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
"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
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.
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
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
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