March 4, 2003
No. 5 Oklahoma vs. Nebraska
Lloyd Noble Center - Norman, Okla.
March 4, 2003
The No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners extended their home winning streak at Lloyd Noble Center to 37 games with a 76-51 victory over Nebraska. With the win, OU secured its sixth consecutive first-round bye in the Big 12 Tournament.
Tonight's victory marked the 12th win for Oklahoma in Big 12 play - the fourth straight year OU has won at least 12 games against conference opponents.
Oklahoma improved to 99-78 all-time against the Cornhuskers and 57-20 against Nebraska in Norman.
The Sooners held a 38-18 lead at halftime - the fewest points scored by the Cornhuskers in any half this season. Nebraska's previous low for a half was 22 in the second half at Missouri on Feb. 18 (Missouri 67, Nebraska 50). Last season, Nebraska's lowest point total in a half also came against Oklahoma. The Sooners held NU to just 19 points in the first half of their game on Jan. 16, 2002, in Lincoln. Oklahoma won that game, 78-51 - the worst NU defeat in the 25-year-old Devaney Center.
OU erupted for 13 points in the final 2:01 of the first half. The Sooners had scored 25 in the previous 18 minutes. Oklahoma finished with 38 points in both halves with five Sooners scoring in double figures (Nebraska had one).
Oklahoma hit its last seven shots of the first half and first six shots of the second half for a streak of 13 consecutive shots without a miss. The Sooners sandwiched a 25-0 run around halftime (final 13 of first half and first 12 of second half). Last year in Lincoln, OU sandwiched a 21-0 run around halftme to break open a 19-19 game.
Senior guard Hollis Price scored a team-high 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting. He was 4-for-5 from three-point range for the second straight game and is now shooting 51% from beyond the arc in Big 12 play (51-for-100).
Senior point guard Quannas White had 10 assists, two shy of his career high, against just two turnovers.
Freshman guard De'Angelo Alexander and junior center Jabahri Brown each tied their career-high point totals for a game. Alexander scored 15 points (also had 15 against Baylor on Feb. 8) and Brown had 14 (scored 14 against Princeton on Nov. 23). Alexander also tied his career-high in rebounds with seven (seven against Hartford on Dec. 7). Brown added eight boards, four blocks, two assists and two steals.
Oklahoma allowed Nebraska just one three-pointer on 12 attempts (8.3%). The Huskers' previous low was a 3-for-17 (17.6%) effort at Arizona State on Dec. 28. The Sooners hit eight of 19 from beyond the three-point arc (42.1%).
NU had its worst free-throw performance of the season, making just 8-of-16 charity buckets (50%). Oklahoma converted on 14 of its 17 free throw attempts (82.4%).