Oklahoma basketball notebook: Isaiah Cousins plays well in first half, struggles in second

In Oklahoma's first game in the NCAA Tournament, the Sooner freshman played 10 minutes, had six points and no turnovers in the first half. He didn't score again after halftime.
By Stephanie Kuzydym and Jenni Carlson Published: March 22, 2013
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OU freshman guard Isaiah Cousins struggled in the last month of the season.

On Friday night in Philadelphia, it seemed early that Cousins left all his struggles back in Big 12 Country.


Coming into the game, Cousins scored just two points and committed nine turnovers from OU's Feb. 16 game against Oklahoma State to their final game on March 14 against Iowa State.

In Oklahoma's first game in the NCAA Tournament, the Sooner freshman played 10 minutes, had six points and no turnovers. Just in the first half.

But after halftime, he didn't score again.

Cousins shot 2-of-6, played 12 minutes in the second half, had one rebound and one assist and committed two turnovers.

PLEDGER AND HORNBEAK FIND EARLY FOUL TROUBLE

Jamaal Franklin proved to be a tough matchup and gave both Oklahoma guard Steven Pledger and Je'lon Hornbeak trouble in the first half.

The Sooners' senior and freshman were both whistled for a pair of fouls and forced Kruger to go to his bench for junior Cam Clark and freshman Buddy Hield.

Oklahoma had nine fouls to San Diego State's three in the first half.

Ultimately, the early and abundant fouls didn't hurt the Sooners because most of the fouls came off the ball.

In the second half, though, the fouls began to hurt.  Kruger had four players with at least three fouls with nine minutes remaining — Hornbeak, Romero Osby and Buddy Hield with three, and Pledger with four. Many of the fouls came from different players attempting to guard Franklin.

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