Kansas St 49

(9-6, 1-3 Big 12)

(20) Oklahoma 61

(11-4, 1-3 Big 12)

    1:30 PM ET, January 24, 2004

    Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma

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    KSU 21 2647
    #20OKLA 32 2961

    Detrick scores 25 to end Oklahoma's slump

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Kelvin Sampson changed starting lineups. He switched to a zone defense.

    The Oklahoma coach even ditched his favorite denim-blue shirt, looking for anything that might snap his slumping Sooners out of their funk.

    "It wasn't working for me, man," Sampson said of the shirt after Oklahoma (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) ended its longest losing streak in five years with a 61-49 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

    Sampson flashed a wan smile when asked if he would don the crimson-colored silk sweater again.

    "I'm going to give this one another shot," he said.

    The Sooners (11-4, 1-3 Big 12) won, in part, because senior forward Jason Detrick finally started taking shots.

    Detrick, hampered most of the season by an abdominal strain and the effects of a concussion, broke out of a shooting slump to score 24 points. In the previous three games, Detrick had scored a total of 20 points on 21 shots.

    His emergence helped Oklahoma pick up a win it desperately needed after getting off to its worst start in conference play since Billy Tubbs' first season as coach here in 1980.

    "He hasn't been the same kid since the concussion," Sampson said. "We didn't get him back until this week."

    The Sooners hadn't won in three weeks, a four-game skid with an average margin of 18 points. Before Saturday's game, it was announced that starting forward Kevin Bookout would miss the rest of the season after deciding to have shoulder surgery.

    Kansas State (9-6, 1-3) proved to be the perfect tonic for Detrick and the struggling Sooners.

    "Our backs were to the wall," Detrick said. "It's been a long 21 days. It feels real good to get a win right now."

    Detrick went 8-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. But he was the only Sooner to score in double figures as Oklahoma continued its offensive struggles.

    The Sooners shot just 36 percent -- about right for the worst shooting team in the Big 12 -- yet still found a way to win against a team that mostly plays with a lineup featuring no player taller than 6-foot-8.

    "We didn't shoot the ball well, but I thought we played well," Sampson said. "We've been changing some things up and sliding players around to find out what works best for us."

    The change to the zone defense, though, gave Kansas State the most trouble.

    Kansas State finished with more turnovers (21) than field goals (18), and Oklahoma never led by fewer than 11 points in the second half.

    Wildcats point guard Frank Richards struggled mightily against the zone, finishing with no points, six turnovers and three assists.

    "It was not just one guy having trouble against the zone," Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge said. "It was a multitude of guys trying to play against it and that was the story of the game."

    Jarrett Hart, who transferred from Oklahoma after his freshman season in 1999-00, had 16 points for Kansas State.

    The Wildcats have lost 18 consecutive road games in the Big 12.

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