Sharpshooting Forte Downs North Texas Hoops At Oklahoma St.
Forte Scores Career-High 32 Points In Downing Mean Green Hoops, 87-61
Colin Voss hit three of his first four shots and finished with eight points in the loss at Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
STILLWATER, Okla. - A banner night from the sharpshooting Cowboy Phil Forte spoiled the North Texas upset bid against Oklahoma State on Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Forte took what was a tight ballgame late in the first and broke things open with a barrage from deep that landed him a career-high 32 points and the Mean Green an 87-61 defeat.
"I think we played better than the final score would indicate, but we simply can't allow a shooter like Forte to go off like that," said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. "He's a great college basketball player, and he killed us tonight. We're a pretty good defensive team most nights, but we have to do a better job on the perimeter."
Jeremy Combs paved the way for NT with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor. Jordan Williams wasn't far behind with 11 points, including 2-of-3 from 3-point. Aniefiok was 2-of-4 from deep, as North Texas shot 43.8 percent from deep on the night - the team's second straight potent game from deep.
North Texas (4-3) was in the driver's seat in the opening frame until the Forte and Co. broke things open. With NT trailing by just one point, 28-27, with 5:45 to play in the half, Forte fueled a 14-3 run to send the Cowboys (7-0) into the half with a 42-30 edge. The junior went into the locker room with 20 points, only six shy of his previous career high.
Entering Wednesday's contest, NT ranked 34th in the country in defensive field goal percentage at 36.3 percent. That didn't deter the Cowboys, who hit at a 52.9 percent clip - by far the highest against North Texas this year.
• Wednesday marked the 16th meeting between North Texas and Oklahoma State. North Texas' lone win in the series came in 2007 at the Super Pit. OSU now leads the series in Stillwater 9-0.
• North Texas tallied 13 assists on the night, which mark the third time this year NT has tallied at least a dozen dimes.
• Todd Eaglin continued his hot shooting from 3-point. The junior hit his only attempt from deep on the night, and is now 4-of-8 for the season.
• Jake Gross made his first appearance in a Mean Green uniform, and splashed home his only shot - a deep 3-pointer from the right of the key.
• OSU wing-man Le'Bryan Nash did not play in the game, spoiling the much-anticipated showdown between he and childhood friend Jordan Williams.
• OSU is now 7-0 for the second straight year, and for just the fifth time since the turn of the century.
The Mean Green will wrap up a three-game road swing at former Southland Conference rival Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 4. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m. in Nacogdoches, Texas.