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OU basketball: Isaiah Cousins has become a critical piece to OU's season

Sooners coach Lon Kruger said Cousins has had the physical skills to be a plus defender. It was just a matter of getting him to buy into that role.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 9, 2014

/articleid/3932192/1/pictures/2341600">Photo - Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) takes the ball past Baylor's Brady Heslip (5) during an NCAA men's college basketball game between Baylor and the University of Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. OU won, 88-72. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) takes the ball past Baylor's Brady Heslip (5) during an NCAA men's college basketball game between Baylor and the University of Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. OU won, 88-72. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Cousins' explanation is simple.

“It's just about getting after it on defense,” he said.

In Saturday's win over Baylor, Cousins was effective defensively, especially after halftime.

But he also had his best offensive game of his Oklahoma career, scoring a career-high 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He was 3 of 4 from behind the 3-point line.

“My teammates just wanted me to be more aggressive,” Cousins said. “I had to step up and just do what I do — attack.”

While his defense has been solid recently, Cousins' offense has been high and low all season.

“I've got to be more consistent,” Cousins said. “That's the thing about my season right now, I've had some ups and downs.

“I've got my confidence up and feel like I'm in a better position to be consistent.”

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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