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KU to honor crash victims

February 10, 2001

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A moment of silence for Oklahoma State will take place before today's Kansas-OSU men's basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.

The period of reflection will occur when both teams are off the floor, in accordance with the Cowboys' wishes.

Let KU athletics director Bob Frederick explain:

"I talked to Terry Don Phillips (OSU athletics director) at the beginning of the week and said we wanted to do something that was appropriate, but also wanted to be respectful of their interest in moving on down the line," Frederick said.

OSU's players and coaches will forever remember the 10 individuals who died in a Jan. 27 plane crash outside of Colorado, yet the team members would like to move forward with the season and not constantly be reminded of their sorrow.

"We didn't want to do anything they weren't comfortable with," Frederick said. "What they did Monday night (vs. Missouri at OSU) was after the teams left the floor for the locker room, they had a moment of silence and that was it.

"So that's all we're going to do Saturday."

Frederick asked KU's school newspaper to put out word for the students to not wave newspapers, and to cheer, not boo, OSU during introductions.

OSU changes travel plans

Icy weather forced Oklahoma State to change travel plans for today's game. The Cowboys originally planned on flying four planes to Lawrence or Topeka Friday afternoon.

Instead, because of ice at both Kansas airports, the Cowboys postponed their flight until this morning. They will depart the Stillwater airport at approximately 11:15 a.m. and fly into Lawrence. Upon landing, they will head straight to Allen Fieldhouse for the 3:05 p.m. tip.

"The weather conditions were iffy enough coach (Eddie) Sutton decided we would come Saturday," OSU associate athletics director Steve Buzzard said Friday. "The airport here (in Stillwater) was closed a while this morning, but it's been fine this afternoon. We've done this before," he added, referring to traveling on the day of the game, "so it is not a problem."

Jonzen respects Kansas

Oklahoma State's Fredrik Jonzen realizes the Cowboys are catching Kansas at a bad time.

"Kansas definitely doesn't want to lose two home games in a row," said Jonzen, a 6-foot-10 junior who played a year of high school ball at Shawnee Mission East. "Any game in Allen Fieldhouse is special."

OSU is coming off Wednesday's 78-75 overtime loss at Nebraska.

The Cowboys enter 14-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12. KU is 18-3, 7-2.

"I wouldn't call it a must win because the way the Big 12 is this year," Jonzen said. "Anything can happen, but it would be huge for us to get a win on the road."

Jonzen realizes he has his work cut out against KU big men Nick Collison, Drew Gooden and Eric Chenowith.

"They've got a bunch of big guys that they can rotate back and forth," Jonzen said. "That's going to a huge task, not only for me and Andre (Williams), but our other big guys are going to have to be ready to come in and play."

Short on guards

The death of OSU guard Daniel Lawson has left the Cowboys shorthanded at the guard position. Starting guards Maurice Baker and Victor Williams combined to play 89 of a possible 90 minutes at Nebraska. Williams and Baker have played 162 of 170 minutes in two games since the plane crash. Lawson averaged 9.6 minutes of court time per game.

"Fatigue didn't set in on me at all today," Victor Williams told the Tulsa World after the Nebraska game. "Nebraska just played a great game."

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