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March 17, 1995|By Paul McMullen and Brad Snyder | Paul McMullen and Brad Snyder,Sun Staff Writers

It sure is a big country.

That's what the mother of Oklahoma State's 7-foot, 292-pound center, Bryant Reeves (a.k.a. "Big Country") found out yesterday.

Carolyn Reeves jetted for the first time to see her son play his first-round game against Drexel at the Baltimore Arena. The trip from her home, Gans, Okla., a town with a population of 300 on the Oklahoma-Arkansas border, was not too traumatic.

"It was great," said Mrs. Reeves, who traveled with her husband, Carl.

"We were going to go to the tournament, wherever it was, because it's his senior year," Mr. Reeves said.

The Reeves' only regret is that they did not have enough money to fly out their two younger sons, Brad, 16, and Brent, 11.

"If it was closer we might have driven," Mr. Reeves said. "We'd like to have them here, too"

Drexel's departing leader

Drexel is going to miss Brian Holden.

A 6-foot-4 senior from Holbrook, Mass., Holden began his college career at Boston University, then transferred to Drexel. It's no coincidence the Dragons went 69-20 in his three seasons.

Holden is one of five players to be named a first-team all-star in the North Atlantic Conference three straight years. Two of the others are a teammate, junior center Malik Rose, and the late Reggie Lewis.

Holden did a little bit of everything for the Dragons in his career, and offered a microcosm of it last night. In the first half, he was checking the top three-point shooter in the Big Eight, Randy Rutherford. When some of his teammates were intimidated, he played the point. At one point, Holden had 15 of Drexel's 26 points.

Sutton not happy

Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton knew the Alabama-Penn overtime game pushed back the start to 10:25, but he wasn't pleased with the planned 10:10 start, anyway.

"It's an injustice to play as late as this," Sutton said. "I know TV pays the bills, but it's going to be at least 2:30 before we get our players to bed. This just isn't fair."

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