Dec. 14, 2002
OKLAHOMA vs. COPPIN STATE
SATURDAY, DEC. 14, 2002
LLOYD NOBLE CENTER - NORMAN, OKLA.
OU HEAD COACH KELVIN SAMPSON
On the win:
"We had some guys battling some injuries today. Coppin State is not an easy team to play against. They milk the shot clock every single possession. They're not going to turn it over much because they have good guards, and they're well-coached."
On freshmen De'Angelo Alexander and Kevin Bookout:
"Those two played pretty good. Our best player inside was Bookout. He was really tough today. This was his first game where he had double-figure rebounds with 11. He didn't turn the ball over."
"A kid that's shot the ball well in practice is De'Angelo. We're just encouraging him to keep shooting."
On next week:
"This week we won't have a whole week of practice because of final exams. The emphasis this week will certainly be on academics."
OU SENIOR HOLLIS PRICE
On the game:
"I think we played pretty well today. Coppin State is a real scrappy team and they hung around for a long time. I think we did a good job of adjusting to their 2-3 zone defense. We found some open shots and we knocked them down. We also got more offensive rebounds in the second half."
On if it was difficult defending their motion offense in the first half: "Not really. We went over the scouting report and knew what we had to do. But a lot of times we just didn't jump off to the ball the way we needed to. And that's something that we need to work on."
OU FRESHMAN KEVIN BOOKOUT
On the game:
"It was a pretty good game for us. Our defense wasn't as great as it has been for us but we gave ourselves a lot of opportunities to score and I thought we took advantage of it for the most part."
On his game-high 11 rebounds:
"I just kept working hard to get them every time down the court. We were down four rebounds at halftime and coach made it real clear in our locker room what we had to do on the boards and we just got after it."
Oklahoma 69, Coppin State 47
Dec. 14, 2002
Lloyd Noble Center
Coppin State Head Coach Ron Mitchell
On the game
"It was definitely a physical game for us. We learned a lot today on how important the weight room is. OU kept their poise and defensive pressure, which caused a lot of problems for us. It got us out of rhythm and definitely gave them an advantage. Oklahoma always recognizes what they have to do when they come at us and they never have an ego trip. They're definitely the best team we've played so far this season."
Guard Deke Thompson
On playing in his home state
"I love coming home to play. Everybody wants to come and play the bigger schools. It was great to come home and play in front of friends and family. I have several friends on Oklahoma's team. I love playing the hard road schedule. Coach always has us prepared."