Oklahoma vs. Arkansas-Little Rock Postgame Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 12, 1999

Dec. 12, 1999

  • Oklahoma's 80-56 victory improved its record to 8-0, the Sooners' best start since the 1991-92 campaign when they began 10-0 under Head Coach Billy Tubbs. OU's current eight-game winning streak ties for the longest under Head Coach Kelvin Sampson (also in 1997-98 season). Oklahoma is one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the Big 12 Conference - Oklahoma State (6-0) is the other.

  • Sophomore guard J.R. Raymond scored 18 second-half points and led the Sooners with 22 points. He also registered five assists and a career-high seven steals. Raymond made 3-of-5 three-point attempts tonight and is now shooting .519 (27-for-52) from beyond the arc on the season.

  • Senior Eduardo Najera scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds before fouling out. The preseason All-American has led the Sooners in rebounding in seven of their eight games.

  • Junior guard Kelley Newton was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc tonight. All 11 of his field goals and 19 of his 23 field goal attempts this season have been of the three-point variety.

  • True freshman Hollis Price scored a career-high 15 points tonight, marking his third straight game in double figures. He also recorded a game-high six assists. Over the last four contests, the guard is averaging 11.0 points, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals.

  • Oklahoma missed its first five free throw attempts tonight and finished the game 20-of-30 (.667). Entering the night, the Sooners were shooting .752 from the foul line.

  • The Sooners improved to 66-8 (.892) under Coach Sampson when scoring at least 80 points. OU is 52-2 (.963) under Sampson when scoring at least 80 points at home.

  • OU outboarded Arkansas-Little Rock by a 40-31 count. The Sooners have outrebounded seven of their eight opponents this season.

  • Sophomore walk-on Michael Cano scored his first career points tonight with a last-minute bucket.

  • Oklahoma breaks for final exams this week and doesn't play again until next Saturday when it hosts Georgia Southern at 7 p.m. The Sooners then host No. 1 ranked Cincinnati on Wednesday, Dec. 22.



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