Poke Notes: Joey Named MVP

Joey Graham was named the most valuable player of the Big 12 Tournament after his 16-point, 11-rebound performance against Texas Tech in the championship game.

But he also had seven turnovers in the game, prompting a reporter to ask him in the postgame press conference if he'd ever been rewarded before for turning the ball over so many times.
"I've never had seven turnovers in my life. It was a learning experience for me. I never want to make that mistake again, coach Sutton," Graham said as he looked at Sutton on the platform.
"Good," Sutton said.
Joining Graham on the all-tournament team were OSU teammate John Lucas, Texas Tech guard Ronald Ross, Kansas center Wayne Simien and Missouri forward Linus Kleiza.

Eddie Sutton knows how fortunate he is to have two good free-throw shooters in Joey Graham and John Lucas. But it's not just those two who are stepping up and nailing their shots from the charity stripe, all of the Cowboys are getting the job done.
OSU made 61 of 73 free throws in its three games in the Big 12 Tournament (84 percent). Joey Graham made 22 of 23 from the charity stripe in the three games, including 6-of-6 in the title game Sunday afternoon.
"We have a great luxury of having two great free throw shooters," Sutton said. I don't what we shot in the Big 12 but it's unbelievable. I think it was 112 of 117 those guys (Joey Graham and Lucas) shot. So you know, late in the game when the game is tight you want as best you can to get the ball in the hands of Joey or John. That doesn't mean we don't have a couple other guys, but I thinik they have all the confidence in the world to step up there and hit that shot every time."

The victory over Texas Tech gave OSU head coach Eddie Sutton the 779th victory of his Divison I coaching career. Sutton is now 779-298 and is tied with Lou Henson, who retired as New Mexico State's head coach midway through the season, for sixth on the list of winningest Division I coaches.
Sutton is chasing, in this order, the top five on the list: 5, Lefty Driesell, Georgia State (786); 4, Jim Phelan, Mount St. Mary's (830); 3, Bob Knight, Texas Tech (850); 2, Adolph Rupp, Kentucky (876); and 1, Dean Smith, North Carolina (879).
Oklahoma State improved to 6-0 all-time as the No. 3 seed in the league tournament, including a 5-0 mark in Kemper Arena. OSU was also the No. 3 seed in 1983 when Paul Hansen's Cowboys won the Big 8 Conference Tournament title.

Kenneth Cooper, one of five high school players who signed a national letter of intent with OSU last November, helped lead his Richwood High School team to a 76-39 victory over No. 1-ranked Marksville for the Class 3A state championship of Louisiana on Friday night. The 6-foot-10 Cooper was named most valuable player after finishing the state championship game with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Richwood finished the year with a 35-8 record.
Roderick Flemings, another Cowboy signee, and his DeSoto (Texas) High teammates came up short Saturday night in a 54-52 loss to Humble Kingwood for the Class 5A state championship of Texas. Flemings scored a game-high 25 points for DeSoto before a crowd of 13,746 at the Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus.

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