A Night to Remember an Unforgettable Senior Class

Marilyn Middlebrook has been dreading Saturday night since the the 2004-05 school year started. Middlebrook, an associate athletic director who oversees student-athlete academics for Oklahoma State, admitted several months ago that Senior Night will be extremely hard this year.

Middlebrook will be joined by thousands of other Cowboy fans saluting OSU's six seniors prior to the final regular season game of the season against Texas on Saturday night. The six seniors playing their finals games at Gallagher-Iba Arena will be Daniel Bobik, Terrence Crawford, Joey Graham, Stephen Graham, John Lucas and Ivan McFarlin.

Here is what each player has accomplished since coming to OSU:

Bobik: Started 59 of 61 games the past two seasons after transferring to OSU from BYU. The Cowboys have won 52 of those 61 games, including all 28 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Crawford: Joined the team in the fall of 2000 and has spent the past five years at OSU (he was redshirted during the 2003-03 season after rupturing his Achilles' tendon). A crowd favorite, the Cowboys have a record of 95-28 during Crawford's career.

The Graham twins: Like Bobik, Joey and Stephen Graham have been instrumental in the Cowboys' success the past two seasons after spending their first two years playing elsewhere (Central Florida). Both have spent the past three years in Stillwater, redshirting during the 2002-03 season after transferring from Central Florida, and have been major contributors in the Cowboys compiling a 52-9 record the past two seasons.

Lucas: He has started every game the last two years – 61 in a row – after transferring from Baylor. He earned co-Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honors a year ago (sharing the honor with teammate Tony Allen). Lucas will always be remembered by Cowboy fans for hitting the clutch three-pointer in the final seconds to beat St. Joseph last March to send OSU to the Final Four.

McFarlin: One of just two players in school history (Byron Houston being the other) to record 1,000 points, 900 rebounds, 100 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocked shots during their career. He graduated in three and a half years after sitting out his first year as a partial qualifier. The Cowboys' record with McFarlin in the lineup the past four seasons is 97-28, including 54-4 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Cowboys, 21-5 overall and 11-4 in the Big 12, have the nation's longest Division I homecourt winning streak with 29 consecutive wins entering the showdown with Texas (19-9 overall and 8-6 in the Big 12). The six seniors would like to make sure that streak continues as their careers begin winding down.

"It's going to be an emotional game," said Joey Graham, whose family will be traveling from Florida for the game. "We've got all of our families, everybody is going to come support us ... it's our last home game so we want to try to stay undefeated over the last two years."

Lucas says it may be emotional but claims he is not going to be like Middlebrook, and many of the standing room only crowd Saturday night, in shedding a tear – at least not in public.

"I'm not going to cry. I know that much," he said following Wednesday night's victory over Texas A&M. "It is going to be emotional because I went through so much my first two years of college (at Baylor). I've been blessed to be put in this situation that I've been put in. These two years are memories that I'll tell my kids and grandkids about this.

"Playing with these guys, playing under coach (Eddie) Sutton, and just the whole atmosphere ... a tear might run down my eye, but I'm going to try to hold it in until I get to the lockerroom after the game's over with so nobody will see."

Both Joey Graham and Lucas expect to see some tears from their teammates.

"Ivan and TC (Crawford), and once I see them I'll probably break down and cry with them," Lucas said. "Our ballclub is so special. We're so close, everybody is so close. I was telling my father the other day just how much I'm going to miss just being around these guys 24-7. After this, we're out in the real world and you're not going to have the close bond that you did with your teammates. Hopefully all of us will get a chance to play after college, but it's nothing going to be like playing (here the past two years)."

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