The Cowboys, who fell to seventh in the Associated Press poll on Monday, trailed throughout much of the first half before rallying in the final two minutes to go up 31-28 at intermission. But it was the 13-0 run in the first four minutes of the second half that got the Cowboys over the hump.
Joey Graham, who struggled in the Cowboys' first loss of the season to Gonzaga last Tuesday night, was the go-to guy during the first four minutes of the second half. Graham scored eight of his 20 points in the first three minutes after halftime – including an impressive slam-dunk on an offensive rebound. He finished 8-of-10 from the field, made 4-of-5 from the free throw line and added nine rebounds.
"Joey Graham, I thought, maybe the last half and maybe the last half of the first half played as well as I've seen him play," OSU head coach Eddie Sutton said. "I was glad to see Joey shoot the ball as well as he did."
John Lucas led the Cowboys, now 10-1, with 21 points and almost single-handedly kept them in the game in the first half.
OSU turned the ball over 12 times in the first half and trailed by as many as five before rallying late in the half – thanks to Lucas. The Cowboy point guard scored 16 points in the first half, including six in the final 1:42 of the half, to take the three-point halftime lead.
"We probably played about as well there in the second half as we did all season," Sutton said. "Our defense was more active in the second half than it was in the first half and we rebounded better than in the first stanza."
The Cowboys shot 65.4 percent from the field (34-of-52) for the game, and made 22-of-31 (71 percent) in the second half.
In addition to Lucas and Joey Graham, also scoring in double figures for the Cowboys were Daniel Bobik and Ivan McFarlin with 12 points each.
OSU now prepares for Big 12 action, and travels to Lubbock on Saturday for the conference opener against Bobby Knight's Texas Tech Red Raiders.
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