COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MEN’S ROUNDUP
Cincinnati scoots past Xavier in first game since teams brawled last season.
Markel Brown scored 17 points and Phil Forte added 13 to lead No. 24 Oklahoma State to a 6944 victory over TexasArlington on Wednesday night.
Le’Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart both had 10 points and Philip Jurick pulled down 10 rebounds for the Cowboys (9-1) in Stillwater, Okla. Brown and Smart combined for nine steals.
Reserve Jamel Outler had 14 points and Kevin Butler added 11 for the Mavericks (5-3), who committed 31 turnovers. Karol Gruszecki, coming off a career-high 18 points, did not score.
Texas-Arlington committed 20 turnovers in the first half, four in the first 4 minutes, and Oklahoma State built a 13-3 advantage on the way to a 36-17 halftime lead.
The visitors did not hit the 20-point mark until Drew Charles’ short jumper with 14:20 remaining in the game.
Kirby Gardner’s basket put the Cowboys up 4623 with 10:34 left and the Mavericks got no closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
Forte hit three 3pointers in the final 6 minutes, the third putting the Cowboys up 26 points with just under 4 minutes left.
Four early turnovers by the Mavericks and three 3-pointers helped Oklahoma State build a 13-3 lead in the opening 4 minutes. Thirteen minutes in, Texas-Arlington had 13 turnovers and trailed 258. Smart’s 3-pointer made it 28-10 with 6 minutes left in the half.
The Mavericks used a 7-0 run to get within 28-17 with 3:29 left in the half. But the Cowboys reeled off eight straight points to end the half with a 36-17 lea. Brown led all scorers at halftime with 13 points.
The Mavericks committed 20 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes and hit 7 of 23 shots.
Oklahoma State entered the game allowing 58.2 points per game, fourth in the Big 12.
Texas-Arlington dropped to 5-65 all-time against Big 12 schools, including 0-3 this season. The Mavericks dropped a 63-59 decision to Oklahoma on Nov. 16 and fell 70-54 at Texas on Dec. 1.
Oklahoma State improved to 178-4 against non-conference opponents at home since 1987.
No. 1 Duke 88, Cornell 47: Seth Curry scored 20 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 and the host Blue Devils (100) reeled off 23 straight points to rout the Big Red (4-7). Shonn Miller had 14 points to lead Cornell, which missed its first 10 shots of the second half. Duke was playing as a topranked team for the 210th time under Mike Krzyze- wski — but the first since February 2011.
No. 5 Louisville 79, Fla. International 55: Peyton Siva’s career highs of five 3-pointers and 12 assists helped the host Cardinals (10-1) beat the Panthers (3-5). It was the first meeting between Cardinals coach Rick Pitino and Richard Pitino, his son and FIU counterpart. The younger Pitino, 30, served two stints as a Louisville assistant before taking over for Isiah Thomas at FIU this season. The younger Pitino drew a nice cheer from the crowd of 21,411 during introductions.
No. 6 Indiana 93, Mount St. Mary’s 54: Cody Zeller finished with 16 points and six rebounds, and Christian Watford added 15 points and eight rebounds in leading the host Hoosiers (10-1) past the Mountaineers (4-5). Mount St. Mary’s was led by Rashad Whack with 17 points.
No. 8 Florida 82, SE Louisiana 43: Mike Rosario scored a seasonhigh 20 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists, and the
Louisville coach Rick Pitino (left) shakes hands with his son Richard Pitino before dad’s team beat his son’s Florida International team 79-55 on Wednesday. It was their first head-to-head coaching matchup.