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Lon Kruger was the coach — and the person — that Oklahoma basketball needed

One year after another, Kruger simply made the best of the hand he was dealt in Norman. He kept Trae Young home, outflanking a myriad of blue-blood programs to sign the Norman native. He turned an unheralded shooting guard named Austin Reaves into a dynamic ball handler and a legitimate NBA prospect. He hit the transfer portal to snag a nobody from CSU-Northridge, only to immediately show the nation that Elijah Harkless was perhaps the best defender in the collegiate game. --247Sports.com

Tough conditions can’t slow Cantlay as he takes first-round lead

Derek Castillo is also a native Californian, from Yorba Linda. He originally played for UNLV before transferring to Cal State-Fullerton. His last victory came at the Sacramento State Invitational in Elk Grove, California. Castillo shot a final-round 68 to defeat Cal State-Northridge’s Mats Ege of Norway by a shot. -- PGATour

AZTECS’ KOENEKE WINS UCSD INVITATIONAL

Nate Irwin of UC Irvine finished at 77-73-74—224 to tie for ninth with Tomas Helgo of Cal State Northridge, who wound up at 76-74-74—224, Alex Hanz of UC San Diego, who shot 72-74-78—224, and Darien Zhao of UC Irvine, who came in at 73-71-80—224. -- California Golf News

UC SANTA BARBARA WOMEN’S WATER POLO CONTINUES BIG WEST CAMPAIGN AT UC SAN DIEGO

With the victory of UC Davis this past weekend, the Gauchos have now won their Big West Conference opener in each of the past three seasons, all three times at home. In 2019, UCSB took down UC Irvine 6-5 thanks to a pair of goals from both Sarah Snyder and Kate Pipkin. Last season, UCSB defeated CSUN 9-8 in overtime thanks in no small part to an Amanda Legaspi hat trick and a Sarah Snyder game winner in what was ultimately the final game before the 2020 season was stopped and eventually canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. -- SwimSwam

Cal Poly baseball clinches series against CSUN

Cal Poly baseball opens conference play against CSUN with a 3-1 record in the four-game series. The Mustangs fell in the first game to the Matadors 13-10 then bounced back in the double header sweep on Sunday with a 7-6 and 12-1 win. -- KSBY

CMU beach volleyball results, March 22, 2021

CSU-Northridge 5, Colorado Mesa 0 No. 1 — Eknoian, Lauren/Carter, Meagan (CSUN) def. Holly Schmidt/Maddi Foutz (CMU), 21-19, 21-10; No. 2 — Waggoner, Seyvion/McLeod, Lexi (CSUN) def. Macie Lachemann/Savannah Spitzer (CMU), 21-19, 20-22, 16-14; No. 3 — Honeycutt, Darbi/Maughan, Mikaela (CSUN) def. Hahni Johnson/Sierra Hunt (CMU), 21-14, 21-10; No. 4 — Klein, Kailey/McMurray, Lauren (CSUN) def. Ara Norwood/Tye Wedhorn (CMU), 21-12, 21-6; No. 5 — McCullough, True/Sparks, Emily (CSUN) def. Sabrina VanDeList/Ashton Reese (CMU), 21-17, 21-14. -- The Daily Sentinel

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