Cowboys Roll to Win over Bears

Five Oklahoma State players scored in double figures as the 10th-ranked Cowboys dominated the first half and coasted to a 81-63 victory over Baylor on Saturday night in Waco, Texas.

The Cowboys, 17-3 overeall and 7-2 in Big 12 play, were led by Ivan McFarlin with 18 points. He was followed closely by John Lucas (14 points), JamesOn Curry (14), Stephen Graham (13) and Joey Graham (12).

OSU returns to action on Monday night when it hosts Oklahoma in a nationally televised Big Monday showdown from Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Sooners handed the Cowboys one of their three losses (67-57) just two weeks ago on ESPN's Big Monday.

The Cowboys wasted little time in putting away Baylor, a team they trounced 82-53 a few weeks ago in Stillwater. OSU used a 19-1 against the Bears on Jan. 22 and cruised to the 29-point victory. On Saturday night the Cowboys had a 20-1 run midway through the first half to go from four points down to take a 27-12 lead.

Baylor led 11-7 with 13:54 left in the first half before the Graham twins – Joey and Stephen – decided enough was enough. The Grahams scored the game's next 11 points (Joey had six and Stephen five) to get the Cowboys rolling. McFarlin added six points on the run, Curry drilled a three-pointer and the OSU defense held the Bears without a field goal for more than 10 minutes midway through the first half.

The Cowboys started the game by making 2-of-5 field goals but almost went the rest of the first half without missing. OSU finished the first half by making 17 of 23 field goals (73.9 percent), including 9-of-12 from three-point range.

OSU was up 47-26 at halftime and then went on another run early in the second half. The Bears scored the first points of the second half on a three-pointer but then the Cowboys went on a 12-0 run to take a 59-29 lead with 14:02 remaining and the game was over.

Baylor's Adam Bruce made the score look closer than the game was by scoring 18 consecutive points in the game's final six minutes. The freshman guard finished with a career-high 33 points, and made 5-of-7 three-pointers.

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