Oklahoma State pulls away from Tulsa
Kendall Smith scored 16 points and Jeffrey Carroll added 14, helping Oklahoma State outlast Tulsa 71-59 on Tuesday in Stillwater, Okla.
Junior Etou scored 18 points and Sterling Taplin added 14 for the Golden Hurricane, who shot 37.7 percent from the floor.
After Tulsa (7-5) got within four points inside of three minutes, the Cowboys hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 69-59 with 1:05 left.
The teams traded runs to start the second half.
Oklahoma State (9-2) started the second half with a 10-2 run, but Tulsa responded with a 13-4 run to retake the lead 43-42 on a Curran Scott 3-pointer with 13:13 to go.
Trailing by two with 11:30 left, the Cowboys outscored Tulsa 11-2 to take a 55-48 lead with 8:05 remaining.
Oklahoma State was coming off 71-70 win over No. 19 Florida State.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for Tulsa (7-5).
The Golden Hurricane led for most of the first half, but the Cowboys closed with an 8-1 run to tie it at 28 at the break.
Etou hit a 3-pointer to put the Golden Hurricane on top 7-5 two minutes into the game.
Tulsa led 19-11 just over 10 minutes in despite a four-minute stretch without a field goal.
Both the Golden Hurricane (3-for-15) and the Cowboys (3-for-17) struggled from 3-point range in the first half. Tulsa committed just four fouls, and Oklahoma State was just 1-for-1 from the line in the opening 20 minutes.
Oklahoma State hosts Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Friday.
The Golden Hurricane are off for nine days before starting American Athletic Conference play against East Carolina.