NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Joey Graham has gotten all the accolades in his family. In "The World's Most famous Arena," his twin, Stephen, stole the spotlight.
Stephen Graham had a career-high 16 points and added nine rebounds off the bench to help No. 5 Oklahoma State knock off fourth-ranked Syracuse, 74-60, in the second game of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Joey Graham, a preseason Player of the Year candidate who is averaging 18.2 points on 59 percent shooting, was on the bench watching his brother help the Cowboys (6-0) during a late 22-7 run that erased a 42-40 deficit.
Stephen Graham, who entered the game averaging 6.6 points per game after scoring less than three per game last season, shot 6-of-7 from the floor and scored eight points on a pair of three-point plays during the run.
"I didn't think we played as well as we can, "Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton said. "But we played better in the second half. I think we can really build on this. This should give us a lot of confidence, because Syracuse is a good team. I think it was a special win for us."
Ivan McFarlin, who was averaging 10 points and four rebounds, had season-highs of 16 and 12. Joey Graham also added 16 for Oklahoma State, which shot 17-of-29 in the second half and 46 percent (26-of-57) overall.
"Those two guys (Joey Graham and McFarlin) haven't played like I think they are supposed to," Sutton said. "Tonight they did. Ivan played well and he shot the ball well. Joey played well. He rebounded well. His brother, Stephen, has really gotten better in practice. He's become a much better defender."
"This was the game I was looking for," McFarlin said. "I was in a little bit of a slump. The first five games I wasn't rebounding the way I was supposed to. It couldn't have happened in a better atmosphere, in the Garden against Syracuse."
Syracuse (7-1) lost this one at the line, converting just 7-of-22 free throws. Hakim Warrick, who scored 13 points, was a miserable 5-of-13. The Orange missed nine of 11 in the first half but still managed a 22-21 halftime lead when Warrick hit a turnaround jumper.
"We learned a lot from this game," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "We didn't shot our free throws well, but the bottom line is that we have three veterans playing well. We need help from somebody else. If we don't get help, we are going to struggle against good teams. I believe Oklahoma State is as good as anybody in the country. You can't play a game at this level against Oklahoma State and make 7-of-22 free throws."
The poor foul shooting allowed the Cowboys to escape despite a poor performance by point guard John Lucas, who scored just five second-half points on 2-of-11 shooting. But his first bucket, a 3-pointer with 5:50 left, snapped a 45-45 tie.
Josh Pace kept the Orange in the game with a variety of runners and scored 20 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Gerry McNamara scored 18 points and connected on 5-of-14 from the arc but most of his damage was done once the game had been decided.