Dec. 7, 1999
By HARRY KING
AP Sports Writer
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Eduardo Najera scored 18 points, often intimidated Arkansas' smaller shooters and came up with a couple of big steals as Oklahoma remained unbeaten with a 66-52 victory over the Razorbacks Tuesday night.
Tim Heskett contributed four 3-pointers in the second half, including one from the corner that gave the Sooners (7-0) their first double-digit lead and another after Arkansas (4-2) cut a 14-point lead to nine. Oklahoma outscored Arkansas 23-9 during the first 11 1/2 minutes of the second half while the Razorbacks made 3-of-13 shots.
Heskett's third 3 of the second half made it 51-41. Najera, who also had a game-high 10 rebounds, followed with a steal that led to a basket and J.R. Raymond upped the lead to 55-41. Heskett's next 3 came without any of his teammates in position to rebound and made it 58-46. He finished with 15 points, all 3s. Raymond scored 17.
Arkansas never got closer than 11 during the final seven minutes.
Early in the second half, the 6-foot-8 Najera often was at the top of the Oklahoma zone and his presence bothered Arkansas.
Chris Walker, Arkansas' only senior, scored 20, including 15 of the Razorbacks' 20 second-half points.
Oklahoma led three times and Arkansas twice during the first four minutes of the second half.
Heskett's 3 made it 40-38 and then he got a screen at the top of the circle for another 3 and a five-point lead.
Najera sensed a double team and dumped the ball to Victor Avila for an easy basket and 45-38.
Dionisio Gomez picked up his fourth foul and Najera immediately went over the lighter Carl Baker for a basket and a three-point play.