Nov. 9, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Hollis Price made a trio of 3-pointers and scored 21 points, leading Oklahoma to a 76-61 victory over Global Sports in the Sooners' first exhibition of the season Saturday night.
Oklahoma, which has four starters back from last year's team that went 31-5 and reached the Final Four, begins the regular season Thursday at 8:15 p.m. CST against Alabama at the AT&T Wireless Classic inside New York City's Madison Square Garden.
Price, the preseason player of the year in the Big 12, was 8-of-14 from the field. He had 17 points at halftime, when the Sooners took a 38-26 lead.
Ebi Ere scored 16 points, all in the second half, and freshman Kevin Bookout had 15 on 7-of-9 shooting for Oklahoma. Another freshman who is expected to make an impact, guard De'Angelo Alexander, scored 7 points in 20 minutes.
Sophomore point guard Blake Johnston came off the bench to record a game-high 5 assists in 17 minutes of action.
Senior Jason Detrick, a key reserve last year for the Sooners, did not play. Detrick will be redshirted, coach Kelvin Sampson said.
"It's a new team and I'm excited about this year," said Price following the game. "We have to remember that we're going to make a lot of mistakes early in the year. We just have to go back and practice and get better. I'm excited about what I saw but certainly there are things that we need to correct."
Added Bookout, "It was fun. The other guys around me made me so much better. They gave me great looks at the basket and easy baskets to make off their penetration. I was a little nervous. Coach told me not to be but it's hard not to be when you're going against this level of competition."
Daniel Watts led Global Sports with 14 points.