Saturday , Jan , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Everett leads Sooners to nail-biter over Texas A&M

=== Everett leads Sooners to nail-biter over Texas A&M ===

College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Terrell Everett scored Oklahoma’s last
10 points, including a game-winning three-pointer with five seconds left,
to lift the 22nd-ranked Sooners past Texas A&M, 45-44, at Reed Arena.

Everett finished with a game-high 15 points and Taj Gray added 13 points, five
rebounds and three blocks for Oklahoma (10-4, 1-2 Big 12), which got back in
the win column after losing its last two games by a combined three points.

“We played tough, we played with great determination,” said Oklahoma head
coach Kelvin Sampson. “This was a very important game for us. Not just because
we avoided going 0-3 (in the Big 12), but it is good to win and then have a
week off to practice.”

Kevin Bookout added six points and 11 rebounds as the Sooners defeated Texas
A&M for the 13 straight game.

Acie Law netted 14 points with three assists for the Aggies (11-3, 1-2), who
have lost three of their last four games after starting the season 10-0. Chris
Walker netted 10 points on 3-of-5 from three-point range in the loss.

“Tough loss. We were really bad on offense,” said Texas A&M head coach Billy
Gilliespie. “We have to credit their defense. Both teams played hard enough to
win. Not a great deal of offense on either side.”

Everett knocked down a three-pointer to put Oklahoma ahead 40-36 with 6:52
remaining, but Walker countered with consecutive conversions from behind the
arc to put Texas A&M ahead 42-40.

The Sooners went cold from the field and, after Michael Neal missed a three-
pointer for Oklahoma, Marlon Pompey hit a jumper to make it a 44-40 game with
33 seconds remaining.

Everett quickly countered with a jumper at the other end to make it a two-
point game.

Pompey missed a free throw after being fouled and Everett knocked down his big
three-pointer with five seconds remaining to give the Sooners a one-point edge
at 45-44.

“Law went under the screen so I stepped back and took the three and it fell
for me,” Everett said.

The Aggies called a timeout but never got a shot off as Oklahoma held on for
the victory.

Earlier in the second, a layup and free throw by Law gave the Aggies a 31-24
edge 3:55 into the half. Oklahoma, though, then scored six of the next eight
points to pull within 33-30.

Then, following a Joseph Jones free throw with 13:28 remaining to make it a
four-point contest, the Sooners used a 7-0 spurt to go ahead 37-34. Everett
capped the spurt with a jumper with 8:05 left, beginning his game-winning
spurt.

Both teams struggled early with each school shooting under 40 percent from the
floor in the opening 20 minutes. Oklahoma saw the worst end of it as they
Sooner’s failed to knock down a shot from the field for a 11:56 span. However,
Oklahoma was able to get to the free throw line and were only down 22-17 at
the half.

The teams exchanged leads throughout the beginning of the first half until
Texas A&M began to slightly pull away.

Up 11-9 after a Law jumper with 7:54 remaining, Gray knocked down two free
throws to tie the contest just over two minutes later. Josh Carter’s three-
pointer then ignited an 8-1 Aggie run that put Texas A&M ahead 19-12 with 2:16
left.

The Sooners netted the next five points to pull within two before Carter
capped the scoring in the half on a trey with three seconds left.

Game Notes

Oklahoma ended the game with an overall 41 percent clip from the floor. Texas
A&M finished at 37 percent…The Aggies held a slight edge in the rebound
column at 31-29…Jones finished with seven points and five rebounds and
Carter added six in the loss…Neal, who missed Oklahoma’s last two games
because of a groin strain, finished with just three points…The Sooners own a
commanding 24-1 advantage in the all-time series…Oklahoma lost to Nebraska
59-58 on January 7 and fell to Missouri 71-69 three days later.

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