OU ends losing streak with 83-60 rout of Nebraska

Nebraska guard Jake Muhleisen, right, is guarded by Oklahoma forward Taj Gray, left, and guard Terrell Everett, rear, in the first half of the Sooners' 83-60 win Wednesday night in Norman. Everett led the Sooners with a team-high 18 point. With the win, OU ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 7-4 in Big 12 play. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN, Okla. — The streak is over.

Terrell Everett scored 18 points and three other Sooners reached double figures as No. 21 Oklahoma ended their three-game losing streak with an 83-60 win over Nebraska Wednesday night in Norman.

Using a new-look starting line-up that included Everett at point guard and freshman David Godbold instead of Drew Lavender, OU jumped out to a 40-20 halftime lead and never looked back.

"I like the starting line-up we started tonight," said OU head coach Kelvin Sampson, whose team recorded 17 steals and forced 26 Nebraska turnovers. "I thought it gave us a lot of energy early.

"With the way the line-up I had been going with, I just didn't think they were bringing enough energy early. Hopefully, the changes we made tonight shake us up and get us going a little bit."

Lavender, who didn't start for only the second time this season, sparked the Sooners off the bench in the first half with five steals in 11 minutes.

The junior from Columbus, Ohio hit a 3-pointer that helped push the Sooners' lead to 21-15 and ignite a 22-5 run over the last 10:27 of the first half.

"The guy I was pleased with tonight and who I thought really responded well was Drew Lavender off the bench," said Sampson on Lavender, who scored eight of his 10 points in Sooners' run over the final 10 minutes of the first half. "I thought Drew was really good."

Joining Lavender and Everett in double figures was Kevin Bookout and Jaison Williams with 10 points apiece. Bookout also added a team-high six rebounds.

Everett, who handled the point guard duties with Lavender on the bench to start the game, was sensational from start to finish. In addition to his team-high 18 points, the junior from South Carolina recorded two steals and dished six assists, including one highlight-reel pass off the backboard to Taj Gray for a dunk, and no turnovers in 32 minutes.

"I thought Terrell did a good job of getting into the creases and attacking with penetration," said Sampson. "He also did good rebounding and getting to the foul line."

Speaking of the foul line, the Sooners were there often and actually pleased their head coach hitting 20 of their 25 attempts.

"Sometimes you work so hard on free throws maybe it kicks in later," Sampson said. "We've been shooting them well in practice and then we couldn't make them in games. But now, hopefully this will be a trend. Our coaches are doing a good job of getting the kids in the gym and shooting. Their confidence is showing."

In all, the Sooners shot 51.8 percent from the field (29-56) en route to breaking the 80-point mark for just the second time in their last 11 games. The 23-point marging of victory marked the Cornhuskers' worst defeat of the season.

"We didn't change our offense tonight, what we did was change how we run it," said Sampson. "Basketball is a game you play on the balls of your feet and attack and go forward. I thought we really attacked tonight."

Up next for Oklahoma, who improved to 7-4 in Big 12 play and 18-6 overall with the win, is another crucial road game Saturday at Kansas State. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

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