STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- With the help of one of his star pupils, Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton joined his former coach as one of the all-time greats.
Joey Graham scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds as sixth-ranked Oklahoma State extended its home winning streak to 23 games with a 78-68 triumph over Missouri in a Big 12 Conference contest.
With the victory, Sutton moved into a tie with former Oklahoma A&M coach Henry Iba for seventh on the all-time list with 767 Division I coaching wins. Sutton played under Iba there between 1955-58 and was honored to match his mentor.
"Mr. Iba would be thrilled because he was a teacher and I think the greatest credit that can be given is when someone you have coached or taught does well," Sutton said. "The biggest thing is I have been blessed with so many outstanding players. You have to also give your assistants so much credit, they do not get enough."
After Missouri tied the game, 57-57, on Linas Kleiza's jumper with 7:02 remaining, Oklahoma State (11-1, 2-0 Big 12) answered with a 15-6 outburst over the next four-plus minutes.
Graham, who was a career-best 13-of-13 from the foul line, scored the first five points of the run, including a three-point play with 6:49 remaining to give the Cowboys the lead for good.
"Coach told me to be more aggressive," Graham said. "When I do get to the free-throw line, I just need to stay focused and knock those free throws down."
Stephen Graham scored four of his 13 points during the spurt, including a pair of free throws to give Oklahoma State a 72-63 edge with just under three minutes remaining.
John Lucas added 18 points and a pair of 3-pointers for the Cowboys, who shot 60 percent (12-of-20) in the second half en route to their third straight win.
"I guess we are a second-half team," Lucas said. " That has to change. We have to put 40 minutes together like we have been saying all year."
"Our guys in the second half played a lot better," Sutton said. "The last seven or eight minutes, I thought we executed plays and put the ball in the hands of people that could score."
Lucas' 3-pointer 6:52 before halftime gave Oklahoma State its largest lead in the first half, 27-19, before Missouri used a 12-2 outburst over the next five minutes to take its first lead, 31-29. Kleiza scored seven straight points during the run and Marshall Brown capped the spurt with a 3-pointer at the 1:52 mark.
"We started out well but ended the first half kind of sluggish," Stephen Graham said. "We got the win tonight. We did some good things and we did some bad things."
Kleiza scored 24 points and was the only player in double figures for Missouri (9-6, 1-1), which has not won in the intimidating confines of the Gallagher-IBA Arena since 1996. Senior Jason Conley, who had three steals, said the crowd was not a factor.
"We didn't pay attention to it," Conley said of the 13,567 cheering fans. "We blocked out how loud they were and as time went on, I didn't even hear them. No matter where we play, we just have to keep doing what we did tonight."