Eddie Gets No. 768

STILLWATER – Ivan McFarlin wanted to make sure that Eddie Sutton remembers Saturday for a long time. McFarlin, a fifth-year senior who has been through his share of triumphs and disappointments as a member of Sutton's teams, tied Joey Graham with a team-high 20 points and added 12 rebounds to lead the sixth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys to the 83-73 victory over Iowa State on Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The victory improves OSU's record to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12, but more importantly was the 768th win of Sutton's illustrious coaching career. The win moves Sutton into 7th place on the Division I all-time coaching list as he passes his mentor and former head coach Henry Iba.

After the game it was announced that the court at historic Gallagher-Iba Arena would be known as Eddie Sutton Court from this day on.

"It means a great deal," Sutton said." It's quite an honor. I was quite surprised because I didn't know it was going to happen.

"I would never have been able to go to college without a scholarship. Mr. Iba gave me a scholarship. These (past) 15 years (as head coach at OSU), it's kind of been a way that I feel I've repaid a little bit of what OSU gave to me. Of course, I think having your name on the court is especially special because you're in love with this school."

McFarlin, who has seen the highs (a trip to last year's Final Four) and the lows (the plane crash in 2001 that claimed the lives of 10 OSU basketball family members, was proud to come through on a day that many will remember for years to come.

"He is a legend. He is a great coach and I want people to see that. Obviously when you have a coach as good as coach Sutton it is an honor to play for him," McFarlin said. "I do everything I can to play hard for him. I am going to try to cherish my last year here and get as many wins as we can for him."

McFarlin and the Cowboys looked like they were going to make it easy for the 68-year-old Sutton in the first eight minutes of the second half. After struggling throughout the first half the Cowboys took a 30-28 halftime lead.

Then, as they have all season, they turned it on to begin the second half. Four seniors – John Lucas, McFarlin, Joey Graham and Daniel Bobik – were instrumental in leading a 31-14 run over the first eight minutes of the second half to give OSU a commanding 61-42 lead.

In an 11-second stretch the Cowboys appeared to put the game out of reach. Bobik's three-pointer with 12:10 remaining gave OSU a 56-42 lead. Moments later Iowa State's Jared Homan was whistled for his third foul while attempting to grab a rebound from McFarlin. Cyclone head coach Wayne Morgan disagreed with the call and was whistled for two technical fouls and kicked out of the game.

Lucas hit three of four free throws for Morgan's technical fouls and McFarlin added two more for Homan's foul and the lead was 61-42.

But Iowa State, behind the play of guard Curtis Stinson, and pulled within five at 75-70 with 2:16 remaining. The Cyclones would not get any closer, although it took a McFarlin three-pointer with 30 seconds left to increase the OSU lead to 82-73 and clinch the victory.

"It was kind of a strange game in that we were so passive offensively in the first half," Sutton said. "I thought in the second half we started playing really well offensively and our defense was quite good and we got up 61-42. That's a game where you ought to win going away by 25 or 30 points. Then we just quit playing again. The defense was nonexistent; we couldn't contain the dribble penetration. We got real conservative at the offensive end.

"Hopefully we can learn something from this game. I'm happy we won the game, but disappointed in the last 8-to-10 minutes of the game."

The Cowboys return to action in a Big Monday nationally televised game (ESPN) when they travel to Austin, Texas to face the 10th-ranked Longhorns (12-2). OSU defeated Texas three times last season, including a 72-67 win in Austin.

Joey Graham was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line against Iowa State and has now made 31 in a row. The Big 12 record is 36 in a row by former Oklahoma player Hollis Price during the 2002-03 season.

The win over Iowa State was the Cowboys' 24th consecutive home victory, tying for fifth longest in school history. The Pokes also won 24 in a row at home from Feb. 2, 1994 through Jan. 8, 1996.

McFarlin has now scored 1,278 points during his OSU career, moving him past Victor Williams and into 13th place on the all-time school career scoring list. McFarlin also recorded his fourth double-double of the season and the 25th of his career (which ranks him fourth in school history).

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