Cowboys Improve to 3-0

STILLWATER, Okla. – This is getting to be habit-forming for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, and you can be assured that the Cowboy coaching staff doesn't like it. For the second game in a row, the sixth-ranked Cowboys fell behind an inferior opponent early in the second half before rallying for what appears to be another impressive win if you just look at he scoreboard.

The Cowboys (3-0) trailed Sam Houston State by as many as five points early in the second half before taking control en route to a 73-57 victory before a crowd of 8,762 at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday night.

Joey Graham led the Cowboys with 25 points, John Lucas added 17 and Ivan McFarlin chipped in 12. Graham scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to help the Cowboys rally from the five-point deficit.

"We challenged him at halftime and I thought he really responded in the second half," said OSU head coach designate Sean Sutton. "That is the Joey Graham we expect to see every night and the last 20 minutes he played like the type of player he was at times last year."

Sam Houston State still led 44-43 with 12 minutes remaining before the Cowboys went on a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to pull away. During that stretch, the Graham brothers (Joey with 5 and Stephen with a slam dunk on an alley-oop) combined to score seven points and Terrence Crawford added two free throws as OSU took a 52-44 lead.

Sam Houston State (1-4) did not go away, pulling within six points with seven minutes remaining but that was as close as it would get.

In the first half, the Bearkats led by as many as nine points (33-24) thanks to some impressive three-point shooting. Sam Houston State was 8-of-15 from three-point range in the first half. The Bearkats cooled off in the second half, making only 2 of 6 from behind the arc.

Oklahoma State outrebounded its opponent for the first time this season (36-32). The Graham twins had something to do with that as Joey led the team with nine and Stephen added eight.

The Cowboys go on the road for the first time this season Monday night when they travel to Dallas to face SMU.

"We have to play together for 40 minutes," said John Lucas, who was 5-of-11 from three-point range. "SMU is a big game, it's our first road game, so we don't have our fans with us. We have to go in and support each other."

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