Dec. 21, 1999
SEATTLE (AP) - Off to one of the best starts in school history, Oklahoma State puts its unblemished record on the line Tuesday night against Washington at Seattle.
The No. 13 Cowboys (9-0) remained perfect on the season with an 89-75 victory over Nevada-Las Vegas on Saturday, as senior guard Glendon Alexander scored 10 straight points in a two-minute burst early in the second half.
Senior forward Desmond Mason led the way with 23 points for Oklahoma State, which is one of the nation's 10 remaining unbeaten teams.
This year's team is tied with the 1969-70 squad for the fifth-best start in school history. The 1991-92 Cowboys hold the school record with 20 consecutive wins to start the season.
Oklahoma State's closest game was a 68-56 victory over Wichita State on Dec. 1. The Cowboys' average margin of victory is 24.1 points.
Washington will have to find a way to slow down Mason, who is averaging a team-best 19.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Alexander is next at 12.8 points per contest.
This is the second of a three-game road trip for the Cowboys, who visit Louisiana State on Dec. 30.
It has been a rocky start for the Huskies (4-4), losers of four of six after opening the season with two victories.
This is the third contest on a four-game homestand at KeyArena, Washington's homecourt this season while Edmundson Pavilion undergoes a one-year renovation.
Washington rebounded from a loss to Gonzaga four days earlier with a 61-47 victory over Wichita State on Friday. Deon Luton and Senque Carey each scored four points during a 16-4 run to open the second half and both finished with 12.
The Huskies have not been very successful against ranked opponents, compiling a 59-164 record in such games. Their last victory over a ranked foe came with a 90-84 decision over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 4.
A balanced attack is what the Cowboys will be up against Tuesday. Washington has had four different leading scorers this season and are led by Luton's 13.9 points per game.
Oklahoma State has won six of nine all-time meetings against Washington, including an 81-66 victory in the last meeting on Dec. 6, 1997.