No. 13 Oklahoma stymies James Madison, 64-61 Misses at line foil Dukes' upset bid

January 06, 1991|By Sam Davis | Sam Davis,Sun Staff Correspondent

LANDOVER -- James Madison did all the things it had to defensively to upset No. 13 Oklahoma, but missed free throws were costly as the Sooners held off the Dukes, 64-61, last night at the Capital Centre.

James Madison limited Oklahoma's normally high-powered offense to its lowest point total and field-goal percentage of the season in the first game of a college doubleheader.

Georgetown and Seton Hall met in the second game.

James Madison (5-6) made only 15 of 25 free throws. The two costliest misses came with 58.9 seconds left and Oklahoma clinging to a 62-61 lead.

Junior center Chancellor Nichols front-rimmed both ends of a one-and-one. Then, with 10 seconds left, Jeff Webster gave the Sooners some breathing room when he tapped in a missed shot to make it 64-61.

Kenny Brooks' three-point attempt for the Dukes was wide left as time expired.

"We gained confidence playing with a good team until the end, but if we had made our foul shots, we would have won," said James Madison coach Lefty Driesell, whose team was coming off an 89-65 loss to No. 1 Nevada-Las Vegas on Wednesday.

"I thought we outplayed them [the Sooners]; we just didn't make our foul shots. I hate to lose a game because of free throws. Hell, I can make free throws."

Webster led Oklahoma (11-2) with 24 points, and guard Terrence Mullins had 12.

The Sooners made just 35 percent (24-for-68) of their field-goal attempts. The team's previous low this season was 41.5 percent against Coppin State on Dec. 10.

James Madison used an aggressive man-to-man defense to limit the Sooners to 24 percent (9-for-37) shooting in the first half, as the Dukes built a 31-26 halftime lead.

The 26 points was also a season-low for one half for the Sooners.

But in the second half, Webster took control inside against the smaller Dukes and the Oklahoma offense began to resemble that of the team that came into the game with a 113-points-per-game average.

Webster, who hit just one of four field goals in the first half, connected on 10 of 13 in the second half.

"We made the adjustments we needed to make at halftime, and we were in a little better control," said Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs. "Jeff Webster had an outstanding game. He was the only thing we had going in the second half."

James Madison nearly shut down Sooners point guard Brent Price and forward Kermit Holmes, both of whom were averaging more than 20 points.

Price finished with two points and hit just one of nine field-goal attempts. Holmes made one of five shots from the field and finished with four points.

Steve Hood led James Madison with 20 points, although the senior guard also had a poor shooting day, hitting just five of 14 field-goal tries and 10 of 15 free throws.

Tubbs credited Mullins, a senior, with slowing Hood, who scored 36 in JMU's 142-109 loss to the Sooners last season.

"Terrence Mullins had a good game," Tubbs said. "Not only in scoring for us, but I thought he [also] did about as good a job as you can do on Hood. I think he was 5-for-14, and I think he's a much better shooter than that. Normally he's a better free-throw shooter than 10-for-15."

Hood said: "We should have won the game. We turned the ball over too much [21 times] and missed too many free throws at the end."

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