Dec. 30, 1999
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Eduardo Najera scored a game-high 29 points to lead No. 22 Oklahoma to a 64-51 victory over Arkansas State in the championship of the All-College Tournament on Thursday night.
Najera had 16 points in the first half when the Sooners (11-1) built a 33-20 halftime lead. Najera, the tournament MVP, scored eight of Oklahoma's first 10 points in the second half, and finished 11 of 21 from the field. He added a season-high 14 rebounds.
Jamie Rosser led Arkansas State (3-7) with 20 points.
Najera, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, dominated inside, scoring on a variety of short jumpers, follow-shots and dunks. Of his 14 rebounds, six came on the offensive end, most on putbacks.
The Indians cut into Oklahoma's lead early in the second half and pulled as close as 52-45 with 4:40 to play on DeShawn Denson's 3-pointer. But J.R. Raymond answered with a 3-pointer and the Sooners regained control.
Arkansas State got as close as nine only briefly the rest of the way, when Rosser was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer and made all three foul shots. But Najera boosted the lead back to double digits at 59-48 with 2:52 remaining on a turnaround jumper and the Indians managed just three more points.
Raymond and Victor Avila each added 10 points and seven rebounds for Oklahoma.
Denson had 10 points for Arkansas State, all in the second half.
Oklahoma, the All-College host, won its third straight title and 14th in 17 years.