Cowboys Whip Ponies

John Lucas scored a game-high 24 points as the sixth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys defeated SMU 76-57 at Moody Coliseum Monday night in Dallas. Lucas was one of four Cowboys to score in double figures as the Cowboys took control midway through the first half en route to their fourth victory of the young season.

Also scoring in double figures were Joey Graham (13 points), Ivan McFarlin (13) and Daniel Bobik (11). Stephen Graham added nine points and 10 rebounds.

"I thought Lucas was sensational and I thought Bobik played probably the best of anybody," OSU head coach Eddie Sutton said.

Bobik held SMU point guard Bryan Hopkins to only five points on 1-of-11 shooting. Hopkins entered the game averaging 13.5 points for the Ponies, who lost for the first time in three games.

The Cowboys trailed 15-11 midway through the first half before going on a 17-4 run during a six-minute stretch to take a 28-19 lead. Lucas and Joey Graham combined for all 17 points during that stretch while OSU was limiting to one field goal and two free throws.

It was Lucas' four-point play –– he drilled a three-pointer from in front of the OSU bench and made the free throw after being fouled –– that capped the run to give the Cowboys a 28-19 lead.

The Cowboys increased the lead to 36-26 at halftime, but foul trouble caused Eddie Sutton to go to his bench extensively in the second half. Joey Graham picked up his fourth foul with 16:59 left in the game. McFarlin followed Graham to the bench shortly thereafter (14:22) with his fourth foul, and Terrence Crawford wasn't far behind (11:34).

But Stephen Graham, Frans Steyn and David Monds came off the bench to not only protect the lead over the Ponies, but extend it to as many as 21.

"I think Stevie Graham, he almost had a double-double just missing it by one point ... he played well," Sutton said.

The Cowboys set a school record (minimum of 10 attempts) by making all 14 of their free throws. The previous record was set when the Cowboys made 26-of-27 vs. Oklahoma on Feb. 14, 1961.

The Cowboys don't return to action until Saturday when they host Washington State at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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