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Sooners rely on defense to beat UALR 60-44

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Abi Olajuwon had 19 points and 11 rebounds and third-seeded Oklahoma made the most of a sloppy first half on both ends to beat Arkansas-Little Rock 60-44 Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The Sooners (25-10) closed a ragged first half with an 11-0 run to go up by 15 and never let the 11th-seeded Trojans get back within single digits to complete their stingiest defensive performance of the season.

The teams evenly split a combined 30 turnovers in the first half, but the Sooners were able to pull ahead by shooting 50 percent shooting and holding the Trojans (27-7) scoreless for more than 6 minutes.

Chastity Reed, the nation's fourth-leading scorer, had 20 points to lead UALR as it went for back-to-back wins in its NCAA tournament debut.

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