Forte rallies Cowboys past West Virginia 80-66By JEFF LATZKE, AP Sports Writer Saturday, Jan 26, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP)—Freshman Phil Forte scored a career-high 26 points in his first game since switching jersey numbers, Markel Brown added 24 points and Oklahoma State rallied from 13 points down to rout West Virginia 80-66 on Saturday.
Forte, wearing No. 13, hit three 3-pointers as the Cowboys (13-5, 3-3 Big 12) wiped away their big deficit with a 19-3 burst to finish the first half, then connected on two more during an 11-4 run early in the second half that put OSU in command. Oklahoma State’s lead stretched to 15 after an electrifying stretch that featured a three-point play off of a tip-in by Michael Cobbins, a steal and run-out slam by Marcus Smart and then Cobbins’ two-handed dunk.
The Mountaineers (9-10, 2-4) never got closer than 11 over the final 10 minutes.
Eron Harris scored 17 points to lead West Virginia and Deniz Kilicli had 12 points before fouling out.