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January 14, 1992

Now that John Starks has made it big with the Knicks, stories of his college exploits are surfacing:

His Oklahoma Junior College team had a game in Independence, Kan., but Starks wasn't there as the bus prepared to leave. It turns out he was getting married. The team went on to its game minus Starks -- but only for a while.

"John showed up at halftime with his bag and shoes," said Ken Trickey, then OJC coach. "He had cut his reception short and got to Independence in an hour and 45 minutes [normally a 2 1/2 -hour drive from Tulsa]. He even got a speeding ticket. And then he threw in 30 in the second half."

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