Nash, Forte help No. 8 Oklahoma St top MVSU 117-62

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm •  Published: November 8, 2013
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Too fast, too strong, too athletic. Oklahoma State was too much of everything.

The eighth-ranked Cowboys displayed those attributes Friday night in showing why they will be a team to reckon with this season.

Oklahoma State, with four starters returning from a 24-9 NCAA tournament squad that includes Preseason All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year Marcus Smart, opened its season with a 117-62 victory over Mississippi Valley State. Five players scored in double figures, led by Phil Forte, who hit 4 of 7 3-pointers in his 22 points. Le'Bryan Nash scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Smart played just 19 minutes in a game that saw the hosts lead 63-29 at the break.

OSU outscored the Delta Devils 34-10 over the final 9 minutes of the opening half and left little doubt as to the outcome when the second half tipped off.

"(OSU) has three players who could be drafted into the league (NBA) and do well," said MVSU second-year head coach Chico Potts, who led MVSU to a 5-24 campaign in 2012-13. "(Marcus) Smart is a leader, his presence on the floor, it's so difficult to match up with them. When they get everybody going, with the lift, the athleticism, their quickness . they can do just about anything when they get rolling.

"We are young and need to improve, but I can't imagine very many teams with that type of athletes that we are going to see this year."

Markel Brown, the team's lone senior starter, Smart, Nash, Michael Cobbins, and Brian Williams had a combined 219 starts entering this season.

"We have a lot of players who have experience," said Williams, who played just 14 games due to injury in 2012-13. "Everybody can play ball."