Late Sooner Rally Not Enough To Catch Texas Tech

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Texas Tech opened up a 20-point lead early in the second half, then withstood a late run by Oklahoma to beat the Sooners 68-60 on Wednesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

The Red Raiders trailed only early in the game, going on a 10-0 run in the first half to open a 20-10 lead, then expanding it to as many as 18 in the first half before leading 37-21 at halftime.

Tech got the lead up to 20 at 47-27 when the Sooners finally got going offensively.

OU went on a 21-4 run, sparked by Isaiah Cousins and Je’lon Hornbeak, to cut the Tech lead to three at 51-48.

Oklahoma never got closer than that, however, as Tech held off the Sooners by hitting 50 percent of their shots from the field in the second half.

OU made just 28 percent from the field in the first half, before warming up to 53 percent in the second half.

Texas Tech’s defense gave Oklahoma problems in the first half, as the Raiders finished with 10 steals and forced 14 OU turnovers for the game.

The Sooners made 6 of 27 from three-point range, and just 6 of 12 at the free throw line.

OU was led by Cameron Clark’s 16 points.

Cousins added 12, with Hornbeak scoring 9.

Buddy Hield had a horrendous shooting night, making just of 1 of 13 from the field, including 1 of 10 from three point range.

Jordan Woodard scored just two points and Ryan Spangler five.

Tech was led by Robert Turner’s 16 points.

OU drops to 18-7 overall, 7-5 in the Big 12.

The Sooners visit Oklahoma State for the second Bedlam meeting of the year at 1:00 Saturday in Stillwater.