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COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN W. MCDONOUGH HOOKED 'EM Texas's James Thomas throws up an obstacle forOklahoma State's Cheyne Gadson in the Longhorns' 78--65 win lastSaturday, which snapped the Cowboys' 15-game winning streak.