Jan. 7, 2003
No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Connecticut
Lloyd Noble Center - Norman, Okla.
January 7, 2003
No. 9 Oklahoma extended the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 30 and handed No. 3 Connecticut its first loss of the season with a 73-63 win over the Huskies. OU beat its highest-ranked opponent since knocking off No. 1 Kansas, 64-55, in the Big 12 Tournament on March 10, 2002 in Kansas City, Mo.
OU's largest lead was 20 points at 15:43 in the second half with the score 51-31. The Sooners never trailed in the game.
Hollis Price nailed a trey in the waning seconds of the first period to put Oklahoma up 37-24 at the half. The 13 point margin marked the largest in the first half of the game for the Sooners. OU shot 55.2% (16 of 29) from the field while limiting the Huskies to 31.3% (10 of 32). The Sooners moved to 9-0 this season when leading at the half.
Oklahoma improved to 2-0 all-time against Connecticut. OU defeated the Huskies exactly one year ago, 69-67, at the Hartford Civic Center in their first meeting. The Sooners have never trailed the Huskies. UConn Head Coach Jim Calhoun fell to 0-4 lifetime vs. Oklahoma (0-2 with Connecticut, 0-2 with Northeastern).
Hollis Price scored a career-high 33 points. His previous high was 30 points against Tulane on Nov. 25, 2000. His previous high this season was 22 points against Coppin State and Georgia State. Price also tied his career high in field goals with 10. Price was a perfect 10 of 10 on free throws and is now shooting 92.3% on the years.
The Sooners had nine first-half turnovers but just three after the break. UConn also had 12 turnovers for the game. In its 11 outings this year, OU has committed the same or fewer turnovers than 10 opponents.
Oklahoma held UConn 27.1 points below its season average of 90.1 and outrebounded the Huskies, 40-34. OU has held the rebound advantage in eight of its 11 games.
The Sooners converted on 21 of 25 free throw attempts for an outstanding 84.0% from the charity stripe. The Huskies shot 5 of 13 (38.5%). OU scored a season-high 21 free throws, eclipsing its previous high of 20 vs. Hartford.
Oklahoma opens Big 12 play with a 3 p.m. game against Colorado on Saturday.