Cowboys Whip UNLV

Joey Graham, Ivan McFarlin and John Lucas combined to score 54 points in leading the fourth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys to a 79-67 victory over Nevada-Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Joey Graham led the Cowboys (8-0) with 20 points, while McFarlin and Lucas each contributed 17 points in the first game of the Las Vegas Showdown at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas. UNLV, which dropped to 3-4 on the season, was led by Romel Beck with a game-high 25 points.

McFarlin scored the game's first points just 30 seconds into the game to give the Cowboys a 2-0 lead. But UNLV scored the next six points to go up 6-2 before OSU head coach Eddie Sutton called a timeout with 17:04 remaining in the first half.

Sutton's timeout must have worked because over the next five minutes the Cowboy went on a 15-0 run to take a commanding 17-6 lead. OSU led 40-26 at halftime and extended its lead to as many as 19 points in the second half (65-46 with about nine minutes left in the game) en route to the victory.

But it was the 15-0 run -- and another 14-2 Cowboy run midway through the first half -- that proved to be the difference. Everyone of the Cowboys had a hand in the impressive 15-0 run, with Joey Graham (4 points), Daniel Bobik (3), Stephen Graham (2), Lucas (2), McFarlin (2) and Frans Steyn (2) all c ontributing.

"I saw in the paper this morning where we were favored by nine points and we won by a larger margin than that but I just didn't like the way we played there in the last nine or 10 minutes of the ballgame," said OSU head coach Eddie Sutton, who got his 763th career victory to pull within four of tying legendary coach Henry Iba (767). "I thought the first half we played pretty well. But in the second half, when we finally got up to 19 points I thought we'd win the game going away but we got very careless."

Joey Graham led the Cowboys with 20 points and also added 7 rebounds. McFarlin also had 7 rebounds to go with his 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, and probably most impressive of all was that he took four charges against the Runnin' Rebels. Lucas has 17 points, 3 assists and 0 turnovers. Stephen Graham finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds, while Terrence Crawford pitched in with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Cowboys will be back in action Tuesday night against Northwestern (Okla.) State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

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