Nov. 12, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Big 12 co-favorite Oklahoma State proved worthy of its No. 8 ranking in running past Utah Valley University, 93-40, on Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Wolverines (2-1) played their second game in as many nights after defeating North Carolina A&T at home on Monday night. UVU made its way to Stillwater early Tuesday morning, leaving Orem at 4 a.m. before arriving at its hotel just after noon.
"We certainly would have liked to have been more competitive but I told the players after the game that nobody should hang their heads at all," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. "They (Oklahoma State) have some wonderful players and have high expectations and a national player of the year candidate. This game will be a learning opportunity for us and hopefully we can take advantage of that."
The Cowboys (2-0) jumped ahead 15-2 early and minutes later scored 13 straight points to build a 28-5 lead midway through the first half. OSU led 50-25 at the break after connecting on 10-of-18 from three and turning 12 UVU turnovers into 16 points.
All-American and reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Marcus Smart finished with a stat line of 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and nine steals. OSU forced 23 turnovers and turned those into 30 points.
Hayes Garrity and Keawe Enos both scored eight points to lead UVU with Ben Aird and Zach Nelson adding seven apiece. Aird and Mitch Bruneel each grabbed six rebounds.
Phil Forte led all scorers with 19 and hit four 3-pointer on a night that Oklahoma State knocked 14 from beyond the arc. OSU had six players score in double figures.
The No. 8 ranking stands as the highest a UVU opponent has been ranked during the program's NCAA era, now in its 11th season. The Wolverines have also faced No. 10 Marquette and No. 18 Minnesota in past seasons.
Next week, Utah Valley will face its second ranked team in as many games on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Oregon.