Curry Lights Up Islanders

The weather outside was frightful but it was warm and cozy inside Gallagher-Iba Arena Wednesday night – at least as far as JamesOn Curry was concerned. The Oklahoma State junior scored a career-high 35 points – 24 in the first half – to lead the Cowboys to a convincing 95-73 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in front of a crowd of only 7,120 on a bitterly cold evening in Stillwater.

Stat line of the game: JamesOn Curry: 12-19 FGs, 4-7 3FGs, 7-7 FTs, 35 points, 9 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound, 0 turnovers.

Player of the game: JamesOn Curry scored a career-high 35 points – 27 which came as a result of three-point plays in one form or another. The sharp-shooting Cowboy guard made four shots from behind the three-point line, converted four conventional three-point plays in which he made a basket, was fouled and made the free throw, and also made three free throws when he was fouled while attempting a shot behind the three-point line. Curry made his first seven shots – two field goals, two three-pointers and three free throws – before missing. He had 24 points at halftime and surpassed his previous career high of 30 points with a three-pointer from the top of the key with 6:52 remaining in the game.

The game was over when …: the Cowboys went on a 17-2 run early in the second half to pull away from the Islanders. OSU saw its lead trimmed to 12 points when Texas A&M-Corpus Christi scored the first two baskets of the second half but the Cowboys then got on a roll to pull away. David Monds' three-pointer from the corner got the run started, Byron Eaton added a trey and Curry converted a conventional three-point play and the Cowboy lead went from 50-38 to 67-40 in a span of about five minutes.

Quote of the game: "I told the squad afterwards that I'm not sure I've ever seen that in the 17 years that we've been at Oklahoma State for a guy's stat line to look like that – 35 points, 9 assists, doesn't turnover it over and has two steals. I thought that he played with the type of confidence that he played with when he was a freshman. I think that's the best he's looked since his freshman year. I don't remember a game last year where he looked like that out here on the court for an entire game. He played like a big-time player tonight." – Sean Sutton on JamesOn Curry

Next: 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, vs. Pepperdine, at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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