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Updated: Saturday, December 11, 2004 2:19 AM EST
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(5) Oklahoma St 86, UAB 73

STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- After a first-half scare, No. 5 Oklahoma State used its incredible shooting to record its 22nd consecutive home win.

Joey Graham scored 20 points and John Lucas added 18 as Oklahoma State shot 52 percent from the field in an 86-73 triumph over UAB.

Trailing as late as the five-minute mark of the first half, the Cowboys erased the 24-23 deficit with an 11-0 run that was capped with a 3-pointer by Daniel Bobik.

Bobik added another 3-pointer with 21 seconds left to give Oklahoma State a 39-29 bulge at the break.

"I think he is one of the most underrated players on our team," said Sean Sutton, who coached in place of his father, Eddie. "He is one of those guys who makes everyone on the court better. Tonight, he shot the ball like he is capable."

"I think he played real well," forward Ivan McFarlin added. "He's a weapon that we need down the stretch. I think he can really help us."

In the second half, Lucas' 3-pointer with 16:36 remaining ignited a 14-0 run that gave Oklahoma State (7-0) a 60-40 cushion. The reigning Big 12 Conference Player of the Week scored nine points during the spurt.

"I think that John likes to pick his moments," UAB coach Mike Anderson said. "I thought he really came out in the second half and gave them some momentum."

Lucas shot just 2-of-11 against No. 4 Syracuse on Tuesday.

"Nothing was wrong with my shot on Tuesday night, it just wasn't going in," he said. "You are going to have those nights where the ball just doesn't fall. I don't think that there was anything wrong with my shot tonight. I shot the same way that I did on Tuesday."

The Cowboys, who entered the week as the nation's top shooting team at 54.4 percent, made 14-of-25 shots in the final 20 minutes and 27-of-52 overall.

Graham scored 15 points in the first half and Bobik added 14 overall for the Cowboys, who had six players in double figures.

"You never know who is going to go off on any given night," Graham said. "We have so many different weapons that it doesn't really matter who scores. We are an unselfish team. When you have an unselfish team, a lot of people are going to get a lot of points."

"I think that it is important," Sutton added. "It does not allow defenses to key on one or two people. ... It is one of the strengths of this team. We have a lot of weapons and, normally, we hit a high percentage."

McFarlin, who pulled down 12 boards, scored 10 points to move him ahead of Joe Adkins for 18th place on Oklahoma State's all-time list with 1,192.

Donell Taylor had 17 points - 12 in the first half - and eight rebounds for the Blazers (4-1), who fell to 8-10 all-time against Big 12 opponents.

Oklahoma State held a 20-14 lead on the strength of 10 points by Graham. But Taylor scored six during an 8-0 run that gave UAB a 22-20 edge.

With the Blazers trailing, 46-35, early in the second half, Taylor scored five consecutive points to reduce the deficit to six.


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