By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 20, 2003
Jan. 20, 2003
No. 7 Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
Oklahoma won its 32nd straight home game with a 69-64 overtime thriller over Big 12 rival Texas Tech. The Sooners extended the nation's second-longest current home winning streak (BYU has won 44 straight).
OU won its first overtime game this season and eighth of its last 10. Oklahoma improved to 14-8 in overtime games under head coach Kelvin Sampson. Oklahoma was 2-1 in its three overtime games last season.
Tonight's game marked the 600th of Kelvin Sampson's career as head coach. In his 20th year, Sampson is 375-225 (.625). In his ninth season in Norman, Sampson moved to 199-77 (.721).
OU allowed the Red Raiders just 64 points - 16.1 below their scoring average. The Sooners have not given up more than 68 points in a contest this season. The last time Oklahoma held 16 straight opponents to 68 points or less in a single season was the 1950-51 campaign (first 22 games of the season.)
Texas Tech was only the second opponent this season to have more assists (12) than turnovers (nine) against the Sooners. Princeton did it in the third game of the season (13 assists, 10 turnovers).
Hollis Price finished with a game-high 23 points including five straight points (three free throws, one FG) at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime. Price also led all scorers in three-pointers (three of five) and was perfect from the charity stripe (eight of eight).
Freshman Kevin Bookout had 15 points and eight rebounds, the same figures he averaged last week to earn him Big 12 Rookie-of-the-Week honors.
Though he contributed just seven points on 3-for-16 shooting, Ebi Ere had a career-high seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Quannas White scored in double figures for the third straight game (he had 10 tonight) after doing it just twice in the first 12 games. He also had five rebounds this evening, giving him 17 over the last three games.
Oklahoma travels to Waco, Texas, to battle Baylor in its next game at 5 p.m. on Saturday.