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Updated: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 11:35 PM EST
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(24) Oklahoma St 84, Tx A&M Corp Chr 52

STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- John Lucas Jr. keyed an early assault and Tony Allen had 24 points, seven assists and five steals as No. 24 Oklahoma State routed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 84-52.

Lucas had eight of his 16 points in the opening six minutes as Oklahoma State (10-1) scored 14 of the game's first 16 points and cruised to its sixth straight win.

After Lucas got the Cowboys off to a quick start, Allen took over. The senior guard made 6-of-7 shots and 10-of-12 free-throw attempts. He and backcourt mate Daniel Bobik consistently found open options for easy baskets as Oklahoma shot 60 percent (31-of-52) from the floor.

"He was the player that has maximized his talent better than anyone," Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton said. "Tony had 24 points with seven shots. The other guy I thought played a terrific game was Daniel Bobik."

Stephen Graham tied a career high with 12 points off the bench for the Cowboys, who were playing their final non-conference game of the regular season. Oklahoma State opens Big 12 Conference play on Saturday at Texas Tech.

"We were trying to win and finish off our non-conference schedule with a victory," Lucas said. "Overall we played well."

"As a team we are looking pretty good," Bobik said. "We have a real good chance of doing some good things in the conference."

Travis Bailey had 14 points and Thomas Bailey 12 for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7-6), which made just 4-of-16 3-point attempts and committed 19 turnovers.

"They are a very good team," Islanders coach Ronnie Arrow said. "Their defense is top notch. It is probably one of the best pressure defenses. I would put them among the four or five best pressure defenses in the country."

After the early run, the Islanders never got closer than seven points. The Cowboys led by as many as 14 in the first half, making 62.5 percent (15-of-24) of their shots, and led 37-24 at the break.

Oklahoma State opened the second half with an 8-0 burst, pushing the lead to 21. The Cowboys led by as many 35 late.

Oklahoma State leads the nation in field-goal percentage and eclipsed the 50 percent mark for the ninth time in 11 games this season. The Cowboys also improved to 114-1 in their last 115 home games against non-conference opponents.


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