Oral Roberts 73

(5-6, 1-3 away)

(14) Oklahoma 81

(7-2, 6-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 28, 2005

    Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma

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    ORU 31 4273
    #14OKLA 37 4481

    Top Performers

    Oral Roberts: C. Green 18 Pts, 10 Reb, 7 Ast

    Oklahoma: K. Bookout 24 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Bookout's practice pays off, Sooners rebound from ugly loss

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- After one of his worst shooting games, Kevin Bookout spent extra time working on post play and what he calls his go-to move -- a hook shot.

    That extra practice proved invaluable for Bookout on Wednesday night. The senior center had a season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP) rebounded from an embarrassing loss to beat Oral Roberts 81-73.

    Oklahoma (7-2) extended its home winning streak against nonconference foes to 45 games, the longest in Division I, but received a tougher-than-expected challenge from Oral Roberts (5-6), the preseason pick to win the Mid-Continent Conference.

    The Sooners, losers by 24 to West Virginia in their previous game, trailed Oral Roberts by seven points with 13 minutes left and were tied with 2:29 left before closing with an 11-3 run.

    "For our team and what we need right now, I'm not sure I could have scripted it any better," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "It would have been nice to win by 25, but I don't think there's a team in America that could beat (Oral Roberts) by 25."

    Oral Roberts lost its third straight game despite shooting 55 percent from the field, compared to 43 percent for Oklahoma. Caleb Green led the Golden Eagles with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

    A decided edge at the free-throw line helped Oklahoma's cause. The Sooners made 20 of 26 attempts, while Oral Roberts finished 10 of 17. Oklahoma also committed a season-low five turnovers, compared to 18 for Oral Roberts.

    Preventing turnovers "is something we've really been emphasizing," Sampson said.

    Bookout, who had only four shots and four points in the loss to West Virginia, finished 10-of-18 from the field against Oral Roberts. A good number of his baskets came on well-guarded baseline hook shots.

    "I was so confident today," Bookout said. "I've worked on that hook shot and I feel I can make it from anywhere on the court."

    Bookout's 3-point play with 2:18 left put the Sooners ahead for good at 73-70. Nate Carter, who scored 16 points, added two free throws for Oklahoma before a 3-pointer by Ken Tutt pulled Oral Roberts within 75-73 with 1:03 left.

    Carter answered with another 3-point play, rebounding Bookout's miss and scoring while being fouled by Larry Owens. Terrell Everett went 4-of-4 from the line in the final 31 seconds to seal the win for Oklahoma.

    Oral Roberts outrebounded Oklahoma 35-33. It marked the first time this season the Sooners, who entered the game third nationally in rebounding margin at plus-15.6 per game, were outworked on the boards.

    "It was encouraging that we did a nice job on the glass but at the same time when you get to crunch time, those (mistakes) are the things that win you the game or lose you the game," Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton said. "We just had stupid turnovers the last three or four minutes."

    Oklahoma is 10-2 all-time against its instate rival.

    Oral Roberts had a 14-10 lead 6 minutes into the game, before Bookout had six points -- on three hook shots -- during an 11-0 run that put the Sooners ahead 21-14. Oklahoma led 37-31 at halftime.

    The Golden Eagles opened the second half on a 8-1 run and took a 39-38 lead with 17:01 left on a Jonathan Bluitt layup. They extended that margin to 51-44 on a Yemi Ogunoye basket with 13:17 left.

    Oklahoma went on a 12-3 run and regained the lead at 56-54 on a 3-pointer by Everett with 9:30 left.

    Oral Roberts rallied to again go ahead and led 67-62 with 5:37 left. But Everett, who had 17 points and five assists, made consecutive 3-pointers to give the Sooners the lead at 70-68 with 3:38 left.

    All of Everett's 17 points came in the second half, and he finished 3-of-5 from 3-point range after entering the game 6-of-28 for the season.

    "I got one of those to go, and after that, I was feeling it," Everett said.

    Owens added 15 points for the Golden Eagles, while Taj Gray, Oklahoma's leading scorer, had 12 points and nine rebounds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 73 81
    FG Made-Attempted 28-51 (.549) 28-65 (.431)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-14 (.500) 5-13 (.385)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-17 (.588) 20-26 (.769)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 8

    2005-06 Season

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