Lucas adds 15 for Cowboys


STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- No matter how many of his shots bounced
off the rim, Tony Allen kept calling for the ball.

Wide-open jumpers, free throws and 3-pointers. Name it, and
Allen misfired on them and kept coming back for more.

The ball started falling, though, and Allen shook off his
terrible shooting night to score 19 points in (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) Oklahoma
State's 71-62 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night.

"He is the man," Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said of the
Cowboys' star guard. "He is OSU's go-to player because he can hurt
you in so many ways. He is every coach's dream as a team leader."

Allen made a couple of twisting layups in the game's final 2
minutes, and John Lucas hit two free throws to keep the Cowboys
(13-2, 3-1 Big 12) undefeated in nine home games this season.

Lucas added 15 points and five assists with no turnovers.

The late 10-3 run keyed by Oklahoma State's two leading scorers
was just enough to hold off Colorado (10-5, 2-2), which managed to
keep the game close despite its top two scorers struggling through
foul trouble all game.

Michel Morandais fouled out with 2 minutes to go and 7-foot
center David Harrison played with three fouls throughout much of
the second half, forcing him to be tentative on defense.

Harrison and Lamar Harris each scored 13 points for Colorado.
Harris also had 13 rebounds.

"I don't know how many fouls were called in the first half -- it
was a war inside and out," Harrison said. "At the half it was
30-30 and we came out with a chance to win -- that's all you can ask

The Cowboys were ripe for an upset because of their shooting

Allen missed all four of his shots in the first half and really
didn't get going until a tremendous one-handed dunk off a steal
midway through the second half, giving Oklahoma State a 50-45 lead.

Colorado responded with a 9-0 spurt, taking a 54-50 lead -- its
first since early in the first half -- after two straight inside
baskets by Harris.

The raucous crowd of 11,839 at Gallagher-Iba Arena fell silent
as the Buffs practically skipped to the sideline during a timeout
seconds later.

From there, Allen took over. Even without a reliable jump shot.

"He gets a little frisky at times," Oklahoma State coach Eddie
Sutton said. "Tony is a big-time player that makes big-time plays.
Those two drives he made late the game were big-time plays."

In the game's final minutes, Allen countered nearly every bad
play with a positive one.

His basket with 6:05 left was followed by four missed free
throws. Allen made a steal that led to the go-ahead jumper by Ivan
McFarlin, then was forced into a silly turnover.

Undaunted, Allen clapped his hands furiously at Lucas to get him
the ball on the next possession.

He responded with a couple of dazzling layups that ignited the
crowd and sealed the win.

"Coach told me to stay aggressive," said Allen, who finished
6-of-16, including 0-of-4 from 3-point range. "He told me if my
shot was not falling to drive to the basket. Luckily those two
plays at the end helped my team win."

The first half was marred by too many fouls (25) and not enough
baskets (19).

Oklahoma State, the top-shooting team in the Big 12, missed its
first eight shots and scored only two baskets in the first 10
minutes. The Cowboys shot just 26 percent in the first half.

Meanwhile, Colorado committed 12 turnovers and played much of
the half without Morandais because of -- surprise -- early foul
trouble. He picked up two fouls in the game's first 4 minutes.

Morandais also struggled to get anything going against Allen's
relentless defense, finishing with eight points -- about half of his
15.5 average.

"(Allen) beat them up, drove past them and taught them that
they need to be tougher," Patton said. "He just plays great
hard-nosed basketball."

The Buffs have lost 20 straight games in Stillwater, with the
last win coming in 1980.