Young gun gives Cowboys edge

Monday, January 31, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:12 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

BOULDER, Colo. — Oklahoma State freshman JamesOn Curry played a lot like a senior in his first start on Sunday.

Curry scored 17 of his career-high 22 points in the second half of No. 9 Oklahoma State’s 104-86 victory against Colorado. He was 6-of-8 from 3-point range, making all five in the second half.

Curry, who started in place of Daniel Bobik, helped shut down Colorado freshman Richard Roby, who burned the Cowboys (15-3, 5-2 Big 12 Conference) with four 3-pointers and 12 points in the first half.

Coach Eddie Sutton put Curry on Roby exclusively in the second half, and Curry held Colorado’s leading scorer to only two more points.

“The guy played a terrific game” said Curry’s backcourt partner, John Lucas, who said he thinks the duo is 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,” he said.

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.”

Andy Osborn and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points to lead the Buffaloes, who were outrebounded 36-23.

The Cowboys were 13-of-21 on 3s, while Colorado was a school-record 17-of-29. The 30 3-pointers is the most by two teams ever at Colorado’s Coors Events Center.

Oklahoma State rebounded from a 67-57 defeat to No. 13 Oklahoma 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 lead with 4:45 left . Curry added another 3-pointer in the big run.

"It turned into a gunning game and we got outgunned," Roby said. "They shot 60 percent, and we got outgunned," Roby said. "They shot 60 percent, and you won't beat anybody allowing 60 percent shooting."

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