Oklahoma St. 94, Jackson St. 53
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP)—Mario Boggan scored 18 points and David Monds added 17 as Oklahoma State defeated Jackson State 94-53 Sunday in the first round of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational.
The Oklahoma State defense swarmed Jackson State, forcing 22 turnovers and out-rebounding the Tigers 51-22.
The Cowboys (2-0) connected on 31-of-56 field goals and provided plenty of highlight footage with a barrage of high-flying slam dunks and acrobatic lay-ins.
The decisive first half was marked by a series of Oklahoma State runs. The first was an 8-0 run that was ignited by Aaron Pettways emphatic powerhouse jam with 15:13 remaining.
He was fouled on the play and converted the free throw, giving the Cowboys an early 9-5 advantage. A three-point basket from Byron Eaton and two Boggan free throws made it 14-5.
Jackson State (0-1) tried to hang around early on. Hilton Tompkins and Dakari Wallace connected on a pair of three-point baskets, trimming the lead to 16-11.
But Oklahoma State responded with a 15-4 run, stretching the margin to 31-15 with 4:56 remaining in the half. Boggan, who was quiet in limited first-half action, erupted for 8 points in the final 2:16, as the Cowboys lead ballooned to 44-24.
Oklahoma State had 15 assists in the game, including 5 by JamesOn Curry. Kenny Cooper scored 12 points. Roderick Flemings scored 11 and Curry added 10 in the victory.
Wallace led Jackson State with 11 points and Clinton Johnson scored 10.
Head coach Eddie Sutton returned to the court for the game after missing the regular season opener because of chronic back pain.