(7) Oklahoma St 76

(11-1, 1-0 Big 12)

Texas Tech 66

(8-4, 0-1 Big 12)

2:00 PM ET, January 8, 2005

United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas

1 2 T
#7OKST 29 4776
TTU 36 3066

Top Performers

Oklahoma St: J. Graham 25 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

Texas Tech: R. Ross 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

Sutton's Cowboys hold off Knight's Raiders

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Joey Graham was too aggressive in the first half of Oklahoma State's 76-66 win over Texas Tech, accounting for five of his team's 14 first-half turnovers.

"But in the second half I was more patient and a lot of good things started happening for me," he said. "It was just a matter of letting the game come to you."

Graham had no turnovers in the second half Saturday and finished with 25 points -- including all 10 of his free throw attempts -- and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma State (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today; No. 7 AP).

In a meeting of coaches who have more than 1,600 combined wins, OSU's Eddie Sutton got his 766th victory -- and kept Tech's Bobby Knight at 840 wins. Sutton and Knight have a combined 74 years of coaching experience in Division I, with 39 years for Knight and 35 for Sutton.

The Cowboys (11-1, 1-0) used an 18-6 run to take a 60-53 lead with 8:24 remaining. Graham had four points, and his brother, Stephen Graham, had 10 during the run.

The Red Raiders (8-4, 0-1) answered with a 9-3 run, with five points by Ronald Ross and four by Jarrius Jackson, to pull within 68-66 with 2:50 remaining. But they could get no closer.

Ross scored 22 points and Devonne Giles added 20 for the Red Raiders.

John Lucas finished with 20 points for the Cowboys, hitting six 3-pointers -- including two in a row in the final 6 minutes. Ivan McFarlin added 14 points.

"We said, 'As long as we stay together, we can win this," Lucas said. "When we got on top our intensity kept getting higher, and once we got on top I knew it was over."

Oklahoma State, which has averaged 14 turnovers this season, had 23 against Texas Tech.

"Their defense was the best we've seen them play this season," said Oklahoma State assistant coach James Dickey, who preceded Knight as Tech's coach. "We're happy to get out of here with a win."

Sutton did not attend a post-game news conference, sending Dickey in his place.

The Cowboys outrebounded Tech 38-22.

"They really beat us badly on the boards," Knight said. "We don't really execute fundamental things during the game and those are things we need to keep getting better at if we're going to win."

Texas Tech led 36-29 at halftime. Oklahoma State pulled into a 47-all tie on the first of two free throws by Stephen Graham with 11:46 remaining, and took the lead on his second shot.

Knight said there were two different games.

"We played pretty well in the first half, and I think we played about 25 minutes pretty well," he said. "They made some baskets when they had to."

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 76 66
FG Made-Attempted 27-53 (.509) 23-54 (.426)
3P Made-Attempted 8-19 (.421) 0-3 (.000)
FT Made-Attempted 14-18 (.778) 20-22 (.909)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
Largest Lead 10 13

2004-05 Season

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