Tuesday , Mar , 02 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Oklahoma State earns share of Big 12 title

Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) – Joey Graham poured in a game-high 20 points
and pulled down nine rebounds, as eighth-ranked Oklahoma State earned at
least a share of the Big 12 regular season championship with a 76-67 victory
over No. 10 Texas at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Tony Allen chipped in 19 points and eight boards for the Cowboys (23-3, 13-2
Big 12), as they won their second straight overall and 13th in the last 14
contests. John Lucas and Daniel Bobik netted 14 and 11 points, respectively,
in the win, as Oklahoma State also clinched the top seed in the Big 12
tournament.

The Cowboys, who improved to 14-0 at home this season, will close out the
regular season on Saturday at Gallagher-Iba against Texas A&M. A victory over
the Aggies would give Oklahoma State its first outright regular season
conference title since 1965.

“They did something that I didn’t think would happen,” Texas head coach Rick
Barnes said. “I thought the winner of this league would have four or five
losses.”

Jason Klotz paced the Longhorns (21-5, 12-3) with a career-high 19 points on
9-of-13 shooting from the field. P.J. Tucker added 14 points in the losing
effort, as Texas had a four-game winning streak snapped.

“It’s pretty disappointing,” Tucker said. “We’re sending our seniors off
without a conference championship. We’ve got to keep playing, we’ve got the
postseason ahead of us … we’ve got to move on.”

Oklahoma State, which led the entire second half, went on top 61-51 with 10:18
to play on an Allen reverse layup.

The Longhorns regrouped and went on a 10-1 run, capped by a Tucker jumper from
the elbow, to bring them within 62-61 six minutes later.

Both teams swapped baskets for the next 2 1/2 minutes with the lead never
growing larger than four points.

Allen then hit another reverse layup with 1:47 left to put the Cowboys up
69-65, but Texas head coach Rick Barnes argued the play as he told the
officials that Oklahoma State forward Ivan McFarlin had failed to cross the
timeline in under 10 seconds.

Klotz hit a hook shot in the lane on Texas’ next possession to bring the
Longhorns within two with 1:25 left, but that was the last basket they
converted.

Oklahoma State scored the final seven points of the game, including an alley-
oop slam by Graham with a second remaining to seal the win.

“I just kind of wanted to seal it off with a kiss,” Graham said.

Texas missed several shots in the final minute, including a pair of three-
point attempts by Brandon Mouton, who finished with just six points on 3-of-11
shooting.

The Cowboys made several of their shots in the last 20 minutes on second-
chance opportunities, as they held a 36-25 rebounding advantage.

The first half was tightly contested as the lead changed hands 10 times and
never grew larger than five for either side.

Allen made a free throw to put Oklahoma State up 31-26 with 4:09 remaining
until halftime, but the Longhorns mounted a 9-4 run to close out the half,
aided by five points from Kenton Paulino, to knot the game at 35-35 at the
intermission.

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