STILLWATER, Okla. — John Starks had 20 points and 10 rebounds Monday night, helping Oklahoma State to an 83-66 victory over Pepperdine.
After trailing, 37-36, at halftime, the Waves (4-2) got even, 38-38, on a tip-in by Craig Davis with 17:14 left before the Cowboys (3-3) pulled away by making 63% of their shots after halftime.
Robert Smith's dunk put Oklahoma State ahead to stay, and the Cowboys blew the game open with a 15-2 surge minutes later to leave Pepperdine lagging, 72-54. Richard Dumas capped the burst by making 3 of 4 free throws after two technicals against the Pepperdine bench with 6:01 left.
"Our players played with more and more confidence and they have a much better understanding of what we are trying to do," Oklahoma State Coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I thought we executed very, very, well tonight."