Men's Basketball Holds Off San Diego

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 26, 1999

Nov. 26, 1999

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Eduardo Najera, despite being in foul trouble much of the game, had 17 points Friday night including Oklahoma's final six as the Sooners held off San Diego 68-61 in the Sooner Holiday Classic.

Oklahoma (4-0) will play in the title game Saturday night against California-Irvine, which beat Southwest Texas State 69-46.

J.R. Raymond and Renzi Stone scored 12 each for the Sooners, and Jameel Heywood came off the bench to score 10 points and grab nine rebounds in 22 minutes, his most extensive playing time of the season.

Dana White scored 24 and Tyler Field had 12 for San Diego (2-1).

Najera, the team leader with 20 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, watched the final 14 minutes of the first half after picking up his third foul. Oklahoma was able to go on a 10-0 run late in the half to take a 31-18 lead and the Sooners had a 14-point cushion at halftime.

Najera scored Oklahoma's first basket of the second half and later added a 3-pointer to end a four-minute scoreless run by the Sooners and give them a 48-41 lead.

He sat down with his fourth foul with 8:05 remaining and returned four minutes later, in the middle of an 8-0 spurt that made the score 60-47 with 3:30 to play.

White hit a pair of 3-pointers to help the Toreros surge to within 65-61 with 20.3 seconds left, but they didn't score again while Najera made three of four free throws.

San Diego hurt itself by going just 11-of-22 from the foul line. The Toreros at one point missed four straight, including the front end of a one-and-one, in the final 6:40.



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