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Oklahoma vs Texas Tech

Oklahoma 74, Texas Tech 65

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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Oklahoma coach Lon Krueger finally saw a full game from his No. 25 Sooners.

They held off Texas Tech 74-65 on Saturday.

"I thought our guys played really hard and maybe for 40 minutes as consistently solid basketball as we've done all year," he said. "This group is growing. I told them in the locker room afterward, the progress we've made since the TCU game on Wednesday is the biggest step that we've taken."

Buddy Hield scored 18 points, 12 on 3-pointers, Cameron Clark added 17 points and Jordan Woodard had 15 to lead the Sooners (16-4, 5-2 Big 12).

Woodard believes he's repaying the coaching staff for their confidence in him.

"They want me to have more control from the point guard spot in the game, especially on the road," he said. "I just want to be there for my teammates and my teammates put us in a position to win."

Ryan Spangler had 10 of Oklahoma's 28 rebounds. Hield was 4 of 7 from beyond the arc and Clark was 8 of 12 from the field.

The Sooners got 14 points off Texas Tech's 11 turnovers; the Red Raiders got just three points off Oklahoma's seven turnovers.

Oklahoma never trailed but allowed the Red Raiders to pull within 56-52 late in the second half. But Texas Tech missed four free throws down the stretch that could have made it tighter, while the Sooners hit 5 of their last 6 from the line to seal the win.

"They challenged us the entire second half and they were right there coming back," Krueger said. "Cam bounced back and had a good ball game. Ryan did what he always does. A lot of guys played well and it took that."

Jordan Tolbert and Jaye Crockett scored 14 points each for the Red Raiders (10-10, 2-5).

Woodard hit all three of his 3-point attempts and had eight assists.

Texas Tech finished the game shooting 42 percent (24 of 57) from the field while Oklahoma hit exactly half of its 54 shots.

"They out-coached and out-maneuvered us and we got beat again tonight," Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. "It was disappointing. I was discouraged. I don't know if the efforts there, it just doesn't seem to be the same smooth synchronized movements that we need."

Texas Tech had the edge on the boards, 33-28. The Red Raiders had 20 defensive rebounds to just six for the Sooners.

The Sooners went up 47-34 after Hield put back a missed layup by Cameron with 16:04 remaining. But 3 minutes later Texas Tech, as part of a 13-5 run, pulled within 47-42 after a layup by Alex Foster, a 3 from Tolbert and a break-away layup and free throw by Dusty Hannahs.

Oklahoma went up 56-48 with 7:55 remaining on two free throws each by Tyler Neal, and Je'lon Hornbeak, and a jumper by Cameron.

Crockett got three straight baskets, including a jumper, a layup and a dunk on an alley-oop assist from Hannahs, to whittle the deficit to 59-54 with 5:33 remaining.

But missed free throws kept the Red Raiders from pulling closer late. Todderick Gotcher and Robert Turner missed one each and Tolbert missed two. As a team they went 13 for 20 from the line.

"We had some chances to maybe cut it and get it closer," Smith said. "We've been a pretty good free throw shooting team for the most part but today we missed some in the second half. We need those, we needed every basket, especially when we're struggling and not taking care of the ball and we get a free shot. You got to make it."

Oklahoma, meanwhile, hit all six of its free throws in the last 3 1-2 minutes.

The Sooners got 10 points off six Texas Tech turnovers and kept the Red Raiders from making a field goal for about 5 minutes late in the first half to take a 38-29 halftime lead.

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Oklahoma #25 (16-4) «383674
Texas Tech (10-10)293665
OKLA:B. Hield 18 Pts
OKLA:R. Spangler 10 Reb
OKLA:J. Woodard 8 Ast
TXTECH:J. Crockett 14 Pts
TXTECH:A. Foster 8 Reb
TXTECH:T. Gotcher 2 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
OklahomaTexas Tech
OKLA
Jordan Woodard
TXTECH
Jordan Tolbert
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
15381441
Oklahoma Sooners
B. Hield, G347-110-041218
R. Spangler, F332-63-410137
J. Woodard, G325-92-338115
I. Cousins, G282-63-41127
C. Clark, G278-121-230417
T. Neal, F162-42-22106
J. Hornbeak, G150-12-20112
F. Booker, G120-40-01140
D. Bennett, F31-10-01002
J. Fraschilla, GDid Not Play
C. Cole, FDid Not Play
K. Hamilton, CDid Not Play
D. Harper, GDid Not Play
A. Mankin, FDid Not Play
T. Slate, GDid Not Play
E. Avila, FDid Not Play
Totals 27-5413-1725141774
 50.0%76.5% 
Texas Tech Red Raiders
J. Tolbert, F294-75-741114
J. Crockett, F267-130-020314
T. Gotcher, G260-43-44223
R. Turner, G263-81-20038
D. Kravic, F191-31-15203
D. Hannahs, G243-71-13238
R. Onwuasor, G192-51-21116
A. Foster, F144-80-18028
J. Williams, G130-21-21011
A. Ross, F40-00-01010
L. Adams, GDid Not Play
C. Lammert, FDid Not Play
K. Tapsoba, FDid Not Play
S. Mays, GDid Not Play
P. Strake, FDid Not Play
Totals 24-5713-202981765
 42.1%65.0% 
Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
W. Virginia0-05-020
Oklahoma St.0-04-0252
Texas0-04-044
Baylor0-03-073
TCU0-03-0140
Iowa St.0-02-0167
Kansas St.0-03-1267
Oklahoma0-02-1242
Texas Tech0-02-141
Kansas0-01-1186
 
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FSU 56 Final
DUKE 78
IOWA 76 Final
NW 50
SYR 64 Final
UM 52
UT 74 Final
BAYL 60
UGA 54 Final
UK 79
KSU 75 Final
ISU 81
WVU 75 Final
OKST 81
NOVA 94 Final
MU 85
TENN 41 Final
FLA 67
WISC 72 Final
PUR 58
PITT 83 Final
MD 79
MICH 80 Final
MIST 75
WICH 78 Final
DRKE 61
KAN 91 Final
TCU 69
SDSU 74 Final
UTST 69