Jeffrey Carroll scored a career-high 25 points as Oklahoma State broke its Big 12 Conference losing streak by beating Texas Tech, 83-64 Saturday.
Carroll also led the Cowboys in rebounds with nine. He has now scored at least 20 points in each of the last four games and in five of the last six.
Phil Forte, III, tied his career-high of six rebounds and scored 21 points which included 4-of-4 from behind the arc.
In the first half, the Cowboys went 7-of-8 from beyond the arc. Oklahoma State went on three key runs in the first 20 minutes of play that would later pay off.
“I thought our little philosophical change defensively really helped our basketball team today,” said first-year OSU coach Brad Underwood. “I had a sleepless night after our Kansas State loss in which we got exposed.
“I think we have proven that we can be a very good basketball team. We’ve beaten UConn, we’ve beaten Georgetown and we went to Wichita State and won. Maybe to get this Big 12 stigma gone. I like where we are at offensively.”
The win gives Brad Underwood his 100th career victory in his 122nd game, which ties him for the 10th fastest coach to reach his 100th victory in college basketball history.
The Cowboys hit 68.75 (11-of-16) percent from 3-point, which is the best mark in school history. That tops a 66.7 (12-of-18) percent shooting performance against Texas A&M on Jan. 27, 2010 for the record.
The victory snaps OSU’s six-game losing streak, and their 12-game losing streak in Big 12 play. The Red Raiders entered Saturday’s game with a perfect 12-0 record at home, and had won their last 17 home games.