Phoenix staff, wire reports
Oklahoma St. 69,
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — Phil Forte hit all his free throws after getting fouled while attempting a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left in overtime and Oklahoma State beat Akron 69-65 in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Thursday.
Forte, who was fouled by Chauncey Gilliam, drained three free throws to put the Cowboys up 67-65.
“We kept fighting and scratching and clawing, and found a way to get the win,” said Forte, who finished with eight points.
Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart made two more free throws to complete the scoring. Smart finished with 16 points, Le’Bryan Nash had 18 and Markel Brown 17 for Oklahoma State (2-0).
Brian Walsh had 14 points for Akron (1-2) and Alex Abreau, playing for the Zips in his hometown, had 13. Zeke Marshall made a layup with 1:02 left in regulation to tie the game at 61, but missed a shot as time ran out to win it.
Forte had a mostly quiet game but came through in overtime. After getting bumped to the floor, he got up and put the Cowboys ahead to stay.
“I kept telling them during timeouts that at some point somebody was eventually going to make some big plays,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. “We know (Forte is) going to make shots. He may miss four or five in a row, but that doesn’t bother me. That never concerns me. He’s going to make shots.”
Arkansas Tech 60
TAHLEQUAH — Bryton Hobbs dropped 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting for the RiverHawks in an upset of No. 19 Arkansas Tech at Jack Dobbins Field House.
“I said before the game that we’d find out where we were as a basketball team and what level we could compete at,” NSU coach Larry Gipson said.
“This win is not going to mean anything if we’re mediocre at the end of the season. We just need to keep improving.”
Hobbs, a junior guard, was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in 40 minutes of action. Ethan Anderson added 14 points, Landon DeMasters 13 and Jermaine Bransford contributed eight points and 12 rebounds.
NSU (2-0) shot a blistering 55 percent from the field, 50 percent (7-of-14) from the 3-point line and 92 percent (24-of-26) from the free-throw line. The home team held the Wonder Boys (0-1) to just 37-percent shooting overall and 25 percent from behind the arc. ATU was also 11-for-15 from the free-throw line.
Northeastern State will next play host to Central Bible College at 7 p.m. Saturday at Jack Dobbins Field House.
N. Kentucky 56
SAN DIEGO — Rashad Smith scored 23 points and Tulsa won its second straight game with Danny Manning as coach, defeating Northern Kentucky 76-56 Thursday night in the NUCDF Basketball Challenge.
Scottie Haralson added 10 points for the Golden Hurricane (2-0), who shot 59 percent from the field.
Nate Snodgrass scored 12 points for Northern Kentucky (0-2), which is in its first year as a Division I program.
Tulsa led 38-37 early in the second half when Smith took over. He hit two buckets and made 4 of 4 free throws sandwiched around a 3-pointer from Haralson as the Hurricane used an 11-2 run to go on top 49-39 with 13:21 left in the game. The Norse never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.