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Updated: Saturday, November 23, 2002 8:05 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(3) Oklahoma 82, Princeton 63
PRINCETON TIGERS
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NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- Ebi Ere overshadowed preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Hollis Price for the second straight game.

Ere scored 27 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists to lead third-ranked Oklahoma to an 82-63 victory over Princeton in the Sooner Invitational.

Last season's Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Ere scored Oklahoma's first nine points and also finished with two steals and a blocked shot. He is averaging 21.7 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Jabahri Brown added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Sooners (2-1), who won their 23rd consecutive game at home.

Price had another tough shooting night. After making just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc in Friday's victory over Cal-Irvine, Price was 3-of-9 from the field but made 6-of-6 from the free throw line en route to 13 points.

The Sooners had minimal trouble with Princeton's famed motion offense and led, 44-29, at halftime. They shot 53.6 percent (30-of-56) and outrebounded Princeton, 34-24.

Andre Logan led the Tigers (1-1) with 16 points and Spencer Gloger contributed 14. Will Venable chipped in 11 and Judson Wallace had 10.

Ere ignited a 15-0 run with a jumper as Oklahoma took a 22-9 lead midway through the first half.

Logon nailed a 3-pointer and Venable drove for a basket to pull Princeton within 30-23 with five minutes remaining in the first period. But the Sooners ended the half with a 14-6 spurt.

The Tigers never seriously threatened thereafter.

Oklahoma had 21 assists on 30 baskets. The Sooners shot 54 percent (30-of-56) and held a 32-22 rebounding edge.


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