NWOklaSt 35

(0-0, 0-0 away)

(3) Oklahoma State 92

(9-0, 6-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 21, 2004

    Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma

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    NWOS 17 1835
    #3OKST 44 4892

    Top Performers

    NW Oklahoma St: T. Davis 12 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Oklahoma State: J. Graham 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast

    Lucas, Graham lead Cowboys with 21 points apiece

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- It was originally scheduled as an exhibition game. Instead, No. 3 Oklahoma State put on a 3-point shooting exhibition.

    In a game bumped from the preseason to the regular season, John Lucas and Joey Graham each scored 21 points and the Cowboys set a school record with 15 3-pointers in a 92-35 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State on Tuesday night.

    The Cowboys (9-0) scored their first 21 points of the second half on 3-pointers and led 65-25 after JamesOn Curry hit from the top of the key.

    Curry's 3 sparked a 13-0 run that Aaron Pettway capped with a steal and dunk. Curry's next 3-pointer -- taken after he moved a step back on a fast break -- was the team's 14th of the night, breaking the record set against Providence on Nov. 26, 1993, and matched against Nebraska on March 2, 1994.

    "We were due to have a great shooting night," head coach-designate Sean Sutton said. "I don't think any of us expected to make 15 3s, but to be such a great shooting team, we have not had one of those nights where we just lit it up from the 3-point line."

    Curry added another 3 and a dunk for eight straight points in a 12-0 run that put Oklahoma State ahead 87-27.

    Curry was 4-for-6 from 3-point range and finished with 14 points. The Cowboys were 15-for-23 on 3s for the game, including 10-for-15 in the second half. The Cowboys had never before made more than eight 3-pointers in a half.

    "One criticism we had at halftime was that we were not pushing the basketball and attacking in transition," Sutton said. "I thought we came out a little methodical in terms of running the floor in transition and getting the ball up the court.

    "That was the one thing that we really stressed at halftime and had to do a better job," he said.

    With the Cowboys pushing the ball up the court, they found themselves open frequently from behind the 3-point line.

    Graham was 4-for-5 from 3-point range and Lucas was 4-of-7 from behind the arc. Daniel Bobik made both 3-pointers he tried and Marcus Dove hit his only attempt.

    Curry said the hot shooting was contagious.

    "I guess it's like a sneeze or a yawn," Curry said. "If one person yawns, everybody starts yawning."

    Tramain Davis scored 12 points to lead Northwestern Oklahoma State, an NAIA school.

    The Rangers (5-4) were originally scheduled to play a preseason exhibition game against the Cowboys, but the game was moved to the regular season to fill a hole that opened on Oklahoma State's schedule.

    To keep the team focused, Sutton said the Cowboys set pregame goals of holding Northwestern Oklahoma State to 35 percent shooting from inside the arc and 30 percent on 3-pointers while forcing 20 or more turnovers.

    The Rangers shot 27 percent overall and 29 percent from behind the arc while committing 22 turnovers.

    "I think we played exactly the way we hoped we would," Sutton said.

    Oklahoma State started the game with an 8-2 run and never trailed.

    Ivan McFarlin, Dove and Terrence Crawford each had two-handed breakaway jams as the Cowboys scored 17 straight points to take a 37-12 lead.

    Lucas bracketed 3-pointers around one by Bobik to open the second half and the Cowboys were up 53-17.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 35 92
    FG Made-Attempted 15-55 (.273) 35-64 (.547)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-14 (.286) 15-23 (.652)
    FT Made-Attempted 1-2 (.500) 7-8 (.875)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 8 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 63

    2004-05 Season

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