Phil Forte, III, had 18 points and six assists to become the new 3-point king of Oklahoma State as OSU topped Arkansas 99-71 Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Forte’s 300 career 3-pointers now moves him ahead of Oklahoma State assistant Keiton Page (299 from 2009-12) for the school record. Forte is just the seventh player in Big 12 history to reach 300 career 3-pointers.
“Congratulations to Phil, that’s impressive,” said OSU coach Brad Underwood. “Any time somebody becomes the best at something, especially at such a storied and great program like this one. I’m happy for him.”
The OSU fans were excited about the win.
“Today was special, this is why I came here,” Underwood said. “This today, the full arena, the atmosphere. I can’t say thank you enough to our fans for coming out and believing in us. This place is special and electric and I believe that from the bottom of my heart. Oklahoma State is elite and today it was elite.”
“I just have to give all the credit to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and next to my teammates,” said Forte. “I’ve had so many great teammates to come through here, great coaches.
“Seeing how my teammates reacted is what made it so special: the reaction on the bench and them coming up to me and high-fiving. It was definitely the best part of the game.”
Five players scored in the double-digits for the Cowboys. Jeffrey Carroll scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jawun Evans added 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Cowboys, who won their third straight after a six-game losing streak.