Oklahoma 134, Colorado 84
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Last week, Coach Billy Tubbs of fourth-ranked Oklahoma said the Big Eight Conference race wouldn’t be over until 12th man Jason Skurcenski got into a game.
Now it’s official.
Skurcenski, a sophomore walk-on who hadn’y left the bench in the previous eight games, played the final 2:17 of Oklahoma’s 134-84 victory over Colorado on Saturday as the fourth-ranked Sooners clinched at least a tie for the Big Eight regular-season title.
″We’re in good shape,″ Tubbs said. ″We’re in good shape.″
That they are. The Sooners secured at least a tie for the Big Eight title as they improved to 11-1 in league play. Overall, Oklahoma is 26-2 and has won 12 consecutive games.
″We’re two games up with two to play. It’s important to us to take care of our business,″ said Tubbs, whose team lost won a conference title in 1985.
Stacey King led six players in double figures for the Sooners with 29 points as Oklahoma continued its record-breaking scoring pace against the Buffaloes, 7-18 and 3-9.
The 134 points were the most ever a Big Eight opponent scored against a Colorado team, eclipsing the previous high of 119 set by Iowa State in 1975. The total also broke the conference record for points scored against a Big Eight opponent; Oklahoma held the previous record of 133, set against Nebraska last season.
Also, their 71 first-half points tied the Sooners’ conference record for points scored in one half against a Big Eight team. They had done the same in that Nebraska game a year ago.
Oklahoma’s 30 first-half field goals and 56 total field goals were the most ever scored by a Big Eight team against another conference opponent.
King scored 29 points and also blocked seven shots to become the Big Eight’s single-season leader in blocked shots. King has 86 on the year, four more than Wayman Tisdale had in the 1982-83 season.
″Oklahoma is the most explosive team I have ever seen,″ said Colorado Coach Tom Miller. ″They are hard to measure; they give up points almost to score more themselves.″
Every Sooner player scored at least a point - Skurcenski capped things with a free throws 11 seconds from the end. Harvey Grant followed King with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Mookie Blaylock and Andre Wiley had 15 points, Dave Sieger 12 and Ricky Grace 10.
″They do everything well, and they shoot the hell out of the ball,″ said Miller. ″We’re out there firing blanks and they’re off to the races.″
Oklahoma shot 58 percent from the floor and also took advantage of 26 Colorado turnovers. Colorado shot just 41 percent.
″All in all, I thought we played pretty well,″ Tubbs said. ″We shot it pretty good from everywhere except 3-point range (Oklahoma was 6-of-17).
″They happened to catch us at a time wher we’re really rolling,″ he said.
The bright spot for Colorado was Scott Wilke, who scored 23 points and set a school record with his 45th consecutive double-figure game. Wilke also had nine rebounds.
Michael Lee added 16 points for the Buffaloes.