No. 10 Oklahoma 89, Texas A&M 63

Saturday, January 5th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Tenth-ranked Oklahoma keeps rolling and Texas A&M keeps reeling.

The Sooners won their 10th straight game, getting 22 points from Aaron McGhee and 18 from Daryan Selvy in an 89-63 victory Saturday night over A&M in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Oklahoma (11-1) held the Aggies to 34.5 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers. Texas A&M (6-9) has lost four straight and eight of its past nine.

``When we're making shots, we're a very, very hard team to play against, regardless who you are,'' coach Kelvin Sampson said.

``Last year we beat you, but we weren't beating you with a sledgehammer. This year we can put the hammer down a lot better.''

The Sooners are winning by an average of 26.2 points during their winning streak and have won their past six games by a 36.7 average.

In addition to McGhee and Selvy, guard Hollis Price returned to the lineup and scored 14. Six Sooners finished in double figures.

``They just had too many weapons for us,'' coach Melvin Watkins said. ``That's reflected in the box score. Different guys in different ways hurt us on the offensive end.''

The Aggies were short-handed because Watkins sent two players home Saturday morning _ forward Daryl Mason and reserve guard Michael Gardner.

``We've just got to deal with some attitudes,'' he said. ``We've got some things internally that we've got to work out.''

Price, Oklahoma's leading scorer with a 17-point average, missed the previous game after being poked in the eye during a practice. He wore goggles Saturday and didn't seem affected _ he had two steals in the early going to help the Sooners take control of the game.

The score was 14-7 when Oklahoma went on a 15-1 run. Selvy scored eight straight points including back-to-back 3-pointers. Price ended the spurt with two baskets, the second a 3-pointer that made it 29-8 with 6:55 left in the half.

Oklahoma led 42-26 at halftime, then started the second half by outscoring the Aggies 14-4. McGhee scored eight in a row during that time, six coming on 3-pointers. He moved inside a short time later where he scored on four of five possessions to help push the lead to 30 points.

``I saw a couple upsets today and I didn't want that to happen to us,'' said McGhee, who was 9-of-13 from the field and made all seven of his shots in the second half. ``I wanted to make sure our team was focused and got the W.''

Andy Slocum had 22 points and 14 rebounds for Texas A&M. The Aggies' leading scorer, Bernard King, didn't get on the board until making two free throws with 3:40 left in the first half. He wound up with 8 points, nine below his average.

The winning streak is Oklahoma's longest since the 1991-92 season.