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Updated: Sunday, December 1, 2002 1:09 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(8) Oklahoma 75, Prairie View 63
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M PANTHERS
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NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- Prairie View A&M is best known for its record-setting winless season in 1992. But the Panthers put a scare into No. 8 Oklahoma, which pulled away in the final seven minutes for a 75-63 victory.

After trailing 38-31 at the end of a see-saw first half, Prairie View (1-1) opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take the lead. The teams traded baskets until Oklahoma (3-1) went on a 9-0 run of its own to grab a 55-48 lead.

"I didn't like our mentality," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "We didn't attack."

The Panthers clawed back to within two points before the Sooners closed the game with 20 of the last 30 points to wrap up their 25th consecutive home victory.

"They really wore us down and pounded us on the boards," Prairie View coach Jerome Francis said. "I'm really proud of our guys. We've got a lot more basketball to play. I told my guys to keep their heads up and to get ready to play a lot more basketball."

Ebi Ere and Hollis Price led Oklahoma with 16 points apiece. Jabahri Brown scored eight points, below his season average of 11, but led the Sooners with 13 rebounds.

Malachi Thurston had 16 points for Prairie View on 5-of-9 shooting. Rodrick Riley, who scored six, led the Panthers with six rebounds.

"They're a scrappy team," Ere said. "They're tough and they play hard. A lot of teams don't play hard but they played hard and weren't scared of us at all. They tried to take the opportunity and gave us their best shot."

Prairie View stayed in the game with exceptional shooting. The Panthers shot 53 percent (24-of-45) from the field, hitting 56.5 percent (13-of-23) of their shots in the first half and 50 percent (11-of-22) after halftime.

Oklahoma outrebounded Prairie View, 50-25, a total that included 27 offensive rebounds for the Sooners.

"I don't think I've ever had a team that had 27 offensive rebounds," Sampson said. "The flip side is that we missed enough shots to get 27 offensive rebounds."

The Sooners shot 38 percent (29-of-77) from the field.


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