Dec. 22, 1999
SEATTLE (AP) - No. 13 Oklahoma State did what was expected after the Washington Huskies stayed close for one half.
"At every position, they have good players," Washington's Chris Walcott said. "There's no weak links."
Led by Desmond Mason's season-high 31 points, the Cowboys overcame a halftime tie to run their record to 10-0 with an 84-72 victory Tuesday night.
"They're a great team," said Deon Luton, who led Washington with a season-best 26 points. "They know where to find each other."
If the Cowboys have a problem, it's rebounding. For the fourth time this season, they were outrebounded as the shorter Huskies (4-5) had a 32-28 edge.
Oklahoma State also has been outrebounded by Arkansas-Little Rock, Wichita State and Texas-San Antonio.
"Our defensive board play is not where it should be. We need to improve on that," Cowboys coach Eddie Sutton said. "But we can't improve on our record, and that's the bottom line."
Washington, which is supposed to be rebuilding after two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, got 13 offensive rebounds, a statistic that disappointed 6-foot-10 Brian Montonati of the Cowboys.
"We need to improve dramatically on our defensive rebounding," he said.
Luton, from Del City, Okla., reminded Sutton after the game that he got away from Oklahoma State's recruiting net.
"I went over after the game to congratulate him and said, `I should have recruited you,"' Sutton said. "He said, `Yeah, you should've."'
Luton was 5-of-8 on 3-pointers after going 1-for-13 as a sophomore two years ago in a loss in Stillwater, Okla.
"They really weren't interested in me and I really wasn't interested in them," Luton said.
The Cowboys looked lethargic in the first half, which ended in a 35-35 tie, but began to take control after Luton's 7-footer gave Washington a 45-43 lead with 4:41 gone in the second half.
"We knew they would scrap, and in the first half they outhustled us," Mason said.
Luton's basket was the last points by the Huskies until Luton made two free throws with 11:57 left. Oklahoma State had an 11-0 run in that span to take control at 54-45 with 12:12 remaining.
Glendon Alexander had two 3-pointers and a 15-footer during the Cowboys' run.
The Huskies cut Oklahoma State's lead to seven points with 1:24 remaining on Senque Carey's layup after Walcott made two 3-pointers and Luton one.
Mason, a 6-5 senior forward, came within one point of his career high on 11-for-17 shooting. Montonati had 17 points, Alexander 15 and Joe Adkins 13.
Doug Gottlieb, Oklahoma State's senior point guard, had 12 assists, giving him 764 career and moving him into the top 25 in NCAA Division I history. He led the nation in assists at 8.8 per game last season.
Washington tried to be patient on offense, running the shot clock down and looking for good shots. They finished shooting 43 percent.
"Against a team like this, you have to have great discipline," Huskies coach Bob Bender said.
By JIM COUR
AP Sports Writer