Evans leads Okla. St. over Campbell in Underwood debut
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Jawun Evans scored 34 points and Oklahoma State beat Campbell 102-65 on Friday night, giving head coach Brad Underwood a win in his Cowboys debut.
Evans, who was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year last season despite missing the final 10 games with a shoulder injury, had 26 points at halftime and finished 11 for 18 from the field, with six rebounds, three assists and five steals.
Sixth-year senior Phil Forte, who missed all but the first three games of last year with an elbow injury, and Jeffrey Carroll each scored 22 points for Oklahoma State (1-0). Freshman Cameron McGriff had 13 rebounds in his college debut and Carroll added nine.
Underwood joined the Cowboys after compiling an 89-14 record – including two NCAA tournament victories – over three seasons at Stephen F. Austin. He won the Southland Conference Coach of the Year award each season.
Chris Clemons scored 16 points to lead Campbell (0-1).
Campbell: Clemons, the Big South Freshman of the Year last season, is a special talent. He controlled the game for stretches of the first half and had 13 points in the first 11 minutes. And although he wound up shooting just 5-of-18, Clemons was impressive, sinking four 3-pointers. He also came out of the contest twice after getting hurt, but returned both times.
Oklahoma State started a bit clunkily, missing its first five shots, and had moments of sloppiness, committing 12 turnovers in the first half and 15 overall. But in their first game under Underwood, the Cowboys also had moments of explosiveness, especially from Evans and Forte.
Campbell returns home to the newly-renovated Gore Arena in Buies Creek, North Carolina, for its home opener on Tuesday against Bridgewater.
Oklahoma State remains at home over the weekend and will take on Central Arkansas on Monday.