STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Being benched certainly motivated
Daniel Bobik, and he helped fire up Oklahoma State (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) against Kansas State.
Bobik returned to the starting lineup to score 13 points and
pull down a career-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double,
sending the Cowboys to a 77-57 victory Wednesday night.
The 25-year-old senior sat at the start of the Cowboys' 104-86
win against Colorado on Sunday, and his coach and teammates noticed
a difference afterward.
"Daniel got his swagger back in Colorado and it showed today,"
guard John Lucas III said. "He was hitting shots, played with a
lot of energy, and he rebounded. I didn't know he had 11 rebounds.
That kind of surprises me."
Head coach designate Sean Sutton saw more energy from Bobik,
"You can go one of two ways," Sutton said. "Some guys will
sulk. Some guys will battle up. It clearly had an impact."
Joey Graham scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and
Lucas had 19 points and 10 assists as Oklahoma State (16-3, 6-2 Big
12) pulled away in the second half to extend the longest home
winning streak in the country with its 26th straight victory at
"I'm not sure I've been involved in a game when three guys get
double-doubles," Sutton said.
The Wildcats (13-5, 3-4) had a chance to tie early in the second
half when Tyler Hughes took a pass from Jeremiah Massey and jammed
it home with two hands while getting fouled, but Hughes missed the
ensuing free throw and Oklahoma State got rolling.
Lucas hit a 3-pointer from the right wing the next trip down for
the Cowboys, and Terrence Crawford added to the lead with a steal
at midcourt and a two-handed jam. He completed the three-point
play, and Graham hit a baseline jumper and a 3-pointer from the
left wing to put the Cowboys ahead 49-37.
Bobik and Lucas hit back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch the lead
to 55-40, and Kansas State was never again closer than 10.
Fred Peete brought Kansas State to 59-49 on a 3-pointer from the
right wing, but another 3-pointer from Bobik sparked a 10-0 run
that put the game away.
Massey, who scored 18 points in the first half, was held
scoreless for the first 9½ minutes of the second half and finished
with 25 for Kansas State. Peete added 14, and Cartier Martin scored
11 for the Wildcats, who lost for the eighth straight time in
"They didn't do anything different in the second half," Massey
said. "The thing we were doing different was getting the ball to
the open guy in the first half and it helped us stay close. They
just hit more shots than us in the second half."
The Cowboys started strong from 3-point range and led 14-7 after
back-to-back 3s from Lucas and JamesOn Curry.
Kansas State pulled to 19-17 on a driving basket by Peete, but
Graham stretched the lead again with five straight points --
including a right-handed jam over Lance Harris that electrified the
"It was one of those moments where he ran up under me, and I
was like, 'You messed up," Graham said. "I hammered on him."
Bobik compared the dunk to a Julius Erving cup-and-slam, but he
and the rest of Graham's teammates said it was against team rules
to look up at the replay. Sutton couldn't resist.
"I looked up there," he said.