By JOHN TRANCHINA
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Jeffrey Carroll came off the bench to score 17 points, with five rebounds and three assists, as Oklahoma State held on for a 79-63 victory over Austin Peay on Wednesday night, after allowing a 23-point second half lead dwindle into the single digits.
Tavarius Shine and Lindy Waters each scored 12 points for Oklahoma State (6-1).
Dayton Gumm scored 19 points and Terry Taylor added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Austin Peay (3-4), which had won its previous two games by 35 and 42 points.
Oklahoma State was comfortably in front, taking a 21-point lead into halftime, and increasing it to 49-26 early in the second half before Austin Peay made their best push of the night and made an entire arena nervous.
The Governors reeled off a 15-2 run over the next four-plus minutes that made it 51-41 with 14:08 remaining after Chris Porter-Bunton's free throw. Oklahoma State maintained anywhere from an eight- to a 12-point advantage the rest of the way, though, finally putting the game out of reach on Thomas Dziagwa's 3-pointer from the right corner with 2:10 remaining that made it 73-58.
Austin Peay: The Governors showed a lot of character and determination in turning a would-be blowout into a close game that was in doubt until the final two minutes. The improvement in the second half was noticeable in several areas. After attempting just four free throws in the first half (making just two), Austin Peay was 13 of 17 in the second. After forcing just four turnovers and scoring zero points off them in the opening half, the Governors induced 13 of Oklahoma State's 17 turnovers, scoring seven points off them. And after securing just one steal in the first half, they had five in the second.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys utilized their deep bench to their advantage, switching players in and out with unusual frequency. As a result, six players played more than 20 minutes each, but no one had more than Mitchell Solomon's 27. Overall, nine different Cowboys played at least 16 minutes. Oklahoma State's bench outscored Austin Peay's by a 43-6 margin, including a 26-0 advantage in the first half.
Austin Peay: The Governors return home to Clarksville, Tenn., to host Alabama A&M on Saturday.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys continue their four-game homestand on Sunday when they welcome Mississippi Valley State.
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