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Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2003 11:36 PM EST
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(5) Oklahoma 76, Nebraska 51
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NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- Fifth-ranked Oklahoma now has one more obstacle in its quest for another perfect season at home.

Hollis Price scored 20 points and freshman De'Angelo Alexander added 15 and seven rebounds as the Sooners steamrolled Big 12 foe Nebraska, 76-51, for their 37th straight home victory.

Jabahri Brown scored 14 points while Ebi Ere and freshman Kevin Bookout each scored 10 for Oklahoma (21-5, 12-3 Big 12), which broke open a 12-12 game midway through the first half with a 26-6 run and never looked back.

"We wanted to push the ball in transition and that's what we did toward the end of the first half," Price said.

The victory earned Oklahoma a first-round bye in the conference tournament and leaves it a game behind first-place Kansas. The Jayhawks would have to lose their season finale while the Sooners post a victory over No. 4 Texas on Saturday for Oklahoma to share the title.

Oklahoma will try to avenge a 67-61 loss suffered at Texas on February 10.

"They beat us, and we don't want those guys to sweep us, so we're just going to come out and play them really hard," Price said.

With the score tied at 12-12 after a dozen lethargic minutes, Alexander hit two free throws to touch off a 9-0 spurt. The burst was part of a 26-6 run paced by Price's eight points that the Sooners took into the locker room.

"He (Price) is nothing more than a sneeze, but he plays so big," Nebraska coach Barry Collier said. "His play throws dirt in the face of anybody who thinks you have to be a giant to be good in this game. He's a giant in his play."

After hitting its final seven shots in the first half, Oklahoma came out of the locker room and sank six straight from the field to build a 52-20 cushion.

"I liked how we played the last 10 minutes of the first half and the first six minutes of the second half," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said.

Brown grabbed eight rebounds and Quannas White dished out 10 assists for Oklahoma, which held a 40-36 rebounding edge and shot 43 percent (27-of-62).

The Sooners won the battle from the arc, hitting 8-of-19 3-pointers while the Cornhuskers missed all but one of 12 attempts.

Price went 4-of-5 from 3-point range, improving to 51 percent (51-of-100) from behind the arc in conference play.

Andrew Drevo scored 24 points for Nebraska (11-17, 3-12), which fell to 0-10 on the road and lost its fourth straight to the Sooners.

Without Drevo's 11-of-17 performance from the field, Nebraska shot 29 percent (10-of-34). Drevo's solid game lifted the Huskers to 40 percent (21-of-53).


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