Forte sets program record for career 3-point shooting in win over Arkansas
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) —
Jeffrey Carroll scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Phil Forte had 18 points and six assists, and Oklahoma State beat Arkansas 99-71 on Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Forte, a sixth-year senior, shot 4 of 9 from 3-point range to become just the seventh Big 12 player ever to reach 300 made 3-pointers. He also broke the Oklahoma State school record of 299 set by Keiton Page from 2008-12.
Jawun Evans added 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Cowboys (13-8), who won their third straight after a six-game losing streak.
Jaylen Barford scored 21 points to lead Arkansas (16-5), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped.
Oklahoma State started quickly, amassing early leads of 9-0 and 14-2, while the Razorbacks missed their first four shots and five of their first six.
Arkansas pulled within 25-17 with 10:20 left in the opening half, but the Cowboys went on an 18-5 run over the next five-plus minutes to push the advantage over 20. Oklahoma State led 59-33 at halftime.
Arkansas: After battling back from a 15-point deficit in the final 6:02 to win 71-70 at Vanderbilt on Tuesday, the Razorbacks couldn't put together back-to-back miracle comebacks. They had difficulty slowing down Oklahoma State's potent offense, allowing 59 first-half points and 99 overall, both season-highs. After four straight SEC wins, Arkansas will undoubtedly be happy to get back to their conference schedule.
Oklahoma State: The defensive changes that sparked the Cowboys to two straight Big 12 victories helped them again in this one, limiting Arkansas to 41.4 percent shooting (24 for 58), while connecting on 54.3 percent of their shots from the floor (19 for 35) in the first half and 50 percent (33-of-66) overall. It was the third straight game hitting the 50 percent mark.
Arkansas resumes SEC play on Wednesday at home against Alabama.
Oklahoma State returns to Big 12 action on Monday, traveling cross-state to take on rivals Oklahoma in what is locally known as a "Bedlam" matchup.