Sooners back on track

Oklahoma forward Brandon Foust comes down after a dunk against Texas A&M during the first half of the Sooners' 86-60 win over the Aggies Wednesday night in Norman. In all, five Sooners scored in double figures as Oklahoma improved to 17-9 overall and 7-8 in Big 12 play. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN, Okla. — No Jabahri Brown? No problem.

De'Angelo Alexander scored 17 points and four other Sooners reached double figures as Oklahoma ended their four-game losing streak with an 86-60 win over Texas A&M Wednesday night in Norman.

The Sooners, playing without starting center Jabahri Brown who was suspended after being charged with a misdemeanor account for possession of marijuana, traded baskets with A&M to open the game and then went on a 19-0 to break the game open.

The Aggies would cut Oklahoma's lead to to 38-27 with 18:10 to go in the game, but would never get any closer as the Sooners quickly responded with back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers by Drew Lavender, Jaison Williams and Lawrence McKenzie to push the lead to 47-31 and put the Aggies away for good.

"I was pleased with the way we started," said Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, who is now 16-1 vs. the Aggies. "Texas A&M is one of those teams that puts itself in a position to win games so we had to come out strong."

"We were just happy to get a victory," said senior guard Jason Detrick, who has scored in double figures in the Sooners last six games. "Our overall play as a team was excellent. That made the difference."

Overall, the Sooners shot a sizzling 58.8 percent (30-for-51) from the field.

"The best way I can sum it up is that we could not stop them offensively," said A&M Head Coach Melvin Watkins. "We just could not make it happen tonight. OU played pretty good in the end and that is why the score was what it was.

"They made some big shots and we allowed them to get too many offensive rebounds, particularly after foul shots. They were 10 of 23 from three point. I think at one point we got it down to 10 or 11 but they made some big plays and kept it out of reach."

Joining Alexander in double figures were Lavender (14), Williams (12), Johnnie Gilbert (12) and Detrick (12). All of Gilbert's 12 points came in the first half and was a career-high. Freshman forward Brandon Foust also recorded a career-high with seven points.

Lavender played perhaps his best game of the year posting career-highs with eight assists and five steals. In all, Oklahoma's freshmen accounted for 33 of the Sooners' 86 points.

"Johnnie Gilbert and Drew Lavender played really well for us tonight," said Sampson. "If there's anyone that deserves to have something good happen to him, it's Johnnie. He got us off to a great start tonight."

"Lavender gets a little tired and worn down because he has to play too many minutes sometimes, but he's our point guard and we need him. Drew's going to be a great player."

With the win the Sooners improve to 17-9 overall and 7-8 in Big 12 play heading into Saturday's regular season finale against Baylor in Norman. With a win over the Bears, the Sooners can clinch the No. 7 seed in next weekend's Big 12 Conference Tournament. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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