STILLWATER, Okla. —
Three victories by an average of 47 points to open the season can hardly be categorized as a test for eighth-ranked Oklahoma State. That all changes next week when the Cowboys host No. 13 Memphis.
Phil Forte and Markel Brown each scored 22 points as the Cowboys tuned up Friday night by beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 97-63.
“Memphis is one of the most talented teams in the country,” Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford said. “They’re a very deep, athletic team, and a lot of people say they may have the best backcourt in the country, and they very well might. We’ll see, They’re very good.”
“This is a really good early test for both of our teams. There have been so many good early games in the country. I think you can add this one to the list,” he said.
Marcus Smart added 16 points for the Cowboys (3-0). Le’Bryan Nash had nine points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Forte and his teammates already were looking forward to matching up with Memphis.
“This is something where we come out with the schedule and this is the game that everybody sees, us included,” Forte said. “Arkansas-Pine Bluff was a game that we had to get past before it, and now that Memphis is next, all of our attention and focus goes to them.”
Said Brown: “This is what we have been waiting for.”
“Hopefully, we can get a packed house. It’s here now, so we’re going to prepare for them like we’ve prepared for the last three teams we’ve played. It should be a fun one,” he said.
“It’s hard to ignore. You see Memphis on the schedule and knowing that they’re one of the top teams in the country and we’re playing them at home is hard to ignore. We have to set it aside and focus on the other teams that come in and I think Coach did a good job putting the schedule together. We played three very decent teams that prepared us for this Memphis game.”