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No. 22 Oklahoma is held to 37 points by Texas

By Wire services
Published February 9, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas - Maybe Oklahoma should have sent its football team.

Texas put on a masterful defensive display Sunday, holding the Sooners to their lowest scoring effort in nearly 50 years in a 66-37 win.

The 11th-ranked Longhorns held 22nd-ranked Oklahoma to 26 percent shooting, including 1-for-21 from 3-point range. The Sooners matched the 37 points the football team scored against Texas in the first half of a 65-13 win in October.

"We got after it defensively," the Longhorns' Royal Ivey said. "We were getting at a lot of loose balls. Just playing hard and playing scrappy."

Texas shot 35 percent and committed 14 turnovers, but it didn't matter against an Oklahoma team that couldn't shoot straight.

After hitting 12 3-pointers in a win over Iowa State, the Sooners struggled to their lowest scoring total since a 38-34 loss to Oklahoma A&M in 1955.

"I don't think we ever dreamed we'd go 1-for-21 3-point shooting. It's a pretty good recipe for a bad offensive night," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "Texas is a pretty good basketball team, but we're not that bad."

Brian Boddicker and Brandon Mouton scored 13 each for the Longhorns (16-3, 7-1 Big 12). They have won three in a row over the Sooners.

De'Angelo Alexander scored 12 to lead Oklahoma (14-5, 4-4).

The teams combined for 21 turnovers in the first half. The Sooners hit 8 of 28 shots in the half and went 0-for-9 from 3-point range.

Nation

BOSTON COLLEGE 89, ST. JOHN'S 61: The Red Storm, down to eight players after five were expelled or suspended for their parts in a sex scandal last week, stayed with the Eagles for just over a half before losing its ninth in 10 games. St. John's (5-15, 0-9 Big East) started the four available scholarship players and one of the four walk-ons at Madison Square Garden. Sean Marshall had 23 points for BC (15-7, 4-5), which pulled away in the second half with an 18-5 run that made it 53-37 with 11:37 to play.

ILLINOIS 79, MINNESOTA 69: Deron Williams had 19 points and 11 assists and Dee Brown added 18 points for the visiting Illini (15-5, 6-3 Big Ten), who won for the fifth time in six games despite trailing by as many as 15 in the first half. Kris Humphries had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Gophers (8-13, 0-9), who have lost their first nine conference games for the first time in more than 70 years.

OHIO STATE: Guard Nick Dials has a stress fracture in his right wrist and is expected to miss a month.

[Last modified February 9, 2004, 01:05:23]


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