25 teams, out-performing the Golden Eagles in most aspects of the game. OSU led in rebounds, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, assists, steals, blocks, and field goals attempted.

Tech could not match the 11-for-27 3-point performance put up by the Cowboys, shooting just under 27 percent from behind the arc in the contest. OSU used a rounded attack against the Golden Eagles with five players scoring in double digits.

Freshman guard Phil Forte led the OSU attack, scoring 22 points off the bench, including six 3-pointers. Marcus Smart, a freshman guard who is projected as a lottery pick in the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft, scored 11 points while fellow NBA Draft hopeful Markel Brown, a junior guard, chipped in 11 points as well.

Senior guard Jud Dillard led the Tech scoring effort for the third consecutive game, dropping 18 points on the Cowboys on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. He also added six rebounds during the contest.

Dennis Ogbe, a junior forward from Munich, Germany led the rebounding effort for the Golden Eagles, coming down with eight in nearly 30 minutes of play. A transfer from SMU, junior guard Jeremiah Samarrippas totaled 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the second half.

Tech will wrap up its five-game road stretch, which will span nearly three weeks by the end of it, when it opens conference play at Jacksonville State on Dec. 29. The contest, which is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. CST start, will be the first game of Ohio Valley Conference for both teams.