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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


The Sooners ended the game with 20 personal fouls to the Aztecs' 11.

“When the separation was created, I thought Franklin did a good job of getting into the paint and creating opportunities for others as well as scoring himself,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “He's just a terrific all-around player and a tough matchup.”

 

SOONERS WATCHED FGCU/GEORGETOWN

Sitting in their locker room, Oklahoma watched one Cinderella story unfold Friday.

The Sooners watched the Florida Golf Coast-Georgetown matchup that was happening at the Wells Fargo Center where they were about to play.

It was turned off with about four minutes to go so OU could focus and not think ahead to the next game, but by that point the Eagles were up by 14.

WHERE WAS FITZGERALD?

OU senior forward Andrew Fitzgerald had dreamed of the NCAA Tournament since he was an Oklahoma recruit in high school in Maryland, and when Fitzgerald found out the NCAA Tournament game was going to be in Philly, he got excited that his family and friends would be able to see him play.

But the senior mainly stayed in his warm-ups, watching next to the latest starter that was sat for a rest. He wasn't injured, though.

“For a matchup standpoint and to get Drew in there means getting Roe out of there,” Kruger said. “Roe was really one of the bright spots. We had something going there. Just didn't happen for Drew that way.”

Fitzgerald finished his final game with three minutes of playing time.