Oklahoma broke the 100-point mark in its last three games, all easy wins over teams the Sooners should have beaten easily.
On Friday night, No. 22 Oklahoma fell well short of 100 points but came up with a very impressive 72-56 victory over No. 2 Maryland.
"This one's special because I know how good Maryland is," Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson said. "This is certainly one of the best defensive performances we've had."
Oklahoma (9-1) won its eighth straight by holding the Terrapins (8-2) to 38 percent shooting, forced them into a season-high 21 turnovers and held Juan Dixon to just 11 points.
"They outworked us tonight," Maryland guard Steve Blake said after his team's eight-game winning streak was snapped. "We didn't execute the way we can. They played well and we didn't."
In other games involving ranked teams Friday, it was: No. 10 Boston College 76, Arkansas State 70; Georgia State 95, No. 15 Saint Joseph's 90; No. 23 Alabama 90, Alabama A&M 54; No. 24 Gonzaga 105, Eastern Oregon 45; and No. 25 Cincinnati 90, Mississippi State 56.
Ebi Ere scored 19 points and Aaron McGhee had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma, while Jabahri Brown, a 6-foot-10 transfer from Florida International who only became eligible last weekend, had 14 rebounds, 11 on the defensive end.
"This is a great feeling," Brown said. "This is why I came to Oklahoma, to be in situations like this."
The Terps made it 52-49 with 7:17 left, but didn't make another field goal for six minutes. Meanwhile, Oklahoma went on a 10-0 run that gave it a 13-point lead with four minutes left and the Terps got no closer than 12 after that.
Maryland was coming off a 10-day break for final exams, but coach Gary Williams said the layoff had nothing to do with Oklahoma's rebounding dominance in the second half when the Sooners broke the game open.
"It might affect your ballhandling, your shooting, but in terms of the intensity level, I thought Oklahoma took it to us in the second half," he said. "That's one of those things that happens in college basketball -- you don't always play the games when you'd like to play them. But that's not a reason to lose the game."
Troy Bell scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as the Boston College Eagles (10-1) rallied from their first loss of the season with the win in the consolation bracket of the Rainbow Classic.
Kenny Walls added 18 points for Boston College, which was upset by Miami of Ohio on Thursday.
Jason Jennings had 19 points for the Indians (7-5), who lost leading scorer Nick Rivers to a broken leg in the first half.
Thomas Terrell scored 36 points, and Nate Williams had 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead George State (6-3) to their first-ever win over a ranked team. Georgia will play College of Charleston on Saturday night in the title game of the Hardee's Tournament of Champions.
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