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MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Oklahoma State cruises past unranked opponent



Published: Tue, January 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Rico Taylor led Minnesota over Loyola Marymount.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- John Lucas scored 14 of his 21 points in the final 6 1/2 minutes of the first half, and Joey Graham got No. 7 Oklahoma State off to a fast start after halftime in a 86-61 win at Texas A & amp;M-Corpus Christi on Monday night.

The outbursts by the two seniors made sure that the Cowboys (10-1), coming off a loss that dropped them four spots in this week's Top 25 poll, avoided a huge upset.

Corpus Christi (9-4), an NCAA independent in just its sixth season, hosted a ranked team for the first time and had a seven-point lead midway through the first half.

Graham scored eight points in a 13-0 run the first four minutes after halftime to push the Cowboys ahead 44-28. That included his emphatic putback slam of a Lucas miss off the glass.

The Islanders had five turnovers in that stretch -- matching their first-half total -- and all but one led to points for Oklahoma State.

Graham finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Cowboys, who played their last non-Big 12 game of the season. Daniel Bobik had 12 points and Ivan McFarlin 11.

Minnesota 93, Loyola Marymount 67

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rico Tucker scored 17 points, leading six Gophers in double figures, as Minnesota defeated Loyola Marymount.

Vincent Grier scored 15 points, Dan Coleman added 14, Brent Lawson and Spencer Tollackson each scored 12 and Jeff Hagen chipped in 10 points for the Gophers, who shot 64 percent from the floor.

Minnesota (10-3) won its eighth straight game, matching its longest winning streak under head coach Dan Monson. The Gophers open Big Ten play Saturday when they host Penn State.

Matthew Knight led the Lions (8-5) with 17 points, while Charles Brown added 14 and Chris Ayer scored 10.




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