By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 08, 2000
Feb. 8, 2000
Norman, Okla. - Lloyd Noble Center
The 16th-ranked Sooners notched an 85-64 victory tonight to improve to 19-3 overall and 7-2 in the Big 12. The win was OU's fifth in a row while Kansas State's loss was its ninth straight. The Wildcats fell to 8-13 and 1-9.
Eduardo Najera fell one rebound shy of his sixth consecutive double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds this evening. The senior All-America candidate, who has 11 double-doubles on the season, is averaging 19.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals. He is the only Sooner to score in double digits in all 23 games.
Najera played his fewest minutes (26) since Dec. 29 versus Mount St. Mary's when he played 22.
J.R. Raymond sank five three-pointers tonight on nine attempts. The point guard has made 35 treys in Big 12 play (3.9 average) and is shooting .467. He ranks second in the Big 12 on the season with 3.2 three-point makes per outing. The Newcomer of the Year candidate finished with 17 points tonight and is now averaging 16.0 this year.
Hollis Price registered six assists tonight, snapping a string of 10 games in which J.R. Raymond paced the squad in the category. Price also had nine points, four rebounds and a steal.
Junior guard Nolan Johnson notched his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
Junior forward Jameel Heywood, who had scored two points and grabbed one rebound in Oklahoma's last six games combined, contributed 10 tonight. He played his most minutes (18) since playing 20 against Cincinnati on Dec. 22.
The Sooners drained 11 three-pointers tonight and have made at least 10 in four of the last five games. OU is averaging 8.5 treys made per game on the season (last year it set a school record with 8.6 conversions per contest).
Oklahoma is off to its best start since the 1989-90 season when it also began 19-3.
Oklahoma improved to 70-9 under Kelvin Sampson when scoring at least 80 points. The Sooners are 56-2 when reaching 80 points at home under Sampson.
The Sooners host Oklahoma State Saturday at 3 p.m. in a game that will be televised by ESPN Regional. The Cowboys are 19-2 overall and 8-1 in the Big 12.