Lucas, Cowboys Return to Baylor

When John Lucas graduated from Bellaire High School in Houston he decided he wanted to be a difference-maker in college. That's why he chose to go to Baylor University.

"I signed with Baylor because I wanted to go somewhere where I could make a difference," said Lucas, who averaged a state-best 30.3 points a game his senior year at Bellaire. "I wanted to go somewhere where I could make a name for myself. Me and my friends Lawrence (Roberts) and Kenny (Taylor) decided we'd all go to Baylor and try to make a difference and turn that program around."

Lucas, the 5-foot-10 point guard who transferred to Oklahoma State prior to last season, returns to the Baylor campus in Waco, Texas, today as the 10th-ranked Cowboys (16-3) face the Bears (9-9) in a Big 12 Conference game. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (Central time).

Lucas spent his first two seasons at Baylor before transferring to OSU after his former team became the center of one of the ugliest scandals in college sports history. One teammate (Patrick Dennehy) was allegedly murdered by another teammate (Carlos Dotson), and then head coach Dave Bliss attempted to cover it up. All of Baylor's players were allowed to transfer if they wished.

Lucas wound up at OSU, and is 3-0 against his former team entering tonight's game. He scored nine points in the Cowboys' 82-53 victory over the Bears in Stillwater on Jan. 22. Tonight will be the last time he faces the Bears unless the two teams meet in the Big 12 Tournament in March.

"It was a blessing in disguide for me to be here, to be in the situation that I'm in," Lucas said this week. "I'm playing under one of the winningest coaches (Eddie Sutton) in college basketball. He's a teacher, and I'm learning something new every day. He's molded me into a better point guard."

Lucas (17.9) and OSU teammate Joey Graham (18.7) give the Cowboys the top two scorers in the Big 12 this season. The Cowboy point guard is coming off his best game of the season as he recorded his third career double-double with 19 points and 10 assists. Graham (23 points and 10 rebounds) and Daniel Bobik (13 points and 11 rebounds) also had a double-double in OSU's 77-57 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday night.

Freshman JamesOn Curry, who had eight points and four rebounds against Kansas State, is expected to be in the starting lineup for the third consecutive game.

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