Curry, Cowboys Topple Sooners

STILLWATER - JamesOn Curry told the Oklahoma State coaching staff that he wants to run the table on the Oklahoma Sooners. The OSU freshman did his part to make sure he got his first victory as a Cowboy on Monday night before an ESPN national television audience and packed house at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Curry, inserted into the Cowboy starting lineup just two weeks ago, was sensational with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting in helping 10th-ranked Oklahoma State avenge its earlier loss to 16th-ranked Oklahoma with a 79-67 victory as the Cowboys extended their nation-best home winning streak to 27 games.

"I think Sean (Sutton) asked Ivan (McFarlin) how many times in the eight games (he's played against OU) we won, and I think it's 5-3," Eddie Sutton said. "It's always been a pretty close series and probably always will be and JamesOn said ‘Well I want to make it 7-1 while I'm here.' We'll see what happens. He'd better get some help next year, losing all those seniors we've got."

Sutton laughed about Curry's statement about never losing to the Sooners again during his career. But he's not laughing about Curry's game.

"JamesOn just keeps getting better and better. He's got ice in his veins," Eddie Sutton said. "For a freshman he's really a nice player. I think he took my word two weeks ago when I told him to just pretend you're back on the playgrounds or back in high school playing in North Carolina. He kind of took me at my word. He's been practicing like that. He's been shooting the ball like that in practice. He's got a chance to be a really special player."

Curry scored 13 of his 22 points in the first half as the Cowboys took a 35-33 lead. His three-pointer – one of three he made on the night – midway through the second half put OSU up 53-43. But the Sooners, behind postmen Kevin Bookout and Johnnie Gilbert, fought back and pulled within four with 7:17 remaining.

On the Cowboys' next possession it appeared that OSU's Daniel Bobik dribbled the ball out of bounds of his leg, but officials ruled it had gone off a Sooner and gave the ball back to the Cowboys. However, only four seconds remained on the shot clock. But that didn't matter to John Lucas, who caught Bobik's inbounds pass in the far corner and drilled a three-pointer as he was falling into the media table.

Joey Graham stole the ball on the Sooners' next possession and sped downcourt to feed brother Stephen Graham on an alley-oop dunk that brought a thunderous roar from the GIA crowd. Seconds later Lucas found Joey Graham open for another easy basket and the Cowboy lead was back up to 67-56. The closest the Sooners would get the rest of the way would be 10 points.

"He did that all last year," Joey Graham said of the big three-pointer by Lucas. "You never know who is going to step up and hit the big shot for us. My brother (Stephen) came in and gave us some great minutes, defensively and offensively. Any night, you never know who is going to come in and play well."

Curry and Joey Graham each had 22 points while Lucas finished with 15 and Ivan McFarlin recorded the 26th double-double of his career with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

"JamesOn has definitely stepped up his game," Joey Graham said. "When he gets on a shooting streak like he's been on he's just unstoppable. Coach has a lot of confidence in him, and us as teammates have a lot of confidence in him."

The victory was OSU's 27th in a row at home – the longest streak in the nation and fourth longest in school history. After the game Eddie Sutton took the microphone at midcourt and thanked the Cowboy fans, especially the students, for making a difference against the Sooners.

"We've won 27 in a row here, and certainly the crowd has always played a part in being the sixth man," Sutton said. "But I thought tonight the noise level was as good as I've ever seen it> I wanted to really thank all the fans, but I really wanted to thank the students because they're amazing. They started putting their tents down Thursday. As the weekend went along they just kept getting more and more people out there."

The Cowboys, now 18-3 overall and 8-2 in the Big 12, get a break after playing four games in the past nine days. OSU will play just three games in the next 19 days, beginning with Saturday's game at Texas A&M. They then have a week off before hosting Texas Tech in a nationally televised game (CBS) on Feb. 19.

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