No. 24 Oklahoma 105, Bethune-Cookman 65


Monday, December 17th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6



NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ For the second straight night, Oklahoma scored more than 100 points. And for the second straight night, the 24th-ranked Sooners won.

That wasn't enough to please coach Kelvin Sampson, even after a 102-65 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Sunday night.

``This team scored 100 points again _ that's never rung my bell,'' said Sampson, whose team beat High Point 107-63 on Saturday night. ``I'm a stickler for details. Sometimes, I might look at Miss America and find a bunion.

``Tonight, I didn't like the way we lost our intensity once we got up by 30.''

Bethune-Cookman (2-5) took advantage of the Sooners' lapse in focus to go on a 13-6 run that sliced the deficit to 70-52 midway through the second half.

But the Wildcats' rally was short-lived, thanks to a three-point play by Aaron McGhee that sparked a game-closing 32-13 run.

McGhee, who scored the game's first two baskets, had 11 points in the first half as Oklahoma (7-1) raced to a 53-28 lead.

``The shots were just falling tonight,'' said McGhee, who finished with 20 points. ``They are basically the same shots I always get, so I should make them.

``I had a good shooting night, but I was disappointed I didn't have any rebounds.''

Oklahoma didn't need McGhee's muscle on the boards, as the Sooners outrebounded the Wildcats 40-19. Jabahri Brown, a transfer from Florida International playing in just his second game for Oklahoma, led the Sooners with 10 rebounds.

``It's definitely two different worlds, playing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and going on the road to play a team like Oklahoma,'' Bethune-Cookman coach Horace Broadnax said. ``We weren't expecting to dominate tonight, but we looked for our guys to come out and compete against a very good OU team.''

Hollis Price added 15 points and four assists for Oklahoma, while Daryan Selvy and Ebi Ere each had 14 points.

Cage Moses and Brian Cox each had 11 points for Bethune-Cookman.