Men's College Basketball
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                 === Oklahoma State handles Portland State ===
 Stillwater,  OK (Sports  Network) - Markel Brown scored 23 points and Le'Bryan
 Nash  added 20  as 20th-ranked  Oklahoma State  put on  an impressive  overall
 display in an 81-58 rout of Portland State at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
 The  Cowboys,  ranked in  the top 25  for the first  time since 2007 following
 their  recent championship  at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, shot 57.1 percent from
 the  field en  route to their first  5-0 start since the 2009-10 season. Brown
 hit on 10-of-14 attempts, while Phil Forte went 5-of-7 in a 15-point effort.
 Oklahoma  State also shined on the defensive end, limiting the Vikings to just
 39.6 percent shooting for the game.
 "They are as good as advertised, as we saw on television," said Portland State
 head  coach Tyler Geving. "At the Puerto Rico Challenge, they played some good
 teams  and we saw what they did to N.C. State (a 76-56 win). We knew coming in
 here it wasn't going to be easy."
 Renado  Parker  and Michael Harthun each  finished with 12 points for Portland
 State (1-3), which dropped its third straight following a season-opening win.
 The  one-week layoff following the Puerto Rico tournament had little effect on
 the  Cowboys, who  sped out  to a  14-3 lead  just over  six minutes  into the
 contest  and went  ahead by a 22-7  count when Nash followed a 4-point play by
 Forte by knocking down a jumper with 9:07 remaining in the first half.
 "I  was glad that  we got out to a good start," said Cowboys head coach Travis
 Ford.  "That was  important  for  us; keeping  the  momentum  going from  last
 weekend.  We  passed the  ball  extremely  well coming  out  of  the gate.  We
 defended extremely well in the first half."
 A  7-0 run  capped by  Brown's 3-pointer  later on  extended Oklahoma  State's
 advantage to 31-12 with 6:30 left before the break, and the Cowboys were up by
 as many as 20 points before two made free throws from Harthun brought Portland
 State within 40-22 at intermission.
 The second half was more of the same, with Brown netting seven points during a
 13-2  spurt to  begin the period as  the Cowboys built a commanding 53-24 lead
 with 15 minutes to go.
 Oklahoma  State cruised the rest of the way, with Portland State never cutting
 the margin under 20 points.
                                   Game Notes
 Oklahoma  State was last  ranked in the Associated Press poll the week of Feb.
 12,  2007, when  the Cowboys were listed No.  18 in the top 25 ... The Cowboys
 have  now  held their opponents  to a 34.5  percent field goal percentage over
 their  first five  outings ... Oklahoma State improved to 5-0 all-time against
 Big  Sky  foes, with  Sunday's matchup marking  the first-ever meeting between
 these programs.
 11/25 23:14:54 ET

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