Where's the D? Huskies outscore Sooners, 96-91

Washington's Brandon Roy drives for a layup in between Oklahoma's Jaison Williams and Terrell Everett during the Huskies 96-91 win over Oklahoma. Oklahoma will play Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. CST in the third-place game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)

If someone had told Kelvin Sampson prior to Friday's night's Great Alaska Shootout semi-final matchup with Washington his team would score 91 points, he probably would've started preparing for Saturday's championship game.

Turns out Oklahoma did hit 91, but unforunately for Sampson it wasn't enough as the Huskies scorched his Sooners for 96 points.

"Most teams win when they score 91 points," said a disappointed Sampson following the loss. "You score 91 points, you should win. I don't know if we've ever had a team this bad or helpless on defense. We just couldn't guard them."

The Huskies came out hot hitting nine of their first 11 shots en route to building a 24-16 first half lead. The Sooners battled back and eventually took a 35-34 lead, but Washington went on a 13-8 run from that point on to take a 47-43 lead at halftime.

Oklahoma scored the first four points of the second half to tie the game and would later take a 53-52 lead with 16:21 to go, but the game went downhill from there.

After the go-ahead bucket, Kevin Bookout picked up his fourth foul and a Drew Lavender technical foul led to a 6-0 spurt that pushed the Huskies' lead to 68-59. Washington also outscored the Sooners 16-6 during the five-minute span Bookout went out of the game with his fourth foul.

Washington would lead by as many as 12 poitns in the second half, but Oklahoma fought back and cut the lead to 69-64 and 86-80. However, the Huskies had an answer for every Sooner comeback charge and put the game away at the free throw line where they were 22-for-24.

"Offensively, I thought we played smart. We only had 12 turnovers and shot 55 percent from the floor," said Sampson. "We kept scratching back and getting the lead, but we could never get the stop to go up three or up five."

Bookout led the Sooners with a game-high 22 points while Terrell Everett chipped in a career-high 19. Taj Gray (17) and Jaison Williams (10) joined Bookout and Everett in double figures.

Overall, the Sooners shot 55 percent from the field (33-60) and hit six three-pointers. Washington shot 54 percent (35-64) and outrebounded a much bigger Oklahoma squad 33-20.

"There's a reason why that team beat Arizona three times (last season)," Sampson said. "You can rationalize why we got beat, but the bottom line is we've got to get a lot better on defense. If we can turn it around defensively we're going to be a good team."

The Sooners (2-1) will now play Minnesota (2-1) in Saturday's third place game at 6:30 p.m CST. The Gophers were sent to the losers bracket with a 78-72 loss to Alabama.

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