Dec. 4, 1999


Coach Sampson

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma watched a 17-point second-half lead dwindle to five but hit 5-of-6 free throws in the closing seconds to beat Mississippi 81-73 Saturday night.

Eduardo Najera scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the Sooners (6-0) hold off the Rebels (6-1).

Oklahoma scored on 10 straight possessions in the second half to build on a 36-31 halftime lead.

Najera scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half. The Sooners made 17-of-27 shots from the floor in the second half and 28-of-51 for the game to shoot 55 percent.

Oklahoma had four players score in double figures with J.R. Raymond adding 17, true freshman Hollis Price scoring 11 and Tim Heskett scoring 10.

Mississippi, playing its fifth consecutive road game, cut Oklahoma's lead to five points with under :50 left when Jason Harrison put back a Jason Holmes miss.

Najera then hit a free throw and after a Mississippi turnover Heskett sank both of his free shots to end the scoring.

Four Rebels scored in double figures with Marcus Hicks leading with 16 points. Harrison had 15 points, Rahim Lockhart had 13 and Lataryl Williams scored 12.

The Rebels outrebounded the Oklahoma 31-24.

The loss ended Mississippi's best start since the 1973-74 season when the Rebels were also 6-0.