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Long range accuracy helps Sooners reach Big 12 final

3/9/2002

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Aaron McGhee had 16 points and 15
rebounds as No. 4 Oklahoma overcame another poor shooting
performance and beat Texas 67-51 in the Big 12 semifinals Saturday.

Ebi Ere and Jason Detrick added 15 points each for the defending
tournament champions, who will meet No. 1 Kansas in Sunday's title
game.

Kansas beat Texas Tech 90-50 in the semifinals.

McGhee, who had 11 defensive rebounds on Saturday, has 31 boards
in two tournament games.

Ere and Detrick hit three 3-pointers each as the Sooners (26-4)
shot 10-for-21 from long range, including 8-for-15 in the first
half. Oklahoma hit only 39 percent (14-for-36) of its 2-point
shots, though, and its 50 percent (9-for-18) shooting from the free
throw line was its worst this season.

In Friday's quarterfinal win over Kansas State, Oklahoma shot
just 32 percent from the field.

There were three technical fouls called within a minute early in
the second half.

Texas' Brian Boddicker drew the first with 18:23 left, after
Hollis Price -- angry at being called for traveling when he thought
he had been fouled -- waded into a crowd of Texas players and was
shoved to the floor.

Forty-six seconds later, McGhee was fouled by Texas' Deginald
Erskin at the other end of the floor and both were given technicals
for the subsequent confrontation. The technical against Erskin
counted as his fourth personal.

As poorly as the Sooners shot the ball, Texas (20-11) was worse.
The Longhorns made just 38 percent (18-for-48) from the field and a
season-low 44 percent (11-for-25) from the free-throw line.

Freshman T.J. Ford led the Longhorns with 18 points but had only
two assists after handing out 10 in Friday's 89-85 win over
Missouri. Erskin added 10 points for Texas despite playing most of
the second half with four fouls.

The Longhorns struggled offensively from the outset, missing
nine of their first 12 shots and committing 14 first-half
turnovers.

Ere, meanwhile, hit his first three 3-point attempts and Detrick
made his first two as Oklahoma steadily built a 38-23 halftime
lead. The Sooners led by as many as 22 points, 67-45, on Joszef
Szendrei's basket with 2:41 left.