Texas 51

(20-10, 10-6 Big 12)

(4) Oklahoma 67

(26-3, 13-2 Big 12)

    4:20 PM ET, March 9, 2002

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    Long range accuracy helps Sooners reach Big 12 final

    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.

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