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Men's Basketball Drops Road Contest to Oklahoma

Cliff Owens puts up a<BR>tough defense against<BR>Oklahoma Wednesday night.
Cliff Owens puts up a
tough defense against
Oklahoma Wednesday night.

January 6, 1999

Box Score

AP Sports Writer

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Eduardo Najera scored 23 points and Eric Martin had all 12 of his in the second half, helping lead Oklahoma to a 78-68 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

Najera scored seven of Oklahoma's final 10 points while playing with four fouls. The Sooners (11-3, 2-0 Big 12) overcame a sluggish first half by forcing 24 turnovers and playing much better in the second half.

Rayford Young and Andy Ellis scored 17 each for Texas Tech (9-6, 1-1). Stan Bonewitz, who scored 19 in the Red Raiders' victory in Norman a year ago, was held to seven this time.

Najera and Ryan Humphrey had nine points each in the first half, when the Sooners shot just 36 percent and were outrebounded 22-15 but led by one thanks to a 13-2 turnover edge.

A 7-0 run gave the Sooners a 48-40 lead with 13 minutes left in the game. A short time later, Martin made two 3-pointers while scoring 10 straight points to keep the Red Raiders at arm's length.

A drive through the lane by Bonewitz brought Tech to within 55-54 with 9:07 to play, but 3-pointers by Martin and Tim Heskett padded the lead and the Red Raiders got no closer than four the rest of the way.

Humphrey had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Johnson had 14 points and four steals. Cliff Owens had 13 points and six rebounds for the Red Raiders.

Oklahoma scored just six points in the first nine minutes in falling behind 12-6. Then Alex Spaulding hit a 3-pointer in transition and Najera scored four points in an 11-5 run that tied the score, and it stayed close the rest of the way.



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