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STILLWATER, Okla. -- Phil Forte scored 31 points and Jawun Evans contributed 23 points, eight assists and five rebounds to lead Oklahoma State to a 102-90 victory over Central Arkansas on Monday.Jeffrey Carroll provided a spark off the bench once again for Oklahoma State (2-0), scoring 20 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.Forte, a sixth-year senior, fell one point shy of his career high. He finished fourth in the Big 12 in scoring in 2014-15 before he missed all but the first three games of last year with an elbow injury.I thought Phil was incredible tonight, at both ends of the court, said first-year Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood, who earned his second victory. He was the one guy I thought was very dialed in.Jordan Howard scored 28 points for Central Arkansas (0-2), while Mathieu Kamba contributed 19 points -- 14 in the second half -- and 10 rebounds.The game was much closer than the score would indicate, despite the fact that Central Arkansas never led at all. When Howard sank a 3 with 11:57 remaining to cap a 12-4 run, the Bears trailed just 63-62, but Oklahoma State responded with 11 consecutive points over the next 2:47 to finally put the game out of reach. Central Arkansas never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.Im really proud of the guys and Im proud of the effort they put forth, said Central Arkansas coach Russ Pennell. We competed at a high level and thats one of the things Ive been wanting our guys to do. We bothered them with our pressure and when we got behind, we fought back.BIG PICTURECentral Arkansas: Howard continues to prove he can perform at a high level. After scoring 12 points and eight rebounds Friday night in a 79-47 loss to No. 9 Wisconsin, he put forth another impressive outing. Howard shot 7-for-13 from the floor, went 10 of 11 from the free throw line and matched a career-high with three steals.Oklahoma State: The Cowboys under Underwood still have plenty of work left to do. This game was a lot closer than it should have been, as Oklahoma State turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 26 Central Arkansas points. The Cowboys also committed 30 fouls, putting Central Arkansas on the foul line 39 times (of which the Bears converted 28 for 71.8 percent). Starting forward Mitchell Solomon and freshman reserve Cameron McGriff both fouled out by the time there was 7:51 remaining, and two more players finished the game with four fouls.I think lack of communication is a big part of it, Underwood said of all the fouls. We dont understand that fouling is a defensive mistake. Weve obviously got to eliminate that problem.TIP-INSOklahoma State heaved up a lot of 3-point attempts, shooting 10 of 29 from beyond the arc. Forte led the way, going 4-for-10. . For the second straight game, Oklahoma State enjoyed the edge in bench production, outscoring Central Arkansas 36-26 off the bench, after holding a 45-30 advantage over Campbell in its opener. . Oklahoma State recorded 20 assists on 34 baskets after totaling just 10 in the opener.HE SAID ITTheres not enough adjectives to describe Phil, in my book, Underwood said of Forte. His value to our team will outlast his days in uniform here. Hes one of the hardest-working guys Ive ever been around. Hes becoming a very vocal leader, hes everything that a college student-athlete is about. He means the world to me, he means the world to this program and he means the world to our locker room. His play is speaking for itself right now.UP NEXTCentral Arkansas will next travel to West Point, N.Y., to take on Chattanooga, which has started out 1-1, as part of the first round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational tournament on Saturday.Oklahoma State remains at home to take on New Orleans on Saturday. The Privateers opened its season with a 103-67 win over Division III La Grange on Friday.---This version corrects to show Jawun Evans had eight assists instead of eight steals. 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Its the latest heartbreaking reiteration of a pattern that has surfaced elsewhere in sports national governing bodies, with similarly disturbing results.USA Swimming and Volleyball have been rocked by similar sexual abuse scandals in recent years, and the pattern of inaction and inattentiveness in such cases is often similar. Mentally ill millionaire John du Ponts ability to insinuate himself into the USA Wrestling program for years before murdering a former Olympic medalist he hired as a coach was the subject of the 2014 movie Foxcatcher. Abusers carry on for years before their complaints are dealt with or accusers are finally believed.Just last week, the New York Daily News updated the tale of girls volleyball coach Rick Butler, whose alleged sexual misconduct was the subject of a similar investigative story that appeared in Sports Illustrated way back in 1997. (Full disclosure: ESPNs Lester Munson and I wrote the initial story, Betrayal of Trust.) The club volleyball players whom Butler allegedly raped when they were 15 or 16 are now women in their late 40s. The stories that three of them tell about how Butler groomed them as victims are eerily similar. Though Butler was sometimes censured, he has since relocated several times but continued to coach.The Star report details the same sadly familiar pattern in gymnastics. It shows how female athletes, their parents, and would-be whistle-blowers believed their complaints went unheard by USA Gymnastics. The article cites specific cases that USA Gymnastics was made aware of involving four male coaches who, it turned out, are serving time for molestation, posting child porn online and other offenses. (One of the coaches, Marvin Sharp, killed himself in jail last year.) Some of the girls were as young as 10 or 11 when the abuse occurred.?The Star said it has also filed a court request to unseal records that USA Gymnastics has refused to turn over because it is being sued by one of the gymnasts who says she was sexually abused.But that lack of information didnt change the basic premise of the Stars story: Top executives at one of Americas most prominent Olympic organizations failed to alert authorities to many allegations of?sexual abuse by?coaches -- relying on a policy that enabled predators to abuse gymnasts long after USA Gymnastics had received warnings.USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny, one of the officials cited in the story, is in Rio de Janeiro with the U.S. mens and womens Olympic teams, which began training here the past week. In the competitive arena, the womens squad, in particular, is one of the jewels of the U.S. Olympic program; all five athletes are legitimate medal contenders and are expected to win the team competition in a rout.Penny declined to speak to reporters Thursday on the advice of counsel, according to a USA Gymnastics spokesperson. Instead, he released a five-paragraph statement that read in part:Addressing issues of sexual misconduct has been important to USA Gymnastics for many years, and the organization is committed to promoting a safe environment for its athletes. We find it appalling that anyone would exploit a young athlete or child in this manner, and recognize the effect this behavior can have on a personns life.dddddddddddd USA Gymnastics has been proactive in helping to educate the gymnastics community over the years, and will continue to take every punitive action available within our jurisdiction, and cooperate fully with law enforcement.Penny added, The organization has continually reviewed its best practices on how it addresses these issues and has been among the first to initiate new policies and procedures including publishing a list of banned coaches and instituting national background checks. ... We feel the Star left out significant facts that would have painted a more accurate picture of our efforts.However, Penny did not dispute the Stars assertion that USA Gymnastics sometimes decided not to act on complaints if reports didnt come to them from firsthand sources. As an example, the Star cited a 2013 lawsuit filed by one coachs victims. Two former USA Gymnastics officials admitted under oath that the organization routinely dismissed sexual abuse allegations as hearsay unless they came directly from a victim or victims parent.The article also suggests USA Gymnastics, like many organizations, seems to have an ad hoc policy when it comes to fielding sexual abuse complaints and, just as concerning, such policies dont always hew to what experts in the field or individual states recommend and require. In a case involving William Bill McCabe, who is currently serving a 30-year sentence for the sexual exploitation of children and making false statements, the federation acknowledged in court records that it seldom, if ever, forwarded allegations of child abuse to police or child protective services without being asked.If true, thats unconscionable.Shelley Haymaker, an Indiana attorney who represents abuse victims in child welfare cases, told the Star that USA Gymnastics approach sickens her.If even half of the Stars characterizations of the gymnastic federations behavior are accurate, its a remarkable piece of reporting.One of the important takeaways? The process of acting on such complaints neednt be this complicated.The U.S. Olympic Committee should require every single one of its federations to follow a simple rule: If youre made aware of allegations of abuse, report it to the proper authorities. No excuses, no exceptions. Then let the authorities or experts parse out what is criminal or not, fair or unfair, slanderous or revelatory.The idea that USA Gymnastics (or any federation, for that matter) has the wherewithal, expertise, resources and tools at its disposal to conduct an effective investigation into such serious complaints is an absurd conceit.Let federations wade in to discipline coaches on the back end of the process, after the authorities have spoken. Hammer out a policy about provisional suspensions.USA Gymnastics has a tough job. Its membership numbers more than 121,000 athletes and 3,000 gyms. The cycle of abuse the Star reported on happens in all walks of life. Finding it, let alone stopping it, is incredibly difficult because of the shame and fear the victims often feel and the climate of disbelief that molesters actively cultivate.But reporting such allegations once they surface should be this straightforward: If you hear something or see something, say something. 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