Dec. 11, 1999

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - J.R. Raymond scored 22 points and freshman Hollis Price added a career-high 15 points as Oklahoma's men's basketball team beat Arkansas-Little Rock 80-56 Saturday night.

The win gave the Sooners (8-0) their best start since the 1991-92 season when Oklahoma started 10-0 under coach Billy Tubbs.

Oklahoma led by as many as 27 points, capitalizing on 22 Arkansas-Little Rock turnovers. The Sooners committed 11 turnovers to remain undefeated in five meetings with the Trojans.

Eduardo Najera scored 14 points for the Sooners and led all rebounders with nine. Oklahoma outrebounded the Trojans 40-31, 16-7 on the offensive end of the floor.

The Sooners, who led from start to finish, shot 44 percent for the game while holding Arkansas-Little Rock (1-5) to 40 percent.

The 53 points were the second-fewest for the Trojans this season. Arkansas-Little Rock's previous low came in a 63-49 loss at home to Centenary three nights earlier.

Troy Moore led the Trojans with 14 points. Laverne Smith had 12 and Mark Green added 11 points. Stan Blackmon, Arkansas-Little Rock's leading scorer with 19.6 points a game, was held to three points in 18 minutes and had four fouls.

It was the fourth time this season the Sooners have held a team to under 60 points.

Oklahoma closed the first half on a 16-9 run to lead 42-23 at halftime.

The Trojans lost their third-straight game in head coach Sidney Moncrief's first season as coach.