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Oklahoma 93, Georgia 90

December 26, 1987

HONOLULU (AP) _ Oklahoma, which was outscoring opponents by an average of 30 points a game, finally had a close call at the Chaminade Christmas Classic.

The 12th-ranked Sooners failed to score 100 points for only the third time this season Friday night, but they still scored enough to beat Georgia 93-90 and improve their record to 10-0.

″We were worried from the beginning,″ Oklahoma Coach Billy Tubbs said. ″We knew Georgia had a good, solid team. It was a big challenge for us with three starters in foul trouble early, but the bench responded well.″

The Sooners needed two free throws by Mookie Blaylock with four seconds left to clinch the win.

″It was in doubt until the end,″ said Georgia Coach Hugh Durham, whose team fell to 7-4.

In other games at the Chaminade Classic, La Salle beat Dayton 69-66 and Virginia beat Chaminade 66-58.

Oklahoma starters Stacey King and Ricky Grace got into early foul trouble that forced them to the bench midway through the first half. But reserves helped the Sooners rally from a seven-point deficit to take a 46-43 halftime lead.

The Sooners took an eight-point lead midway through the second half, but Georgia then scored nine straight points to take a 79-78 lead with about six minutes left.

The lead changed hands six times before Grace hit a 3-pointer that put Oklahoma ahead for good 91-89. It was Grace’s only basket of the game.

″We expected to be 10-0 at this point, even 37-0 at the end of the season,″ Tubbs said. ″You always plan to win. We’re happy that our expectations have come through so far.″

Blaylock led Oklahoma with 30 points, while Harvey Grant added 26. King, the Sooners’ leading scorer, was held to eight points.

Toney Mack scored a career-high 32 points for Georgia. La Salle 69, Dayton 66

Lionel Simmons scored 26 points to lead La Salle.

Simmons had 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Explorers took a 29-21 halftime lead. Dayton rallied to tie the game three times in the second half, but Rich Tarr’s 3-pointer put La Salle ahead for good 61-58.

Dayton cut the lead to 67-65 with 20 seconds to go, but Tim Legler’s two free throws clinched the win for the Explorers, 8-3.

Dayton, 7-3, was led by Steve Pittman’s 16 points. Virginia 66, Chaminade 58

Richard Morgan scored 20 points as Virginia avenged its shocking 1982 loss to Chaminade. It was the first meeting between the schools since that famous upset of the Ralph Sampson-led squad.

Mel Kennedy added 16 points for the Cavaliers, who improved to 6-5.

Chaminade led 33-32 at halftime, but Virginia opened the second half with an 11-0 spurt to take control of the game.

Arthur King, Peter Schomers and Sam Trusty each scored 15 points for Chaminade, an NAIA school.