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Updated: Saturday, February 14, 2004 7:18 PM EST
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(10) Oklahoma St 91, Baylor 58

STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- John Lucas got a first-hand look at the disaster from which he bolted.

Lucas scored 13 points in his first game against his former school as 10th-ranked Oklahoma State stretched its winning streak to nine games with a 91-58 Big 12 Conference rout of Baylor.

Lucas is one of three players on ranked teams who transferred from Baylor in the wake of the scandal surrounding slain former Bear Patrick Dennehy. Lucas, Mississippi State's Lawrence Roberts and Texas' Kenny Taylor all became immediately eligible since the NCAA waived the year that transfers usually are forced to sit out.

"It was just another game to me," Lucas said. "It was cool to see them out there on the floor, but I only knew three or four of them."

"It was good to see him," Bears guard Matt Sayman said. "He is playing well."

Oklahoma State (19-2, 9-1 Big 12) showed Lucas he made the right decision by scoring 17 of the game's first 19 points and never looking back. The Cowboys held a 32-6 lead at the 6:08 mark and the Bears, who have just six scholarship players, managed to reach double figures on Harvey Thomas' two foul shots with 2:12 to go.

That only cut the deficit for Baylor (7-16, 2-8) to 39-11.

"I thought the first half was one of the four or five best 20-minute periods we have played," Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton said. "I thought the defense was sensational and we really ran our offense well."

The Cowboys moved into sole possession of first place in the Big 12, one game ahead of Texas. The 11th-ranked Longhorns were upset at Iowa State.

Tony Allen and Ivan McFarlin each scored 14 points to lead Oklahoma State, which shot 61 percent (33-of-54). The Cowboys, who visit arch-rival Oklahoma on Monday, are the top shooting team in the Big 12.

"In order to win a league, you need to beat the people you should beat," Sutton said. "When you stub your toe and lose a game you should win, that is very damaging."

Baylor shot 15 percent (5-of-434) in the first half and fell to 0-7 on the road.

This was the first meeting between the clubs since Baylor ended an 11-game skid in the series with a 74-72 upset here last season. Lucas led the Bears with 20 points and Roberts had a double-double.


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