NORMAN, Okla. – Justin Gray registered his second career 20-point performance, but No. 1 Oklahoma dealt the Texas Tech men’s basketball team a 91-67 defeat Tuesday at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Red Raiders (12-7, 2-6 Big 12) were limited to a season-low 32.4 shooting performance as Oklahoma (17-2, 6-2 Big 12) collected 14 blocks and countered with a 52.6 field goal clip fueled by 12 treys.
“I was very impressed with Oklahoma,” Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith said. “They’re certainly very deserving of their number one ranking. They’re shooting the ball well and playing with a lot of confidence. But I was also proud of how our guys competed. We ran into a team that just shot the lights out, and we couldn’t keep up. We knew going in that we had to play a perfect game, a flawless game, to have a chance to compete, and we didn’t”
For Gray, he secured 12 of his team-leading 20 points during the opening half. He was 7-of-14 from the floor and connected on 5-of-6 at the free throw line. Gray has amassed 10-plus points in six of his last seven outings and pulled down five of his seven rebounds on the offensive end.
Devaugntah Williams dialed up 12 points courtesy of four three-pointers. It was his team-leading 13th game in double figures.
Matthew Temple provided career-bests with 11 points and four rebounds, while Zach Smith came away with six points and hauled down a career-high tying 14 rebounds.
Toddrick Gotcher chipped in seven points, and Keenan Evans added two points coupled with four assists. Aaron Ross notched four points and three rebounds for the Red Raiders. For Ross, he had his career-long streak of four consecutive games in double figures come to a close.
Texas Tech was 24-of-74 from the field, 9-of-26 from three-point territory and 10-of-14 at the free throw line. The Red Raiders racked up 21 offensive rebounds which turned into 27 of the game’s 38 second-chance points. Tech’s bench also worked its way to a 29-8 scoring advantage and has piled up 115 points over its last three games.
The Sooners totaled a 30-for-57 shooting effort and knocked down 12 of their 23 three-point attempts. Oklahoma was 19-for-25 from the charity stripe.
Buddy Hield complied a solid all-around effort with 30 points, six rebounds and three assists. He was an efficient 9-of-12 shooting and fired in five triples. Isaiah Cousins tallied 19 points followed by Jordan Woodard’s 15 points and four assists. Ryan Spangler pumped in 13 points and seven rebounds for OU.
“They have so many players who can score,” Smith said. “You can’t afford to double or help off of any of them because that creates problems,” Smith said. They have a rim protector like Khadeem Lattin that makes a big difference. It was an excellent move by Coach Kruger to put Jordan Woodard at the shooting guard. He’s lighting it up as well. They play long and were intimidating on the offensive and defensive end. That’s what makes them a good team.”
Texas Tech held an 8-6 advantage at the 16:04 mark of the opening half after back-to-back buckets from Temple. He knocked down a midrange jumper on the left elbow off the glass and followed a Williams miss for a layup.
The Sooners responded with 25 of the next 34 points over a 7:39 span. Oklahoma connected on 11 of its 14 field goals during the spurt. The trio of Hield, Spangler and Woodard did the heavy lifting with 21 of the points ignited by a trio of Hield three-pointers. The last Hield triple made it 31-17 with 8:11 left.
OU opened up its largest lead of the first half at 49-33 on Hield’s fourth three-ball inside the final minute. Tech responded with a Williams transition trey. Out of a timeout, a driving Evans dished off to Gray for a traditional three-point play off a layup and a foul to pull the Red Raiders back to within 49-39 going into the locker room.
Texas Tech got as close as 51-42 on a Temple foul shot with 18:03 remaining. The Sooners put together 20 of the next 30 points over the next nine minutes to tuck the game away. Two Hield free throws capped the flurry and gave Oklahoma a 71-52 advantage at the 9:27 mark.
The Sooners relied on Hield and Cousins during the second 20 minutes. The duo combined for 26 points and hit nine of their 11 shots. The 91 points marked the fifth time that OU has broken the 90-point barrier on the season and also is the highest total allowed by the Red Raiders this season.
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