Oklahoma Men's Basketball Postgame Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 22, 2000

Jan. 22, 2000

Oklahoma vs. Iowa State
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000
Norman, Okla. - Lloyd Noble Center

  • Ranked 17th in the AP poll and 16th in the ESPN/USA Today version, Oklahoma moved to 15-3 on the season and 3-2 in the Big 12 with its 80-75 double-overtime win over Iowa State. The OU win snapped the Cyclones' 13-game winning streak and dropped ISU to 16-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference.

  • With 25 points and 14 rebounds, senior Eduardo Najera registered his eighth double-double of the year and sixth in the last nine games. He also recorded three assists and two steals. The senior All-America candidate, who played 48 of a possible 50 minutes today and 127 of a possible 130 in the last three games, has 22 steals in the last seven contests.

  • Najera is now averaging 19.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks per game for the season and 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.0 blocks per league contest.

  • Najera now ranks 12th on the Oklahoma all-time scoring list with 1,373 career points. The Mexico native, who entered the season 29th on the career scoring chart, passed former guard Terry Evans today. He also ranks 12th in career rebounding with 753 boards.

  • Today's game marked the first overtime contest for both teams this year. The last multiple-overtime game for OU was a triple-overtime affair versus Nebraska in Norman in the 1995-96 season (OU won 117-100).

  • The Sooners, who entered the game averaging a Big 12-low 12.7 turnovers per game, committed just two in the first half today and 14 for the game. OU has committed more turnovers than its opponents in just two games this year (George Washington and Colorado). Iowa State committed 16 today.

  • Iowa State did not convert a three-point field goal until the 9:39 mark of the second half. The Cyclones finished the day 6-for-20 from beyond the arc.

  • J.R. Raymond (6-for-15) and Tim Heskett (6-for-8) combined to make 12 three-pointers on 23 attempts (.522) today. Raymond, who is now averaging 2.9 treys per game, is shooting .416 from beyond the arc. Heskett is now averaging 2.8 threes per game and is shooting .447 from long range.

  • OU shot .481 from three-point land (13-for-27). The team has shot better than .400 from long range in each of the last five games. The Sooners now boast a .415 season three-point mark, tops in the league.

  • Oklahoma registered 41 rebounds to Iowa State's 38. The Sooners have been outboarded just four times in 18 games this year.

  • The Sooners improved to 68-9 under Kelvin Sampson when scoring at least 80 points. OU is 54-2 under Sampson when scoring 80 or more points at home.

  • OU attempted just six free throws in regulation (made three) while Iowa State was 9-for-13 from the charity stripe in the first 40 minutes. OU was a combined 6-for-7 from the line in the overtimes while the Cyclones were 4-for-6.

  • Today game marked Kelvin Sampson's 500th as a collegiate head coach.

  • After shooting .300 in the first half, Iowa State turned in a .654 second-half mark. The Cyclones outshot the Sooners for the game .444 to .433. Oklahoma has failed to shoot .500 from the field in the last nine games.

  • OU travels to Texas Tech next Saturday for a 3 p.m. ESPN Regional contest. Then the Sooners host Texas two days later at 8 p.m. on ESPN.



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