STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State needed most of the first half to get going Saturday. But once they did, the Cowboys rolled past Texas, 78-65, at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Trailing, 29-26, with 2:32 to play in the opening half, No. 15 Oklahoma State used an 11-2 run to intermission to take a lead, then pulled away, moving to 22-6 overall and 12-4 in the Big 12. Texas fell to 13-16 and 5-11. Markel Brown scored a game-high 18 points to lead a balanced Cowboys scoring effort. Le'Bryan Nash had 16, Phil Forte 14 and Marcus Smart 11 for the Cowboys. Julien Lewis led Texas with 15 points off the bench. Myck Kabongo, averaging 18.6 points in five games since his return from NCAA suspension, managed only seven points and committed five turnovers. Following their late first-half run, Oklahoma State scored the first six points of the second half. From there, the lead grew to 47-33, 54-37 and 65-46. Texas was coming off an overtime win over Oklahoma that featured a rally from 22 points down. And the Longhorns hoped to carry that momentum into Stillwater. They did, for a while. Texas controlled the early stages of the game, as Oklahoma State struggled getting shots to fall and committed 10 turnovers. Lewis had a team-high eight points off the bench in the first half for Texas, which owned its biggest lead at 15-7 less than seven minutes in. Eventually the Cowboys surged, finishing the half with a flurry. Forte's 3-pointer gave Oklahoma State the lead at 32-31, before Marcus Smart scored the final five points of the half to make it 37-31. NOTES: In the first meeting of the season, a 72-59 Cowboys' victory in Austin, Texas made only 1-of-18 shots from beyond the arc. The Longhorns made three of their first four Saturday and finished 9-of-22 on 3-pointers. ... With 18 points against Texas, Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown became the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark. ... Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Smart continues to earn widespread notice. Smart is a finalist for the Tisdale and Cousy awards and remains on the watch list for the Wooden and Naismith awards.
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