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Where are they now?: Saint Joseph's Tyrone Barley, the player who was defending John Lucas' shot

by Berry Tramel Published: March 30, 2014
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Ten years ago this month, OSU’s John Lucas sank a shot over Saint Joseph’s Tyrone Barley that sent the Cowboys to the Final Four.

Lucas remains in the NBA, with the Utah Jazz. Barley is in a Pennsylvania prison, sentenced last November to 10-to-20 years for armed robbery and a reckless police chase.

According to the Local Daily News of West Chester, Pa., Barley pleaded guilty last September to charges that he held three women at gunpoint during a robbery in West Chester on Feb. 20, 2013.

Barley was Saint Joseph’s sixth man on its great 2003-04 team. He went on to play professionally in New Zealand and in the minor league American Basketball Association, then worked with troubled youths and from many accounts was a good husband and father.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Barley’s defense attorney, Arik Benari told the judge in asking for leniency. “The only thing that I can think of is that he was under the influence of something.”

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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