Men's basketball: Win over Northwestern State gives coach Lon Kruger career victory no. 500
OU men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger picked up career win No. 500 when the Sooners beat Northwestern State, 69-65, on Friday night at Lloyd Noble Center, During his 27-year coaching career, Kruger has coached at six different schools and spent two seasons in the NBA as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. He is No. 18 in wins among active college coaches, and his Sooners’ squad is 6-1 so far this season.
Kruger’s milestone victory didn’t come easily. OU trailed at the half and struggled throughout until a three-pointer from freshman guard Je’lon Hornbeak with 2:12 left gave the Sooners a 64-63 lead.
OU held on for the final two minutes and iced the game thanks to three clutch free throws from senior forward Romero Osby in the game’s final 17 seconds.
Osby led the Sooners with 11 points and eight rebounds. He was the only OU player to score in double figures.