STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton was
far from pleased with his team's season-opening victory.
"Bad free-throw shooting, bad defensive board play and bad
turnovers," Sutton said. "Yet when you look you beat somebody by
28 points. It was just a ratty game."
The Cowboys hit just 15-of-28 free throws, allowed the Demons to
get 12 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over 22 times.
"We're going to get better, but I'm glad we weren't playing a
quality team," Sutton said.
"It used to be they would press us hard on the wings," Demons
coach Mike McConathy said of Oklahoma State's defense. "But it
seemed tonight like every time we got the ball inside it was just
smothering. We had almost 20 turnovers out of our front court."
John Lucas capped an 8-0 run, featuring three layups and a dunk,
as the Cowboys took a 16-6 lead. Oklahoma State forced two
turnovers in that span and turned two Demons misses into fast
Northwestern State never got closer than seven again.
Joey Graham and Ivan McFarlin each had two baskets in a 10-0 run
that smothered a small rally and put Oklahoma State up 37-20 with
5:11 remaining in the half.
Brothers Joey and Steven Graham ignited the Cowboys off the
bench, with Joey scoring 13 points and Steven adding six, in the
half. Oklahoma State led 51-31 at halftime as Northwestern State
turned the ball over 15 times.
Stephen Graham finished with 12 points, the fifth Cowboys player
in double figures.
"Our team is so well balanced," McFarlin said. "Everybody
plays offense pretty well. I feel that anybody can play good on any
given night. If everybody's clicking we can have a great offensive
The Cowboys held the Demons to 40-percent shooting and had 16
steals. Northwestern State turned the ball over on its first four
possessions of the second half and on five of its first seven as
Oklahoma State expanded its lead to 25 early in the period.
Oklahoma State led by as many as 29 points, 86-57, when
Weatherspoon hit a 3-pointer with 3:15 remaining.