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Oklahoma basketball notebook: Isaiah Cousins ejected in Sooners' win over Texas

Isaiah Cousins threw an elbow at Texas' Demarcus Holland late in the game, earning him his second technical foul and an ejection.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 4, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma guard Isaiah Cousins (11) comes down with a rebound against Texas guard Kendal Yancy (0) and Demarcus Holland (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
Oklahoma guard Isaiah Cousins (11) comes down with a rebound against Texas guard Kendal Yancy (0) and Demarcus Holland (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

With 2:24 left in Saturday's game at Texas, Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield drained a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Sooners up by two.

But on the play, Isaiah Cousins threw an elbow at Texas' Demarcus Holland.

Hield's shot counted but the technical was Cousins' second, leading to an ejection, and the Longhorns went to the line and tied it before Jordan Woodard scored OU's last 10 points to give the Sooners an 88-85 win.

Referees reviewed the play and OU coach Lon Kruger didn't offer any protest when informed of the call.

“They just said it was a collision and Isaiah got his elbow up,” Kruger said. “You can't do that.”

Early in the first half, Cousins and Texas' Isaiah Taylor had a verbal exchange that led to a double technical.

HORNBEAK RETURNS

Sophomore guard Je'lon Hornbeak returned from a broken foot, playing for the first time since Dec. 8.

The plan to ease Hornbeak back into action was thwarted a bit when Woodard got in foul trouble early.

Hornbeak wound up playing 14 minutes, missing both of his shots but adding two assists.

Kruger was pleased with Hornbeak's play at the point.

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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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