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High Noon Highlights(2/18): Kalib Boone earns Newcomer of the Week

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Kalib Boon earns weekly award:

After a couple of good games this past week, freshman Kalib Boone has been names the Big 12 Basketball Newcomer of the Week. Boone was huge contributor in the Cowboys’ win against the Red Raiders on Saturday.

Oklahoma State freshman forward Kalib Boone earned his first career Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award for helping the Cowboy basketball team take down Kansas State and No. 24 Texas Tech last week.

Boone averaged 11.0 points on a team-high 66.7 percent shooting, and knocked down 14-of-18 free throws (77.8) in helping the Cowboys post their first two-win week in league play. {okstate.com}

Mason Rudolph’s coaches defend him:

If you remember Mason Rudolph was involved in a incident where he was hit in the head with a helmet by Myles Garrett. Over the weekend Myles Garrett said in a interview that the tussles was started when Rudolph used a racial slur. While we can’t know at this point exactly what was said, Rudolph’s current coach, Mike Tomlin and his former coach, Mike Gundy were quick to come to his defense.

“The most recent one this past weekend, I took offense to it, to be quite honest with you,” Tomlin told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. “… I fully support Mason Rudolph. We, as an organization, fully support Mason Rudolph. To be quite honest with you, we were hacked off by what we saw this weekend.”

Tomlin added: “I think [Rudolph’s] reputation needs to be defended and defended aggressively.”

You can watch the full interview with Tomlin in the Tweet above. Gundy responded saying Rudolph was nothing but respectful while at Oklahoma State.

Two of college baseball’s best square off this evening:

Oklahoma State and Arizona State will face each other tonight in Phoenix. Here’s a preview of tonight’s game.

• Arizona State opened the 2020 season by going 2-2 on opening weekend, with two wins against Villanova and losses to Michigan and Villanova.

• Led by All-American first baseman Spencer Torkelson (.351, 23 HR, 66 RBIs in 2019), the Sun Devils return 19 letterwinners from year’s NCAA Regional team that finished 38-19.

• Tracy Smith is in his sixth season as ASU’s head coach and is 157-131 with the Sun Devils. In 24 career seasons, he owns a 761-588-1 record. {okstate.com}

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