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Lucas leads early charge

1/7/2004

STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- John Lucas Jr. keyed an early
assault and Tony Allen had 24 points, seven assists and five
steals as No. 24 Oklahoma State routed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi,
84-52.

Lucas had eight of his 16 points in the opening six minutes as
Oklahoma State (10-1) scored 14 of the game's first 16 points
and cruised to its sixth straight win.

After Lucas got the Cowboys off to a quick start, Allen took
over. The senior guard made 6 of 7 shots and 10 of 12
free-throw attempts. He and backcourt mate Daniel Bobik
consistently found open options for easy baskets as Oklahoma
shot 60 percent (31-of-52) from the floor.

"He was the player that has maximized his talent better than
anyone," Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton said. "Tony had 24 points
with seven shots. The other guy I thought played a terrific
game was Daniel Bobik."

Stephen Graham tied a career high with 12 points off the bench
for the Cowboys, who were playing their final non-conference
game of the regular season. Oklahoma State opens Big 12
Conference play on Saturday at Texas Tech.

"We were trying to win and finish off our nonconference
schedule with a victory," Lucas said. "Overall we played well."

"As a team we are looking pretty good," Bobik said. "We have a
real good chance of doing some good things in the conference."

Travis Bailey had 14 points and Thomas Bailey 12 for Texas
A&M-Corpus Christi (7-6), which made just 4 of 16 3-point
attempts and committed 19 turnovers.

"They are a very good team," Islanders coach Ronnie Arrow said.
"Their defense is top notch. It is probably one of the best
pressure defenses. I would put them among the four or five best
pressure defenses in the country."

After the early run, the Islanders never got closer than seven
points. The Cowboys led by as many as 14 in the first half,
making 62.5 percent (15-of-24) of their shots, and led 37-24 at
the break.

Oklahoma State opened the second half with an 8-0 burst, pushing
the lead to 21. The Cowboys led by as many 35 late.

Oklahoma State leads the nation in field-goal percentage and
eclipsed the 50 percent mark for the ninth time in 11 games this
season. The Cowboys also improved to 114-1 in their last 115
home games against non-conference opponents.