Texas A&M-CC 73

(3-1, 1-1 away)

Oklahoma St 95

(8-0, 6-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 29, 2006

    Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma

    1 2 T
    AMCC 34 3973
    OKST 50 4595

    Top Performers

    Texas A&M-CC: C. Daniels 14 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Blk

    Oklahoma St: J. Curry 35 Pts, 1 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl

    Oklahoma State 95, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 73

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Sean Sutton's players have a term for what to do when someone is on a hot streak like JamesOn Curry had Wednesday night.

    "I think their terminology for it is `feed the horse," said Sutton, the Oklahoma State coach. "That's what the players would say: `Feed the horse."

    Curry scored a career-high 35 points and had nine assists to lead the Cowboys to a 95-73 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

    Curry was 12-for-19 and had four 3-pointers plus a perfect 7-for-7 night from the free-throw line.

    "That was a big-time shooting display. You could tell he had a lot of confidence going tonight," Sutton said. "I thought he played with the type of confidence that he played with when he was a freshman. I think that's the best he's looked since his freshman year."

    As a freshman, Curry averaged 9.4 points as a complementary player on a team that went to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. As the go-to guy last season, he often struggled as the Cowboys missed the NCAAs for the first time in nine seasons.

    Curry wants the Cowboys to return to that level, and the first step is getting back into the top 25.

    "We would love to have it right now, to tell you the truth, because we're working hard and we want to get this program back to where it was," Curry said.

    Terrel Harris added 20 points, one off his career high, while Byron Eaton had a season-high 13 points and Obi Muonelo scored 12 for Oklahoma State.

    Mario Boggan, the Cowboys' leading scorer with a 21-point average, finished with 10 points in his first game coming off the bench at Oklahoma State.

    The Cowboys (8-0) put the game away with a 14-1 run early in the second half that included a jumper and a three-point play by Curry. Oklahoma State led 67-40 after Curry fed Boggan for a layup with about 13 minutes to play.

    Curry surpassed his season-high with 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting in the first half as the Cowboys built a 50-34 advantage. His 3-pointer with 6:52 remaining put him past his previous high of 30 points, last season against Mercer.

    "I didn't think he was going to miss," Harris said. "Every time he caught the ball and shot it, I was running back on defense."

    Scooby Johnson led the Islanders with 15 points, Chris Daniels scored 14 and Josh Washington added 13. The Islanders (3-1), who had a school-record eight-game winning streak snapped, committed 21 turnovers that led to 28 Cowboys points.

    "We just made them look really good, and they are good," Islanders coach Ronnie Arrow said. "Their first three 3s, we weren't within five feet of them. We weren't within five feet of them, and you can't do that against a quality team and well-coached team like this.

    "It's just disappointing because I know our guys are better than that."

    Oklahoma State took advantage of five early Texas A&M-Corpus Christi turnovers to score the first nine points on three 3-pointers, including two by Curry. The lead reached 20-9 on Muonelo's layup before the Islanders came back with nine straight points, capped by Washington's 3-pointer.

    Oklahoma State responded by scoring seven in a row, including Curry's three-point play, and the lead kept growing from there.

    Curry and Eaton hit back-to-back 3-pointers during a 10-0 run by the Cowboys that stretched the lead to 37-20.

    After Curry's hot start, the Cowboys kept going back to him.

    "We feed him," Harris said. "We set plays for him and make sure we set screens for him and get him open. A few of the shots he created on his own."

    Curry couldn't quite match Sutton to become the second Cowboys player with at least 20 points and 10 assists in a game, but his coach was still impressed. Besides his impressive totals in points and assists, Curry had no turnovers and two steals.

    "I'm not sure I've ever seen that in the 17 years we've been at Oklahoma State where a guy's stat line looks like that," Sutton said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 73 95
    FG Made-Attempted 24-54 (.444) 34-65 (.523)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 10-23 (.435)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-30 (.633) 17-20 (.850)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 25 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 24

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