Nov. 25, 2002
With the 82-63 win over Princeton in the Sooner Invitational championship game, Oklahoma improved to 2-1 on the season and won its 24th consecutive game at home.
OU led both its opponents in the Sooner Invitational by 15 points at the half. The Sooners led Princeton 44-29 today and UC Irvine 43-28 last night. Oklahoma won by a 22-point margin over UC Irvine and by 19 points over Princeton.
Ebi Ere scored a game-high 27 points and had a career-high six assists against Princeton. The senior guard added seven rebounds (tied with Jabahri Brown for the team high) and was a perfect 6-for-6 on free throws. Ere just missed his career-high point total of 29 set against Arkansas on Nov. 30, 2001. Ere was named the 2002 Sooner Invitational MVP at the conclusion of today's action.
2003 Sooner Invitational All-Tournament Team
Adam Parada (UC Irvine)
Mike Williams (Western Michigan)
Hollis Price (Oklahoma)
Quannas White (Oklahoma)
Jabahri Brown (Oklahoma)
Ebi Ere (Oklahoma)
OU's 82 points against Princeton were the most given up by the Tigers in 55 games, dating back to the 2000-01 season opener.
Oklahoma nailed 15-of-17 free throws in the game (.882). Ebi Ere (6-6), Hollis Price (6-6) and Jabahri Brown (2-2) were all perfect from the charity stripe. The Sooners set a school record and led the Big 12 last season with a .767 free throw mark but are shooting .814 through three games this year.
Hollis Price moved to No. 16 on the OU career scoring list with 1,254 points. Price passed Al Beal (1,245) and is just 85 points from passing No. 15 Mookie Blaylock (1,338).