Colorado 55

(8-4, 0-1 Big 12)

Oklahoma 85

(11-2, 1-0 Big 12)

    4:00 PM ET, January 8, 2005

    Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma

    1 2 T
    COLO 29 2655
    OKLA 44 4185

    Top Performers

    Colorado: R. Roby 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Oklahoma: K. Bookout 27 Pts, 11 Reb

    Oklahoma 85, Colorado 55

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma doesn't often enjoy an advantage inside. But when the Sooners have one, Kelvin Sampson makes sure his team exploits it.

    The Sooners (11-2, 1-0 Big 12) went inside to Kevin Bookout and Taj Gray repeatedly Saturday to open Big 12 Conference play with an 85-55 win over Colorado.

    Colorado (8-4, 0-1) was without six-foot-9 junior center Julius Ashby, who was averaging 9.9 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds before suffering a tendon tear in his left foot Dec. 21.

    "Give Oklahoma a lot of credit," Colorado Coach Ricardo Patton said. "I think they played a terrific game today. They pounded the ball inside, like we thought they would, and we had no answer for that. I don't think our team matched Oklahoma's toughness. OU dominated us in every way."

    Bookout scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Gray had 19 points and 11 rebounds to record his sixth double-double of the season.

    "With Taj and Kevin inside we have someone to throw it to and the other team has to react," Sampson said.

    Without Ashby, it was hard for the Buffaloes to do much about Oklahoma's inside game. The Sooners outrebounded Colorado 48-35 and shot 55 percent from the floor to win their ninth game in the last 10.

    Junior Lamont Arrington started at center for Colorado. He finished with four points and three rebounds.

    Oklahoma opened the game on a 15-2 run with all but three points coming off of lay ups.

    Oklahoma dominated underneath from the opening tip, scoring 24 of 44 points from less than three feet away. Thirty of Oklahoma's 44 first half points came from less than five feet from the goal.

    Bookout, Everett and Gray shot a combined 18-of-20 in the first period, scoring all but two of Oklahoma's 44 points.

    "We played well tonight as a unit," Gray said.

    Oklahoma started the second half on an 11-0 run and extended its lead to as much as 31 with more than six minutes remaining and never trailed.

    The Sooners did have a scare late in the second half when 6-foot-8 senior Johnnie Gilbert went down away from the ball holding his left ankle. After the game it was announced that Gilbert suffered a partially torn tendon at the bottom of his foot. He will be re-examined Sunday and is day-to-day.

    Oklahoma hosts Connecticut Monday night.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 55 85
    FG Made-Attempted 23-60 (.383) 37-78 (.474)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-15 (.267) 7-28 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-10 (.500) 4-6 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 35

    2004-05 Season

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