Nov. 27, 1999


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - J.R. Raymond scored 24 points and hit three 3-pointers in a 13-4 second-half run Saturday night that carried Oklahoma to an 80-68 victory over California-Irvine in the championship of the Sooner Holiday Classic.

The game was tied at 47 when Raymond made a 3-pointer to give the Sooners (5-0) the lead for good midway through the second half.

Nolan Johnson added a layup off a steal and had a follow basket to make the score 54-49. Raymond then made consecutive 3-pointers to put the Sooners ahead 60-49 with 7:20 remaining and the Anteaters (1-2) didn't threaten after that.

Johnson and Eduardo Najera scored 16 apiece for Oklahoma, which was 15-of-24 from the floor in the second half and finished the game shooting 50 percent.

Jerry Green scored 20 points and Sean Jackson had 18. Jackson was 6-of-7 from 3-point range, and as a team the Anteaters were 12-of-23 from beyond the arc.