Everett's shot lifts Sooners over A&M

Senior guard Terrell Everett scored the last eight points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left to help Oklahoma improve to 1-2 in BIg 12 play and 10-4 overall. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip

It's a good thing Terrell Everett doesn't give up.

After being benched twice in the second for his play on both ends of the court, the senior from Charleston, S.C. helped Oklahoma claim their first conference win with a game-winning 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds left in OU's 45-44 win over Texas A&M Saturday in College Station.

"Acie Law went under the screen so I stepped back and took the three and it fell for me," said Everett on his game-winner.

"This was a very important game for us," said OU head coach Kelvin Sampson, who improved to 19-1 against the Aggies. "Not just because we avoided going 0-3, but it is good to win and then have a week off to practice.

"We could easily be 3-0, that is the Big 12. You are not always as good as you play, but you are never as bad as you play either."

Everett, who led the Sooners with 15 points, scored the final eight points of the game for Oklahoma.

His 3-pointer with 6:52 left in the second half, pushed OU's lead to 40-36. Then, down 44-40, Everett hit a fadeaway jumper from the free throw line to cut A&M's lead to two with 28 seconds left.

The Sooners then fouled A&M forward Marlon Pompey with 18 seconds left. Pompey missed the front end of a one-and-one, which was rebounded by Kevin Bookout and eventually placed into the hands of Everett for the eventual game-winner. 12 seconds later.

The Aggies had one last chance after Everett's shot, but big man Joseph Jones couldn't convert a layup down the middle of the lane after dribbling the lenght of the court in the final seconds.

The win will help erase the memory of OU's first-half performance, in which they hit just five shots and scored only 17 points while committing 14 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

To make matters worse, the Sooners were just 8-for-18 from the free throw line for the game.

However, it's a good thing the Aggies were just as bad as the Sooners. A&M scored just 22 points in each half while being held to 37 percent shooting at home, where they were 11-0 this season prior to today's game.

But the Sooners did improve in the second half while the Aggies continued to struggle. In all, the Sooners took nine more shots and made five more field goals en route to shooting 45.8 percent in the final 20 minutes.

Oklahoma also did a good job holding down A&M big man Joseph Jones. Jones came into the game averaging just over 16 points a game, but was held to seven points and five rebounds.

"Tough loss," said A&M head coach Billy Gillispie. "We were really bad on offense. We have to credit their defense. Both teams played hard enough to win. Not a great deal of offense on either side. Again you have to credit the defense."

Joining Everett in double figures for the Sooners was Taj Gray, who added 13. Bookout only scored six points, but pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

With the win the Sooners, now 1-2 in Big 12 play, improve to 10-4 overall. Texas A&M falls to 1-2 in conference action and 11-3 overall.

Oklahoma will return to the court next Saturday for a 12 p.m. matchup against Texas Tech at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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