By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 22, 2003
March 22, 2003
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship
Oklahoma City, Okla. * Ford Center
First/Second Round Games Saturday, March 22
California Bears (8th seed) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (1st seed)
Senior guard Brian Wethers scored a career-high 27 points while also setting a career high for field goals made (11). It was the most points scored by an OU opponent this season, eclipsing the 25 scored by Mo Williams of Alabama on Nov. 14.
Cal's 24 first-half points tied its lowest first-half total of the season. The Bears were also held to 24 against Kansas on Dec. 28 in an 80-68 loss to the Jayhawks. The lowest half points for Cal was 21 in the second 20 minutes against Cleveland State on Nov. 30 in a 73-64 overtime win.
Wethers also moved into 15th place on Cal's all-time scoring chart. He now has 1,239 career points.
Senior forward Joe Shipp scored 20 points to move into third place on the school's career scoring list. He now has 1,666 career points, moving past Bob McKeen (1,654) and Kevin Johnson (1,655) with tonight's effort.
Sophomore forward Amit Tamir scored a season-low one point.
Freshmen Kevin Bookout (22) and De'Angelo Alexander (15) combined to score exactly half (37) of OU's 74 points. They also combined to make half (13) of OU's 26 field goals.
Bookout scored a career-high 22 points, two days after not scoring against South Carolina State. It was the 15th double-digit scoring game of the season for Bookout, who was 9-of-11 from the field.
Alexander scored 15 points, giving him 31 in the two games of the East Regional. That betters his previous best consecutive two-game total of 26 against Missouri (11) and Texas A&M (15).
In two regional games, Alexander shot 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from the field, including 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from 3-point range.
The Sooners shot 54.8 percent (17-of-31) from 3-point range in the two regional tournament games. OU hit 59.0 percent (13-of-22) in the last three halfs, going 6-of-9 in the second half Thursday against South Carolina State then 7-of-13 against Cal.
At the 14:42 mark of the first half, Alexander had scored 25 points in his last 25:18 of play over the two games of the regional. He totaled 24 points in his previous four games before that.
Senior guard Hollis Price missed his first free throw attempt of the game to end a streak of 15 straight makes. He's shooting 93.4 percent from the line on the season.
Senior guard Quannas White has made 25-of-43 3-point attempts (58.0 percent) over the past nine games.
Senior guard Hollis Price had his two lowest-scoring games of the season in the regional. He scored a season-low three on Thursday then had five tonight against Cal. His previous low before the regional was six against Oklahoma State on Jan. 13.
Cal's Brian Wethers scored a career-high 27, the most points scored by an OU opponent this season. The previous high was 25 scored by Mo Williams of Alabama on Nov. 14.