Grant Belcher, News9.com
STILLWATER, Oklahoma – The final result was about what OSU wanted, it just took the Cowboys a little while to get there.
Oklahoma State overcame a sluggish first half to pull away from Arkansas-Pine Bluff 73-46 in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-off.
Despite leading by just seven points at the break, the Cowboys used 50 percent shooting in the second half to pull away from the Lions and improve to 2-0.
OSU trailed for more than 10 minutes in the beginning of the game before a 3-pointer from Fred Gulley tied it up at 17.
The early comeback was part of a 19-4 run that gave OSU a decent lead before heading into the break.
Cowboy guard Jean-Paul Olukemi started the second half with a bang, scoring 10 straight for the Cowboys. He finished with 15 on the game.
Oklahoma State used plenty of depth to tire out the Lions, with 10 different Cowboys playing 14 minutes or more in the contest.
Olukemi's 15 led all scorers, and guards Keiton Page, Brian Williams and Markel Brown all reaching double figures as well.
Big man Philip Jurick led the defensive charge for OSU with 10 boards and five blocks. OSU freshman phenom Le'Bryan Nash had a rough game, shooting 2-for-8 and finishing with five points.
The Cowboys held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 31 percent shooting in the game and outrebounded the Lions 48-36.
OSU will faces UTSA at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night for the second round of the Tip-Off. The Roadrunners, who are coached by former Cowboy Brooks Thompson, beat ORU on a 3-point buzzer beater on Tuesday.