Oklahoma basketball: Sooners beat UCO in McCasland Field House exhibition game

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 7, 2012
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photo - Broncho's player Nic Combs (30) fights for possession with Romero Osby, center, and Je'lon Hornbeak, right,as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners men's basketball team plays the Central Oklahoma Bronchos at McCasland Field House on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Broncho's player Nic Combs (30) fights for possession with Romero Osby, center, and Je'lon Hornbeak, right,as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners men's basketball team plays the Central Oklahoma Bronchos at McCasland Field House on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma opens its regular season Sunday, back in its regular arena, Lloyd Noble Center. The game tips off at 2 p.m. against Louisiana-Monroe.

ALVAN ADAMS AND OTHER OU GREATS MAKE HALFTIME APPEARANCE

Former Oklahoma star Alvan Adams, who played in the last game at McCasland Field House in 1975, was honored during halftime.

Adams led the Sooners for three years and finished his time at Oklahoma with 1,707 points, a 53.9 field goal percentage and a 70.2 free throw percentage.

Adams was drafted with the fourth pick overall in 1975 by the Phoenix Suns. The former Putnam City High School star spent 13 years with the Suns and played in one All-Star game.

Lon Kruger, who also played at McCasland when he starred at Kansas State in the ‘70s, talked about the experience.

“I thought it was great,” Kruger said. “It is a lot different. Of course my perspective is a little bit different too.”

Oklahoma will play one regular season game inside the field house on Dec. 31, against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

“It was good to get back in here,” Kruger said. “I think that (game in December) will be great to get a lot of families and folks out for that.”

SWAT CITY

Juniors Cameron Clark and A'math M'Baye went up and swatted the ball in the second half.

Clark drew a foul. He also drew a standing ovation from the crowd of Oklahoma football players in Section E/F who were yelling and cheering.

A couple plays later, M'Baye went up for the swat and executed it cleanly. Then the ball was passed across the court to Hield, who finished the possession off with a 3-point shot.

The Sooners finished the night with seven blocks.

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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