No. 3 Oklahoma St. 85, No. 24 Iowa St. 67
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ No. 3 Oklahoma State used 34 points from Byron Houston and a strong defensive effort Saturday to beat No. 24 Iowa State 85-67 and increase its record to 16-0.
The victory was the 26th straight at home for the Cowboys, 2-0 in the Big Eight for the first time since 1984-85. Their start ties the best in school history, accomplished by in 1950-51.
Iowa State (13-3, 1-1)) had won its previous five games and was held 20 points below its average. The Cyclones shot 47 percent and committed 20 turnovers against the Cowboys’ man-to-man defense.
Houston scored on a dunk off the opening tip and the Cowboys took a 10-2 lead after three minutes as Houston scored six points.
The Cyclones pulled to 17-14 on a backdoor layup by Fred Hoiberg with 10:10 remaining, Oklahoma State’s defense took over. Houston made a 3-pointer that started a 26-10 run during the next eight minutes. During that stretch, the Cyclones turned over the ball eight times and took only 10 shots.
Oklahoma State led 44-28 at halftime, then Houston scored 11 of the Cowboys’ 13 points to start the second half. Iowa State got no closer than 51-41 after intermission and trailed by as many as 20 on several occasions.
Houston’s 34 points were a season high and gave him 2,017 for his career. He joins Danny Manning, Doug Smith and Wayman Tisdale as the only Big Eight players with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Randy Davis had a dozen points, and Darwyn Alexander and Cornell Hatcher had 10 apiece for the Cowboys, who shot 57 percent.
Justus Thigpen scored 20 points, including 16 in the second half. Hoiberg added 16 and had a team-high eight rebounds.