Sooners reach century mark in win over High Point

Five Sooners score in double figures in 107-63 win over High Point

Hollis Price scored 26 points and four other Sooners reached double figures as No. 24 Oklahoma rolled to a 107-63 win over High Point Saturday night in Norman.

The Sooners, who reached the 100-point mark for the first time this season, trailed 2-0 early but once they got on track took the lead for good and never looked back after shooting a season-high 57.4 percent from the field.

The Sooners 107 points was the most since a 119-88 win over Colorado during Kelvin Sampson's second season in 1995-96. The Sooners are now 141-3 in games in which they reach the century mark.

Price, who did all of his damage in just 18 minutes of playing time, scored 15 of his 26 in the first half as the Sooners jumped out to a commanding 55-30 lead at the half. The junior from New Orleans connected on 10 of his 14 shot attempts and nailed 4-of-6 from beyond the three-point line.

"I just wanted to keep playing aggressive basketball. I can stay aggressive by taking shots that I can make," said Price of his efforts. "My teammates did a good job of setting screens and kicking the ball out to me. They're finding me where I can get my shots off and I'm making them."
Junior forward Ebi Ere also played limited minutes because of the early blowout and scored 21 points in just 20 minutes of play while hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range. In all, the Sooners connected on 11-of-18 three-point attempts.

Also in double figures for the Sooners was senior forward Aaron McGhee with 13 and Blake Johnston and Jason Detrick both came off the bench with 14 and 12 points respectively.

Tonight was also the much anticipated debut of Florida International transfer Jabahri Brown. Brown, who did not start as expected, came off the bench and scored five points, grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, dished five assists and led the Sooners with four blocks in 28 minutes.

"At today's shoot-around, Jabahri was nervous," said Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson. "I had him sit by me for the first few minutes of the game and when I told him to get in there, I thought he was going to hyperventilate. I told him that it's just a game and to go in and block some shots, grab some rebounds and start sweating. I'm happy with how well he played and I know he'll get better."

Brown, a tall and lanky 6-10 center with a 36-inch vertical leap, scored his first point as a Sooner from the free throw line but his first basket was a memorable one as he slammed home a spectacular no-look alley-oop pass from Johnston.

"I just wanted to get out there and have fun," said Brown. "I felt shaky at times, but I got into a flow and calmed down. I became more at ease as the game went on and it was good to come back. I kept playing hard and it just felt real good out there."

"It's nice having a presence back there if we get beaten by our man," said Hollis Price on the addition of Brown to the lineup. "Their guards got past me a couple times, but for me and the other guards, it's good to know that Jabahri is back there and blocking shots. He intimidates guys when they get in the lane and it will really help us defensively."

Blake Johnston came off the bench and played most of the second half and was outstanding in his 23 minutes recording career highs in assists (6) and steals (5) in addition to his career-high 14 points.

"He played an excellent game tonight," said Sampson on the redshirt freshman guard from Midland, Texas. "When we recruited Blake, I compared him to Jason Williams, the point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. He almost had a triple-double in the game I saw. He's a great passer and in transition, he's better than anyone we have."

The Sooners will try to extend their win-streak to six games tomorrow evening when they host Bethune-Cookman at the Lloyd Noble Center. Tip-off is schedule for 6:30 p.m.

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