Saturday , Feb , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Gray boosts Sooners to another one-point win

=== Gray boosts Sooners to another one-point win ===

Norman, OK (Sports Network) – Taj Gray scored 23 points as 22nd-ranked
Oklahoma held off Kansas State, 71-70, at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Michael Neal netted 15 points for the Sooners (19-6, 10-4 Big 12), who have
won three straight games by one point as well as five of their last six games
overall. Terrell Everett notched 12 points and 10 assists. Neal shot 3-of-9
from beyond the arc, but had a streak of four straight games with at least
five 3-pointers snapped.

Cartier Martin scored 26 points for the Wildcats (14-11, 5-9), who have lost
four of their last five games. David Hoskins scored 17 points, and Mario
Taybron matched his career-high of 12 points. Akeem Wright grabbed 10 rebounds
for Kansas State.

Gray hit a turnaround jumper with 1:15 left. Bookout then blocked a shot by
Hoskins with 55 seconds on the clock and preserved Oklahoma’s one-point lead.
Everett missed a jumper with about 20 seconds left, and Wright grabbed the
rebound before KSU called timeout with 10.6 seconds left.

Hoskins barely got off a leaner in the lane, as Gray managed to partially
block the shot. Dramane Diarra had a chance to put back the offensive rebound
but fell short at the buzzer, as Oklahoma hung onto the victory.

The two squads stayed close throughout the game, as the Sooners edged out a
38-37 lead at halftime.

Kansas State shot 28-of-58 (48.3 percent) from the floor compared to 25-of-51
(49 percent) by Oklahoma.

The Wildcats outrebounded the Sooners 31-27. Oklahoma outscored Kansas State
23-12 in points off turnovers.
Game Notes

Oklahoma owns a 101-87 all-time record against Kansas State and is 58-23 in
Norman…The Sooners are 11-4 against the Wildcats under Kelvin Sampson and
boast…OU has won eight straight games in the series, including the last five
in Norman. Kansas State last won in Norman on Jan. 20, 1996 (70-65)…The
Sooners pulled off a thrilling win last year as Drew Lavender’s six-foot left-
handed bank shot in traffic at the buzzer gave them a 69-68 victory…Kansas
State coach Jim Woolridge is 0-7 against Oklahoma…Kansas State is 14-4 when
holding opponents below 70 points, but 0-7 when its opponent scores 70-plus
points. The Wildcats are 1-26 in their last 27 games when opponents score more
than 70 points…Oklahoma has won 30 of its last 32 home games and 78 of its
last 84.