Dec. 17, 1999
NORMAN, Okla. - No. 23 Oklahoma looks to remain undefeated as it plays host to Georgia Southern on Saturday night in its final tune-up before welcoming in top-ranked Cincinnati next week.
The Sooners (8-0) continued their hot start with an 80-56 drubbing of Arkansas-Little Rock last Saturday night. The win gave Oklahoma its best start since the 1991-92 season when the Sooners started 10-0 under Billy Tubbs.
Sophomore guard J.R. Raymond scored 22 points and freshman Hollis Price added a career-high 15 against the Trojans, as the Sooners join intrastate rival Oklahoma State as one of two unbeaten teams in the Big 12.
Raymond, who leads the team with 18.8 points per game, made three 3-point attempts against the Trojans and is now shooting 51.9 percent (27-for-62) from beyond the arc this season.
Senior forward Eduardo Najera, the only other Sooner player averaging in double-figures with 18.5 points per game, also leads the team in rebounding with 8.1 a game. He grabbed nine against the Trojans as Oklahoma outrebounded Arkansas-Little Rock 40-31.
Najera and Raymond were named Big 12 rookie of the week and player of the week, respectively.
The Sooners' defense, which is holding its opponents to just 62.3 points a game, shut down Trojans' leading scorer Stan Blackmon, who came into the game averaging 19.6 points, but was held to just three points in 18 minutes.
Georgia Southern (5-3) is off to its best start since starting the 1992-93 season at 6-2.
The Eagles are coming off two straight wins at home, including a 98-82 win over North Georgia last Saturday.
Georgia Southern had five players score in double figures en route to its highest point total of the season.
Freshman shooting guard Julius Jenkins scored a career-high 30 points against North Georgia, and has now scored in double figures in all eight of the Eagles' games.
Jenkins, who is averaging 20.9 points per game, was named Southern Conference Player of the Week for last week.