BOULDER, Colorado (Ticker) -- After a tough loss against their intrastate rivals, ninth-ranked Oklahoma State and John Lucas decided to take out their frustrations on Colorado.
Lucas scored 26 points and JamesOn Curry added 17 of his 22 in the second half as the Cowboys posted a 104-86 victory over the Buffaloes in a Big-12 conference game.
On Monday, Oklahoma State (15-3, 5-2 Big 12) came out flat against Oklahoma before losing 67-57. The Cowboys returned to form in this one, shooting a blistering 61 percent (36-of-59) from the floor, including 13-of-21 from the arc, en route to reaching a season high in points.
In the first half, Lucas scored 13 points and Ivan McFarlin added 11, but Richard Roby hit five 3-pointers for Colorado as Oklahoma State held a slight 52-50 lead at the break.
Colorado forward Chris Copeland buried a 3-pointer just 12 seconds into the second half to give the Buffaloes a 53-52 lead, but the Cowboys replied with an 11-2 run over the next two-plus minutes to move ahead, 63-55.
Joey Graham started the run with a dunk and Curry added one of his six 3-pointers before Lucas closed it out with a layup at the 16:35 mark.
But with strong perimeter shooting, Colorado continued to battle. Copeland's 3-pointer at the 9:46 mark of the second half reduced the Buffaloes' deficit to 78-71 before the Cowboys' backcourt of Lucas and Curry took the game over.
Starting with Lucas' 3-pointer with 9:35 remaining, Oklahoma State went on a decisive 16-6 run over the next four-plus minutes to take a 94-77 lead. Curry buried a pair of 3-pointers and Lucas scored 12 points, including a jumper to cap the run with 4:59 to go.
McFarlin finished with 17 points and nine rebounds and Graham added 14 and nine as the Cowboys held a 36-23 edge on the boards.
Andy Osborn and Copeland scored 19 points apiece for Colorado and Richard Roby added 17 for the Buffaloes, who have lost three of their last four at the Coors Events Center.
Roby and Osborn each hit five 3-pointers and Copeland added four as Colorado shot 61 percent (17-of-28) from the arc while hitting a school-record 17 3-pointers.
The Buffaloes committed 12 turnovers, which were converted into 23 points by the Cowboys.