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Oklahoma basketball: Blake Griffin shines in Alumni Game

L.A. Clippers star scores 13 points in one half of action as the Sooners' legends took the court again.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 24, 2013

“Alvan Adams back in the mid-70s, the Wayman Tisdales, through the Harvey Grants and Terry Evans, our guys don't know them quite as well,” Kruger said. “Certainly everybody knows Blake. When he comes back and participates, everyone appreciates that.”

Sam Grooms, whose OU career ended with an NCAA Tournament appearance last season, enjoyed the opportunity to play on the same team as Griffin.

“He's one of the people I look up to,” Grooms said. “I listen to everything he has to say.”

Grooms is finishing his degree at OU this semester before pursuing a professional career.

The Cream team beat Griffin's Crimson team 102-99, with Ebi Ere earning MVP honors with 34 points and four assists.

Ere, who played on the Sooners' 2002 Final Four and 2003 Elite Eight teams, hit four 3-pointers.

Hollis Price scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, and Darryl “Choo” Kennedy added 13 for the Cream.

Eduardo Najera and Kelley Newton scored 20 each for the Crimson team.

The program's 2,000-point scorers and All-Americans were honored, including Adams and Stacey King.

Both Adams and King were in attendance, but neither played.

“Lon Kruger's doing a great job of reaching out to the student body, reaching out to the fans and he's getting fans back in here,” King said. “He's building a really, really good program.

“It's been a slow process, but people have to remember he didn't have a lot when they came in.”

The Sooners open their season Nov. 2 with an exhibition game against Washburn.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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