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Updated: Saturday, January 24, 2004 9:12 PM EST
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(25) Oklahoma St 72, (14) Texas 67

AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Eddie Sutton ruined another house party for Texas.

Joey Graham scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 25 Oklahoma State snapped No. 14 Texas' 25-game home winning streak with a a 72-67 Big 12 Conference victory.

Ironically, it was the Sutton-coached Cowboys who last beat Texas here at the Erwin Center, 85-80 on February 20, 2002. That was the 700th career win for Sutton, who was carried off the court by his players.

Sutton walked off the court this time without a milestone, but rather a pivotal conference road win.

"We are still early in conference play and I'm not going to rule out anybody just yet," Sutton said. "I think with today's win, we proved that we can be a challenger. I told the team before the game this afternoon that we can play as well as anyone in our league."

The loss denied Texas a chance at matching the school record of 26 consecutive home wins at the Erwin Center set from December 27, 1993 to November 29, 1995.

"The home winning streak was something that was not important to us," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "Whether you are at home or playing away, you must earn a win. Oklahoma State came in and played a great game. We just made some poor decisions."

Graham, who was averaging just 9.8 points and 4.4 rebounds, more than doubled that output as Oklahoma State (14-2, 4-1 Big 12) dictated a halfcourt tempo and outrebounded the Longhorns, 38-30.

"I think we proved that we can rebound with the best of them," Graham said. "They have some big country boys, Texas. They're pretty big. But we came out with a good defensive presence."

The Cowboys led by as many as 11 points, but Texas (12-3, 3-1) pulled within 68-66 on a 3-pointer by Kenny Taylor with 1:37 left. After Terrence Crawford rebounded a miss for Oklahoma State, John Lucas dribbled off more seconds before firing a pass inside to Crawford, who converted a layup with 27 seconds left.

Royal Ivey, who led Texas with 14 points, made 1-of-2 free throws with 22 seconds remaining, but missed a crucial pair at the line with nine seconds left and the Longhorns trailing by four points.

Texas held a 35-32 halftime lead as Brandon Mouton scored 10 points. But Mouton had just one point in the second half.

Oklahoma State started the second half with a 14-7 spurt as Graham had a dunk and a three-point play, giving the Cowboys a 46-42 advantage.

Daniel Bobik hit a jumper and a 3-pointer to highlight a 10-1 run which gave Oklahoma State its biggest lead at 60-49 with 8:03 left.


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