Oklahoma State clamps down on Texas Tech, 79-45

Oklahoma State clamps down on Texas Tech, 79-45
January 19, 2013, 4:13 pm
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Markel Brown scored 21 points, Phil Forte hit four 3-pointers and had 19 points and Oklahoma State routed Texas Tech 79-45 on Saturday.

After losing the Bedlam rivalry game last weekend against Oklahoma, the Cowboys (12-4, 2-2 Big 12) called this ``Commitment Week'' and dedicated themselves to returning to the stiff defense that had propelled them into the Top 25 earlier this season.

They ended up holding Texas Tech (8-8, 1-4) to a season-worst 29 percent shooting. Jaye Crockett scored 11 points and Jordan Tolbert added 10 for the Red Raiders, who lost their fourth straight game after opening conference play with a win at TCU.

Oklahoma State stifled any chance for a Tech comeback with a 19-5 run just after halftime that featured a driving, right-handed slam and a 3-pointer from Brown. A pair of free throws from Forte extended the lead to 54-31 with 11:23 remaining.