Phil Forte hit three big shots in the second half and finished with 13 points for the Cowboys, who shot 40 percent from the field. Jean-Paul Olukemi added 10 points for OSU. Freshman Marcus Smart had eight points and seven assists.
UC Davis led 51-48 with 12:20 to play, and the game was tied 61-61 with 5:10 remaining. Forte hit a 3-pointer to put OSU up 66-61 and drained another key field goal to make it 70-65 with two minutes remaining.