Texas Tech 56

(16-7, 8-4 Big 12)

(8) Oklahoma St 85

(20-3, 10-2 Big 12)

    3:30 PM ET, February 19, 2005

    Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma

    1 2 T
    TTU 26 3056
    #8OKST 35 5085

    Top Performers

    Texas Tech: M. Zeno 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Oklahoma St: J. Lucas III 25 Pts, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Cowboys extend home streak to 28 games

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- In one quick flurry, JamesOn Curry got hot and Oklahoma State (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today; No. 8 AP) put away Texas Tech (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today; NR AP).

    Curry scored 10 of his 15 points during a 14-2 run that helped the Cowboys pull away early in the second half and beat Texas Tech 85-56 Saturday to move into a tie for first place in the Big 12 Conference.

    Curry hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to start the run and John Lucas III added a fast-break layup, then slashed across the lane on the Cowboys' next possession and passed the ball to Ivan McFarlin who dunked it with two hands.

    Curry added a jumper from the right wing and a long 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key before finishing the run with a right-handed jam on a fast break to make it 54-32 with 13:29 to play.

    "Even in high school, I'd get in the crunch time part of the game and I'd always get 10 points in 2 minutes or 15 points in 3 minutes. I'm just that type of player," Curry said. "When it's time to be ready, I'm ready."

    Lucas stretched the lead to 67-40 when his 3-pointer from the right wing hit off both sides of the rim, took a high bounce and fell in.

    Jarrius Jackson brought Texas Tech (16-7, 8-4 Big 12) within 76-55 with a banked 3-pointer from the right wing, but Oklahoma State scored the next seven points and emptied its bench after Marcus Dove's two-handed alley-oop jam made it 83-55.

    Lucas finished with 25 points and Ivan McFarlin had his sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds as Oklahoma State (20-3, 10-2) joined No. 2 Kansas atop the league standings after the Jayhawks lost 63-61 to Iowa State in overtime earlier Saturday.

    The Cowboys were watching the final minutes of that game and got some extra inspiration when they saw Kansas lose moments before tipoff.

    "When we found out Iowa State beat Kansas, everybody was hyped in the locker room," McFarlin said. "It was on us to come out and just play, and that's what we did. We didn't worry about somebody making a mistake. We just came out and played and had fun."

    The Cowboys play at Kansas on Feb. 27, and the conference title could be on the line.

    "Now, if we take care of our business, we can do the things we wanted to do when we started the year," Cowboys assistant coach James Dickey said.

    Martin Zeno had 19 points, Devonne Giles scored 12 and Ronald Ross added 10 for Texas Tech, which was held below 60 points for only the second time this season. The Red Raiders had been averaging a league-best 82.3 points and Ross had been averaging 21.5 points in conference games.

    "Their defense was as good as I have seen in a long time," Texas Tech coach Bob Knight said. "The way they pressured, the way they moved and the way they worked. Those kids came to beat us and we just came to play basketball. That was the main difference in the game."

    Tech was hoping for its second win over a Top Ten opponent in a week. The Red Raiders beat Kansas in double overtime on Monday.

    "I am not sure where we are, but I think we are better than we played today," Knight said. "Our team has had a problem for a long time doing something decently and then coming back and continuing to play that way.

    "They just totally dominated us."

    The Cowboys extended their homecourt winning streak to 28 games at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The streak is the longest in the country and is tied for the third-longest in school history.

    They're also 6-0 since Curry entered the starting lineup. Lucas said Curry has taken some pressure off him by being an extra ball-handler and scorer.

    "JamesOn has been playing great since he has been in the lineup," Lucas said. "He has been patiently waiting for his chance. He took the role not starting right away and coming off the bench, which is kind of hard because coming from high school, he was the man scoring 40 points a game.

    "That's a tough adjustment for anybody, but he adjusted well to it. I take my hat off to that. I don't know if I could do that."

    The Cowboys came out playing at a frenetic pace and every starter scored during a 14-6 run to open the game. The lead stretched to 24-14 after a run of six straight points capped by a fast-break layup by Lucas.

    "We had to come in here and win," Lucas said. "Coach was saying the ball was in our court. We came out more aggressive in the first half. We stayed aggressive in the second half.

    "Once we continue to do that, I do not think there is a team that can compete with us."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 56 85
    FG Made-Attempted 22-63 (.349) 33-63 (.524)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-14 (.214) 10-23 (.435)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-11 (.818) 9-11 (.818)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 29

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