Cougars Fall To No. 6 Oklahoma State, 81-29

Dec. 4, 2004

Box Score

By Jeff Latzke

Stillwater, Okla. (AP) - John Lucas and Joey Graham combined to outscore Washington State and No. 6 Oklahoma State beat the Cougars 81-29 Saturday to move Eddie Sutton into eighth place on the career coaching wins list.

The offensive performance by Washington State was one of the worst since the 3-point line started in 1986-87. Georgia Southern holds the record for fewest points, getting 21 in a 40-point loss to Coastal Carolina on Jan. 2, 1997.

The Cougars (3-2) missed their first six shots - including five from 3-point range - and it didn't get much better from there. Oklahoma State (5-0) built a commanding 29-2 lead in the first half and was up 36-10 at halftime. They finished 12-for-55 from the field and 4-for-24 from 3-point range.

Washington State is familiar with offensive futility. Last December, Fresno State beat the Cougars 46-29, after leading 27-9 at the half.

The 29 points allowed by Oklahoma State was the fewest since a 50-29 win against Saint Louis on March 3, 1951.

Lucas had 19 points and Graham added 18 for Oklahoma State.

With the win, Sutton passed former Western Kentucky coach Ed Diddle, who had 759 career wins. Sutton, who has a career record of 760-292 at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State, is seven wins behind his mentor, former Oklahoma State coach Henry Iba for seventh place all-time.

After Shami Gill scored the Cougars' first points on a jumper with 10:36 left in the first half, Washington State missed its next 10 shots as Oklahoma State built a commanding 29-2 lead.

When Josh Akognon hit a 3-pointer to make it 29-5 with 4 minutes left in the first half, he pumped his fist in the air as he ran back down the court. He made another on the Cougars' next possession and it seemed the drought was suddenly over.

But the second half brought more of the same. The Cowboys built on a 36-10 halftime lead with a 22-2 run to start the second half as Washington State made just one basket in the first eight minutes.

The Cougars were down by 46 by the time a few shots started going in. But the Cougars' poor shooting wasn't over.

By the time another 7-minute stretch without a field goal was over, the Cowboys were up 79-25 late in the second half.

Frans Steyn scored a career-high 15 points as Sutton emptied his bench and let substitutes play down the stretch. Thomas Kelati led Washington State with eight points.

Oklahoma State outrebounded the Cougars 44-22.