STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- In one quick flurry, JamesOn Curry got
hot and Oklahoma State (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today; No. 8 AP) put away Texas Tech (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today; NR AP).
Curry scored 10 of his 15 points during a 14-2 run that helped
the Cowboys pull away early in the second half and beat Texas Tech
85-56 Saturday to move into a tie for first place in the Big 12
Curry hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to start the run and
John Lucas III added a fast-break layup, then slashed across the
lane on the Cowboys' next possession and passed the ball to Ivan
McFarlin who dunked it with two hands.
Curry added a jumper from the right wing and a long 3-pointer
from beyond the top of the key before finishing the run with a
right-handed jam on a fast break to make it 54-32 with 13:29 to
"Even in high school, I'd get in the crunch time part of the
game and I'd always get 10 points in 2 minutes or 15 points in 3
minutes. I'm just that type of player," Curry said. "When it's
time to be ready, I'm ready."
Lucas stretched the lead to 67-40 when his 3-pointer from the
right wing hit off both sides of the rim, took a high bounce and
Jarrius Jackson brought Texas Tech (16-7, 8-4 Big 12) within
76-55 with a banked 3-pointer from the right wing, but Oklahoma
State scored the next seven points and emptied its bench after
Marcus Dove's two-handed alley-oop jam made it 83-55.
Lucas finished with 25 points and Ivan McFarlin had his sixth
double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds as
Oklahoma State (20-3, 10-2) joined No. 2 Kansas atop the league
standings after the Jayhawks lost 63-61 to Iowa State in overtime
The Cowboys were watching the final minutes of that game and got
some extra inspiration when they saw Kansas lose moments before
"When we found out Iowa State beat Kansas, everybody was hyped
in the locker room," McFarlin said. "It was on us to come out and
just play, and that's what we did. We didn't worry about somebody
making a mistake. We just came out and played and had fun."
The Cowboys play at Kansas on Feb. 27, and the conference title
could be on the line.
"Now, if we take care of our business, we can do the things we
wanted to do when we started the year," Cowboys assistant coach
James Dickey said.
Martin Zeno had 19 points, Devonne Giles scored 12 and Ronald
Ross added 10 for Texas Tech, which was held below 60 points for
only the second time this season. The Red Raiders had been
averaging a league-best 82.3 points and Ross had been averaging
21.5 points in conference games.
"Their defense was as good as I have seen in a long time,"
Texas Tech coach Bob Knight said. "The way they pressured, the way
they moved and the way they worked. Those kids came to beat us and
we just came to play basketball. That was the main difference in
Tech was hoping for its second win over a Top Ten opponent in a
week. The Red Raiders beat Kansas in double overtime on Monday.
"I am not sure where we are, but I think we are better than we
played today," Knight said. "Our team has had a problem for a
long time doing something decently and then coming back and
continuing to play that way.
"They just totally dominated us."
The Cowboys extended their homecourt winning streak to 28 games
at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The streak is the longest in the country
and is tied for the third-longest in school history.
They're also 6-0 since Curry entered the starting lineup. Lucas
said Curry has taken some pressure off him by being an extra
ball-handler and scorer.
"JamesOn has been playing great since he has been in the
lineup," Lucas said. "He has been patiently waiting for his
chance. He took the role not starting right away and coming off the
bench, which is kind of hard because coming from high school, he
was the man scoring 40 points a game.
"That's a tough adjustment for anybody, but he adjusted well to
it. I take my hat off to that. I don't know if I could do that."
The Cowboys came out playing at a frenetic pace and every
starter scored during a 14-6 run to open the game. The lead
stretched to 24-14 after a run of six straight points capped by a
fast-break layup by Lucas.
"We had to come in here and win," Lucas said. "Coach was
saying the ball was in our court. We came out more aggressive in
the first half. We stayed aggressive in the second half.
"Once we continue to do that, I do not think there is a team
that can compete with us."