Oklahoma Postgame Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 31, 2000

Jan. 31, 2000

  • Oklahoma, ranked 17th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 18th in the AP poll, won its third straight game and improved to 17-3 overall and 5-2 in the Big 12. Texas, ranked 13th and 16th in the polls, respectively, fell to 14-6 and 6-2

  • Eduardo Najera notched his fourth consecutive double-double and eighth in the last 11 contests by scoring 18 points and grabbing a season-high 16 rebounds (one shy of his career high) tonight. Najera, who now has 10 double-doubles on the year, is averaging 20.0 points and 14.3 boards over the last four contests. On the season, the All-America candidate is averaging 19.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks per outing.

  • J.R. Raymond scored 25 points tonight, his most since tallying 29 against Montana State in the season opener Nov. 19 at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. The sophomore newcomer was 6-for-12 from the field, giving him just his second .500 or better field goal performance in the last 11 games. Raymond is now averaging 16.0 points per game on the season. He also recorded a game-high six assists tonight. He has led the Sooners in the category the last nine games.

  • Texas forward Gabe Muoneke, who was 12-for-14 from the field and scored 30 points in the teams first meeting this year, was 2-for-8 from the field tonight and finished with six points.

  • Oklahoma, which led 40-28 at the break, improved its record to 15-0 this year when ahead at halftime.

  • The Sooners outboarded the Longhorns tonight, 42-35. OU, which has been outrebounded just four times on the year, improved to 15-1 when grabbing more boards than its foes.

  • Senior center Victor Avila contributed 13 points tonight, tying his second-highest output of the year. Avila was 6-for-9 from the field and added four rebounds in 26 minutes, his most minutes of the season.

  • After failing to shoot .500 from the field in nine straight games, the Sooners have done it the last two contests. OU recorded a .525 figure Saturday at Texas Tech and shot .534 tonight.

  • With its win, Oklahoma improved to 35-16 all-time versus Texas and 17-5 in Norman. OU has won eight of the last nine versus the Horns at Lloyd Noble Center.

  • Oklahoma plays again Saturday when it faces Baylor at 12:45 p.m. on the road. The game will be televised by ESPN Regional.



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