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Forte scores 19 to lead Oklahoma St. past Texas A&M-CC 92-70

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Phil Forte found his shooting stroke right before Oklahoma State opens Big 12 play.

The senior guard scored 19 points to help Oklahoma State defeat Texas A&M-Corpus-Christi 92-70 on Thursday afternoon.

Forte, one of the top 3-point shooters in Oklahoma State history, made 5 of 10 3s for the Cowboys. He had made just 13 of 62 shots overall and 10 of 41 3-pointers in the previous seven games combined.

''They are always telling me to keep shooting, whether shots are falling or not,'' Forte said. ''The coaches have always been supportive of me. When I'm out there on the court, it's more for them. I want to make the shots for them because they are putting me in the right positions.''

Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood said he was never worried, though he joked with Forte about his struggles.

''I got mad at him one day,'' he said. ''I'm tired of watching you miss shots when I know how hard you work.''

Jeffrey Carroll scored 13 points, Lindy Waters had 12 and Mitchell Solomon added eight points and a career-high 14 rebounds off the bench for Oklahoma State (10-2).

Solomon had 11 boards in 12 minutes in the first half to set the career high by the break.

''The coaches challenged us to go to the boards real heavy today, so that's what I did,'' Solomon said. ''I was just going every time, and the ball just came to me.''

Ehab Amin scored 23 points and Rashawn Thomas added 15 for the Islanders (7-4).

The Cowboys outscored the Islanders 18-5 from the free-throw line and forced 21 turnovers in their final non-conference game.

BIG PICTURE

Corpus-Christi got a solid test before entering conference play. The Islanders were coming off a loss to No. 19 Saint Mary's, so they have played a high level of competition. They also have a loss to Texas A&M.

Oklahoma State could work its way into the Top 25 after this win. The Cowboys were 30th in votes in this week's poll. They have wins over Connecticut, Georgetown, Tulsa and Wichita State. Their only losses are to North Carolina and Maryland.

STAT LINES

Jawun Evans, who entered the game averaging 21.6 points per game, scored just six points in 17 minutes and was limited because of foul trouble.

''I'm really proud of them, 20-plus-point win, against a seven-win team at this point, and he's a non-factor,'' Underwood said.

QUOTABLE

Underwood on Solomon's performance: ''Mitchell Solomon had maybe the most dominant half I've seen in a long time for a guy that scored two. Just an absolute one-man wrecking crew on the glass.''

UP NEXT

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will open Southland Conference play Dec. 31 against New Orleans.

Oklahoma State opens Big 12 play Dec. 30 against No. 11 West Virginia. Underwood was an assistant under West Virginia coach Bob Huggins at Kansas State.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Perry Francois made jump shot 4.0
  Offensive rebound by Perry Francois 8.0
  Elijah Schmidt missed layup 8.0
  Offensive rebound by Elijah Schmidt 8.0
  Kareem South missed 3-pt. jump shot 10.0
  Offensive rebound by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 18.0
  Ehab Amin missed jump shot, blocked by Will Lienhard 20.0
  Defensive rebound by Kareem South 40.0
  Trey Reeves missed 3-pt. jump shot 42.0
  Defensive rebound by Trey Reeves 53.0
  Rashawn Thomas missed jump shot 55.0
Team Stats
Points 70 92
Field Goals 31-69 (44.9%) 32-76 (42.1%)
3-Pointers 3-13 (23.1%) 10-28 (35.7%)
Free Throws 5-14 (35.7%) 18-21 (85.7%)
Total Rebounds 43 49
Offensive 16 21
Defensive 23 27
Team 4 1
Assists 9 18
Steals 10 12
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 21 15
Fouls 20 18
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 4 REB
19 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Islanders 7-4 333770
home team logo Cowboys 10-2 524092
Team Stats
away team logo Islanders 7-4 66.4 PPG 39.2 RPG 13.2 APG
home team logo Cowboys 10-2 68.1 PPG 37.5 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
00
E. Amin G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
P. Forte III G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
E. Amin G 23 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
P. Forte III G 19 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
44.9 FG% 42.1
23.1 3PT FG% 35.7
35.7 FT% 85.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Amin 23 4 0 10/18 0/4 3/4 2 34 3 0 3 2 2
R. Thomas 15 10 1 7/14 0/1 1/3 4 33 1 2 5 3 7
K. South 6 7 4 2/6 1/2 1/2 2 25 2 0 2 0 7
J. Kilgore 5 1 3 2/8 1/3 0/0 3 23 2 0 5 1 0
C. Martinez 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Amin 23 4 0 10/18 0/4 3/4 2 34 3 0 3 2 2
R. Thomas 15 10 1 7/14 0/1 1/3 4 33 1 2 5 3 7
K. South 6 7 4 2/6 1/2 1/2 2 25 2 0 2 0 7
J. Kilgore 5 1 3 2/8 1/3 0/0 3 23 2 0 5 1 0
C. Martinez 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Francois 8 5 1 4/7 0/0 0/3 2 14 0 0 1 4 1
J. Kocher 7 5 0 3/7 1/3 0/2 4 31 1 0 2 2 3
D. Bloom 4 2 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 19 0 0 0 2 0
E. Schmidt 2 3 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 2 1
K. Brown 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0
C. Hale 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Holcombe 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 1 2 0 2
E. Toney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Benjamin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 39 9 31/69 3/13 5/14 20 200 10 3 21 16 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Forte III 19 3 3 6/13 5/10 2/2 3 27 1 0 0 2 1
L. Waters III 12 4 1 5/8 1/3 1/1 0 22 0 1 2 0 4
J. Evans 6 1 4 1/6 0/0 4/4 4 17 1 0 3 0 1
L. Hammonds 2 7 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 3 20 2 2 1 3 4
L. N'Guessan 2 3 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 11 1 0 0 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Forte III 19 3 3 6/13 5/10 2/2 3 27 1 0 0 2 1
L. Waters III 12 4 1 5/8 1/3 1/1 0 22 0 1 2 0 4
J. Evans 6 1 4 1/6 0/0 4/4 4 17 1 0 3 0 1
L. Hammonds 2 7 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 3 20 2 2 1 3 4
L. N'Guessan 2 3 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 11 1 0 0 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carroll 13 7 4 3/11 0/4 7/9 0 21 1 0 2 3 4
B. Averette 11 2 2 4/9 1/2 2/2 0 21 2 0 2 0 2
T. Dziagwa 11 0 0 4/8 3/7 0/0 1 19 2 0 1 0 0
M. Solomon 8 14 1 4/5 0/0 0/0 4 22 0 1 3 9 5
D. Dillard 8 6 1 3/8 0/0 2/3 0 16 2 0 1 3 3
W. Lienhard 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
T. Reeves 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
T. Shine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McGriff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 92 48 18 32/76 10/28 18/21 18 198 12 6 15 21 27