John Lucas scored nine of his 18 points in a 14-0 second-half run to lead fifth-ranked Oklahoma State to an 86-73 victory over Alabama-Birmingham last night. Joey Graham had 20...

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STILLWATER, Okla. — John Lucas scored nine of his 18 points in a 14-0 second-half run to lead fifth-ranked Oklahoma State to an 86-73 victory over Alabama-Birmingham last night.

Joey Graham had 20 points for the Cowboys (7-0).

Donell Taylor scored 17 points for UAB (4-1), which controlled the tempo for much of the game with full-court pressure that forced the Cowboys to take quick and often ill-advised shots. But Oklahoma State did well when it was patient and also scored 16 points off fast-break chances.

Taylor’s twin brother, Ronell, scored five straight points to pull the Blazers to 46-40 early in the second half. But Lucas’ three-pointer from the left wing sparked the key run and the Cowboys were up by 20 points with 15 minutes left.

Lucas had a second three-point basket and capped the surge with a three-point play.

“We were rushing a couple shots. That’s one of the things that we’ve got to get back to, is taking smart shots,” Graham said. “That’s one of the things that this team is known for, is taking smart shots. Once we get back to doing that, we’ll eliminate a lot of mistakes.”

Graham scored six consecutive points during an 8-0 run that put Oklahoma State ahead 77-58 with 6:24 to play.

Daniel Bobik scored 14 points, JamesOn Curry added 10 and Ivan McFarlin 10 to go with 12 rebounds for the Cowboys.

Marques Lewis and Richard Jones scored 11 points each for UAB.

Nwaelele to play for Air Force today

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force sophomore Dan Nwaelele, a former standout at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, will play today against No. 3 Georgia Tech after being cleared of allegations that he cheated academically.

Nwaelele was suspended for the first six games of the season while the school investigated. He was reinstated Thursday as a cadet “in good standing following a legal and command review.”

Cadets can be suspended for honor, academic, military or medical violations.

Other Top 25 men’s game

At No. 17 Iowa 70, Iowa State 63

Adam Haluska scored 20 points against his former team and the Hawkeyes (8-1) fended off a late run by the Cyclones (4-2).

Down by 11 midway through the second half, Iowa State rallied behind Jared Homan and Will Blalock and drew to 61-60 on Homan’s two free throws with 2:06 remaining.

Haluska, who started as a freshman at Iowa State in the 2002-03 season before transferring, finished 7 of 13 from the field. He fouled out with 21 seconds left, leaving to chants of “Thanks for Adam” from Iowa fans.

Homan led Iowa State with a career-high 25 points and had 11 rebounds.

Top 25 women

At No. 2 Stanford 85, Pepperdine 49

Freshman Candice Wiggins helped the Pac-10 Cardinal (6-0) usher in a new era with 21 points in a victory over the Waves (2-7).

Kristen Newlin added a season-high 16 points as Stanford played its first game in the newly renovated Maples Pavilion. Brooke Smith added 13 points.

The $26 million project modernized the arena, opened in 1969, adding theater-style seating.

Jessica Elway, the freshman daughter of John Elway, a former NFL and Stanford quarterback, made her first college three-pointer with 4:23 left.

At No. 11 Georgia 93, Augusta State 47

Tasha Humphrey had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs (6-3) routed the Jaguars (6-3).

Other Pac-10 game

At California 59, Saint Mary’s 52

Senior guard Kristin Iwanaga scored a season-high 18 points as the Golden Bears (4-3) beat the Gaels (4-4).


Bob King, Larry Bird‘s first coach at Indiana State and the architect of New Mexico basketball who never had a losing record in 10 seasons with the Lobos, died at 81.

King coached New Mexico from 1963 to 1972, producing Western Athletic Conference titles in 1964 and 1968.