No. 6 Kirkwood won its second men's basketball national title Saturday night, upsetting top-ranked Triton, 83-76, in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II championship game in Danville, Ill. The Eagles (31-4) broke a 30-game winning streak for Triton (34-3), which had not lost since falling to Indian Hills, 104-85, back on Nov. 21. Kirkwood led much of the game and after Byron Harp (6'2''-G) hit a pair of foul shots with 1:25 to play, it was 76-68. But a pair of 3-pointers by Triton sophomore Eric Gillespie (5'10''-G) cut the lead down to three, 79-76, with 27.1 seconds left. The Eagles hurt themselves by hitting just 3-of-10 at the foul line over a 60-second stretch. The Trojans missed several 3-pointers that could have tied it, and Kirkwood sophomore Nick Richards (6'3''-G) was fouled on a rebound with 6.8 seconds left. Despite hitting just 1-of-6 from the line in three previous trips, Richards nailed both shots. Jacob Olson (6'0''-PG) then hit a pair of foul shots with 1.2 seconds left to provide the final margin. Richards led the Eagles with 21 points and Harp added 15. Cristen Wilson (6'5''-F) grabbed 12 rebounds. Third-year Kirkwood coach Bryan Petersen was named national coach of the year. The Eagles also won a national title in 1998. Courtesy of: thegazette.com
Juco guard Ty Lazenby commits to Sooners - 5 days ago
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He grew up a huge Oklahoma State fan, but Ty Lazenby(6'5''-G) is heading to Norman. The first-team junior college All-American committed to Oklahoma during his official visit Friday. Lazenby, 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, averaged more than 22.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last year for Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. He shot 86 percent from the free throw line and 45 percent from the field. Lazenby was a major star at Glencoe (Okla.) High, leading Glencoe to back-to-back-to-back champion... [read more]
He grew up a huge Oklahoma State fan, but Ty Lazenby (6'5''-G) is heading to Norman. The first-team junior college All-American committed to Oklahoma during his official visit Friday. Lazenby, 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, averaged more than 22.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last year for Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. He shot 86 percent from the free throw line and 45 percent from the field. Lazenby was a major star at Glencoe (Okla.) High, leading Glencoe to back-to-back-to-back championships. But his size was in question so he opted for the juco route. The journey has paid off with the commitment to the Sooners. He was contacted by OU assistant coach Chris Crutchfield last Sunday and the visit was confirmed Tuesday evening after speaking with head coach Lon Kruger. Lazenby visited Penn State earlier this week and was set to visit Utah on Monday but never ruled out committing to the Sooners if everything fell into place. OU is getting a real OKPreps feel to its team right now. The 2016 class saw Kristian Doolittle. The 2017 class has Scout 100 prospects Trae Young and Brady Manek. And now here comes a blast from the past with Lazenby. 'That would be a great opportunity if it happens,' said Lazenby to Sooners Illustrated on Tuesday. 'Trae Young - I mean you don't have to say much about him. Kristian Doolittle is a big, strong attacker. And everything I've heard about Brady is he's a sharpshooter with size.' Lazenby is hoping to be another piece to that puzzle. He was around 200 pounds coming out of high school and believes adding the 15 pounds in the last two years is a huge reason why his recruitment took off here recently. Lazenby will be a junior for the upcoming season but does have a redshirt season available to him as well. The addition of Lazenby means OU has one open scholarship remaining if Kruger and company decide to pursue another junior college or graduate transfer at this stage. Courtesy of: scout.com
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