BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Oklahoma State freshman JamesOn Curry
played a lot like a senior in his first start for the Cowboys on
Curry scored 17 of his career-high 22 points in the second half
and was 6-of-8 from 3-point range -- including making all five in
the second half -- in No. 9 Oklahoma State's 104-86 victory over
Coach Eddie Sutton put Curry on Roby exclusively in the second
half, and Curry held Colorado's leading scorer to just two more
points in the game.
"The guy played a terrific game" said Curry's backcourt
partner, John Lucas, who added he thought the pair are the best
guard combination in the Big 12.
Curry was more reserved about his performance.
"I had six steals and no turnovers, that's all that matters,"
Lucas scored 26 points for Oklahoma State, which won in Boulder
for the first time since Feb. 24, 1996. The Cowboys also got their
most points since scoring 108 against Oklahoma in 1989, when they
played in the Big 8.
"I thought it was the best offensive performance we've had in a
long time," Sutton said. "When your starting guards have 48
points, 12 assists and only one turnover, you're not going to lose
very many games."
The Cowboys were 13-of-21 on 3s, while Colorado was a
school-record 17-of-29. The 30 3-pointers was the most by two teams
ever at Colorado's Coors Events Center.
Oklahoma State rebounded from a 67-57 defeat to Oklahoma (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP) last Monday, when Lucas and Bobik combined to shoot 4-for-16 and
Curry scored just four points.
"Last Monday, on national television, was a wake-up call,"
Lucas said. "Today, we got our swagger back, and it was time we
got our swagger back."
But it wasn't always easy for the Cowboys.
The Buffaloes (10-8, 2-5) made 11 3-pointers in the first half
and trailed 52-50 at halftime. But Oklahoma State made the
defensive switches and shut down Colorado's outside shooting that
had kept them in the game.
"They eliminated my touches in the second half," Roby said.
"I thought they had two or three different guys guarding me in the
first half. They went to one guy in the second half."
The Buffaloes stayed close until midway through the second half
when Lucas took over. He made two 3-pointers and scored 12 points
in a 16-6 run that gave the Cowboys a 94-77 run with 4:45
remaining. Curry added another 3-pointer in the run.
"It turned into a gunning game and we got outgunned," Roby
said. "They shot 60 percent and you won't beat anybody allowing 60
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