NORMAN, Okla. – Fresh off of their tough loss against Kansas, No. 6 Oklahoma (15-2, 4-1) was faced with a stiff challenge from No. 18 Missouri (14-5, 4-2) on ESPN's Big Monday. Proving that they deserved their Top 10 ranking, the Sooners handedly defeated the Tigers 84-71.
In what was a very important conference match-up for both teams, Missouri never really threatened the Sooners at home. Oklahoma started the game shooting very poorly (2-8), but was supported by the gritty effort of junior Quannas White and senior Daryan Selvy.
White, who was impressive in the Kansas loss, gave another solid effort against the Tigers finishing with 14 points. Most of those points (11) came in the first half when his team was struggling on offense.
Selvy was just as valuable as he produced eight first-half points and two blocks.
Despite the poor shooting, the Sooners went on a late first-half run to enter the intermission with a 44-31 lead.
Make no mistake about it, however. Oklahoma junior point guard Hollis Price owned the second half.
The Sooners started the second half with an electrifying alley-oop from Quannas White to Jabahri Brown. From that point on, it was all Hollis Price. He was a force on both ends of the court and finished with 24 points.
With approximately 11 minutes remaining in the game, the Tigers made a small run to cut the Sooners' lead from 18 to 12 points. Ebi Ere answered with a 3-pointer and Oklahoma never looked back and strolled to the solid 13-point victory.
Missouri's Clarence Gilbert was the Tigers only offensive threat as he was deadly from behind the 3-point arc (8-11) and matched Price's 26 points.
Missouri's super-star Kareem Rush was very quiet until a late 3-pointer finally put him into double figures. Rush ended the night with only 13 points; almost seven below his season average.
Oklahoma out-rebounded Missouri 43-26 to compliment their 49 percent shooting effort. The Sooners have won eight straight games against Missouri and Kelvin Sampson is 5-0 against Quin Snyder.
Oklahoma faces Texas Tech in Lubbock on Saturday (12 p.m.).
Bryant 2-5 0-2 4, Paulding 2-4 4-4 9, Johnson 2-5 0-2 4, Gilbert 8-16 2-4 26, Rush 4-15 3-3 13, Stokes 0-0 1-3 1, John 1-1 2-2 4, Gage 1-2 2-2 4, Echols 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 23-51 14-22 71.
McGhee 6-14 0-0 13, Brown 4-7 0-0 8, Ere 3-10 4-6 11, White 6-9 1-2 14, Price 9-14 1-1 24, Detrick 0-3 2-2 2, Selvy 3-6 4-6 12. Totals 31-63 12-17 84.
Halftime-Oklahoma 44-31. 3-point goals-Missouri 11-24 (Gilbert 8-13, Rush 2-9, Paulding 1-1, Gage 0-1). Oklahoma 10-22 (Price 5-8, Selvy 2-3, White 1-2, McGhee 1-3, Ere 1-5, Detrick 0-1). Fouled out-Gage, Brown. Rebounds-Missouri 26 (Bryant 5), Oklahoma 43 (Brown, Ere 9). Assists-Missouri 15 (Stokes 5), Oklahoma 19 (White 6). Total fouls-Missouri 19, Oklahoma 20. A-11,409.
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