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OU basketball notebook: Sooners' late-game strategy a success

OKLAHOMA BASKETBALL — With 9.3 seconds left, Coach Lon Kruger instructed players to foul Kansas State once they crossed midcourt.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: January 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm •  Published: January 28, 2012


Kruger and his staff wore tennis shoes Saturday as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, .

“Everyone has been touched by cancer,” Kruger said. “It's a great cause. It's been a signature charity for the coaches association for years.”

Fans can text COACH to 20222 from any wireless phone to make a $5 donation toward Coaches vs. Cancer.

For more information go to the Coaches vs. Cancer Facebook page:


Cameron Clark grabbed a team-high six rebounds and scored 11 points, six on three alley-oop dunks. It was Clark's highest production since he scored 14 in the All-College Classic against Houston. ... Grooms had seven assists and one turnover to pad his Big 12 assists-to-turnover ratio lead. ... Kruger essentially went with a seven-man rotation with Carl Blair and C.J. Washington coming off the bench. Tyler Neal played only two minutes. ... Fitzgerald's streak of double-figure games ended at 14. Fitzgerald had scored 10 or more points in every game since Dec. 2 but scored only three points. ... K-State out-rebounded OU 33-29, but it was an improvement over the first meeting when the Wildcats owned a 44-24 edge.

Saturday's game: OU 63, Kansas State 60