Carroll's big day leads OSU to win over UT-Rio Grande Valley
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) —
Jeffrey Carroll scored 22 points and Kendall Smith had 18 points and four assists as Oklahoma State rolled to a 102-83 victory over UT-Rio Grande Valley on Friday.
Mitchell Solomon added 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds and the Cowboys (10-2) won their third-straight with a season-high offensive output.
Xavier McDaniel Jr. scored 17 points and Nick Dixon had 14 for UT-Rio Grande Valley (6-8).
After Mike Hoffman sank a 3-pointer with 11:28 left in the opening half, UT-Rio Grande Valley led 16-15, but Oklahoma State responded with a game-changing run to take control. The Cowboys reeled off a 21-4 run over the next seven minutes, and took a 53-34 lead into halftime. They then scored the first seven points of the second half, and built up an advantage of as much as 28, and held at least a 19-point edge the rest of the way.
UT-Rio Grande Valley: The Vaqueros opened the contest strong, hanging with a good OSU team and even holding the lead into the ninth minute. But when Oklahoma State ratcheted up the defensive pressure midway through the first half, UTRGV had a difficult time dealing with it, turning the ball over on multiple possessions in a row as the Cowboys took over the game. The Vaqueros ended up with 13 turnovers in the first half and 19 overall, one fewer than their season high of 20 on Nov. 25 in an 82-76 loss to Grambling State.
Oklahoma State: After setting a school record with just one free throw attempt in their previous game, a 71-59 win over Tulsa, the Cowboys were far more aggressive in driving the lane in this one. Oklahoma State, which entered the day leading the Big 12 and ranking fifth in the nation with 79.6 percent free-throw shooting, got to the line a season-high 34 times, knocking down 29 (85.3 percent).
UT-Rio Grande Valley: The Vaqueros are off until Sat., Dec. 30 when they face Hampton at home.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are off for the holidays, returning to action at home against No. 10 West Virginia on Fri., Dec. 29 in their Big 12 Conference opener.