Cowboys Double the Pleasure Against KSU

STILLWATER – Eddie Sutton once coached the triplets – Sidney Moncrief, Ron Brewer and Marvin Delph – at the University of Arkansas. On Wednesday night, Sutton saw another version of the triplets - Joey Graham, John Lucas and Daniel Bobik - lead the 10th-ranked Cowboys to an impressive 77-57 victory over Kansas State before a Gallagher-Iba Arena crowd of 12,551.

Graham had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Daniel Bobik returned to the starting lineup with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and point guard John Lucas contributed 19 points and 10 assists (with just one turnover). Each of those three had a double-double and combined for 55 points, 22 rebounds and 13 assists.

"I'm not sure I've been involved in a game where three guys get double-doubles," said OSU associate head coach Sean Sutton.

"John played a great game tonight," said OSU senior Ivan McFarlin. "Daniel was awesome and Joey was awesome. I really think that we played well as a whole tonight. There are still some things that we have to work on."

Like not letting teams the Cowboys are better than hang around for the first half, which OSU has done all season. It was no different on Wednesday night.

Kansas State only trailed 36-30 at halftime, and the Wildcats were within 38-37 just a few minutes into the second half.

But that's when the Cowboys took control. After Kansas State's Tyler Hughes failed to convert a free throw which would have tied the game up, OSU scored the next 11 points. Lucas, who had just five points at halftime, got the 11-0 run started with a three-pointer from the wing. Terrence Crawford's steal and slam dunk turned into a conventional three-point play when he made the free throw after being fouled. Joey Graham hit a jumper from the corner and then nailed a three-pointer and all of a sudden the Cowboys were ahead 49-37.

K-State's Lance Harris ended the Wildcats' scoring drought with a three-pointer. But it didn't last long. The Cowboys went on a 20-9 run over the next five minutes – Bobik hit a pair of three-pointers, Lucas scored five points and made an excellent pass to McFarlin for an easy two and freshman JamesOn Curry hit a three-pointer from the corner – and with seven minutes left the lead was 69-49.

"We're happy we won," Sean Sutton said. "I thought we played very well in the second half. One of the things we wanted to do was build off our performance Sunday (a 104-86 win at Colorado), and I thought it was a good win because I think K-State is a good team.

"I liked the energy the second half of the game, and the way our guys shared the ball – 19 assists on 25 baskets. A 20-point win over a good team, you've got to be happy with that."

The Cowboys, 16-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big 12, go on the road to Waco, Texas, to face Baylor on Saturday. The Cowboys defeated the Bears 82-53 on Jan. 22 in Stillwater.

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