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February 25, 2006Mario Boggan added 17 points for Oklahoma State (15-13, 5-9 Big 12), which assured itself of no worse than a .500 record entering the conference tournament.
Texas Tech (14-14, 6-8) shot just 37.7 percent from the field and the Red Raiders' loss would've been worse if they hadn't made 9-of-13 3-point attempts.
Sutton recorded his 796th career NCAA Division I win and the 999th of his coaching career, including stints at an Oklahoma high school and an Idaho junior college.
It was the fifth game that Sean Sutton, Eddie Sutton's son and the Cowboys' head coach designate, guided the team. Oklahoma State officials have said that even though Eddie Sutton is on a medical leave of absence, the team's wins will go on his record.
Eddie Sutton was injured in an accident Feb. 10 and subsequently charged with drunk driving. He took the medical leave three days after the accident and acknowledged Feb. 15 that he had an alcohol problem.
Sutton underwent surgery Thursday to alleviate chronic back and hip pain, which he said had caused him to have a relapse of his alcoholism. Sutton, who underwent treatment for alcoholism in 1987 when he coached at Kentucky, has said he'll seek further treatment for his drinking problem once he has recovered from the surgery.
Oklahoma State is 2-3 since Sutton's accident, including a 21-point rout of No. 6 Texas.
Led by 14 points from Boggan, Oklahoma State shot 62.1 percent from the field in the first half and led by as many as 15 points before settling for a 44-30 halftime lead.
The Cowboys jumped to an 11-2 advantage as Texas Tech didn't make a basket until more than six minutes into the game. Texas Tech rallied within 15-14 but never took the lead. If not for Jarrius Jackson's 13 first-half points, the Red Raiders' halftime deficit would've been much worse.
Texas Tech threatened twice in the second half. The Red Raiders cut a 17-point deficit to 49-41 with 17:13 left, but a 3-pointer by Curry restored Oklahoma State's lead to double digits.
A 3-pointer by Alan Voskuil brought Texas Tech within 62-54 with 9:25 left, but the Red Raiders didn't score again for 5? minutes. In the interim, the Cowboys built their lead to 72-54 with 4:23 left and coasted from there.
Jackson scored 18 points and Voskuil, who went 4-of-4 from 3-point range, added 16 points. Texas Tech went just 11-of-40 from 2-point range.