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Austin American-Statesman - - BASKETBALL - TI­MOTHY D. EASLEY / AP

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.

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