STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — For the first eight minutes against No. 24 Oklahoma State, Central Arkansas didn't miss starting point guard LaQuentin Miles a single bit.
Then reality set in.
Le'Bryan Nash scored 19 points, Markel Brown had 14 points and eight rebounds and Oklahoma State overcame an early 11-point deficit to beat the Bears 91-63 on Sunday.
Even with Miles out with a broken hand, Central Arkansas (4-4) made 10 of its first 15 shots and raced out to a 22-11 lead. It didn't last, though, as Oklahoma State scored the next 13 points and never trailed again.
"We knew we were going to be in for a tough matchup tonight," coach Corliss Williamson said. "I was proud of our guys' effort, coming out tonight, not being scared, trying to compete early in the game.
"But I thought Oklahoma State did an excellent job of withstanding our run early and just taking control of the basketball game."
OSU coach Travis Ford called timeout after Jarvis Garner's layup pushed the Central Arkansas lead to 11 with 12 minutes left before halftime, and the Cowboys (8-1) responded immediately.
"I had seen enough," Ford said. "The problem was things we haven't been seeing — the carelessness with the ball and then getting beat off the dribble with no protection. When I saw those things, I knew this is not us. We haven't seen this. I need to get their attention a little bit.
"We kind of woke up from there."
The Bears missed their next 12 attempts against changing defenses, and Oklahoma State roared back to take the lead when Brown converted a layup while getting fouled and then head-butted the basket support in celebration. He completed the three-point play to make it 24-22 with 6:42 left in the first half.
"They kind of hit us in the mouth," Brown said. "So we had to respond quickly and get back into the game before it was over."
Jordan Harks tied his career high with 16 points and Garner added 14 points for Central Arkansas. Oliver Wells took the place of Miles — the team's second-leading scorer — in the lineup but lasted less than 2 minutes before going to the bench with two fouls. Wells ended up with one point, three assists and two turnovers.
"(Miles) just has the ability to do a lot of things. He can rebound the basketball. Defensively, he can get steals, but also he has ability to score the ball well," Williamson said. "When we went through that scoring drought ... normally in those stretches, he has an opportunity to get a bucket for us here and there to try and help stop their run or give us the momentum."
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