Men's Hoops Falls to Sooners
January 30, 1999
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech men's basketball team suffered their worst home loss of the season Saturday at the Coliseum, falling to Oklahoma 72-54. The hot-shooting of OU's Eric Martin and Ryan Humphrey helped the Sooners to a 13 point halftime lead from which they never looked back.
The win moves Oklahoma to 14-7 overall (5-3 in Big 12). The Red Raiders fall to 10-11 overall (2-6 in Big 12). The loss is the fourth straight for Texas Tech.
Martin led the Sooners with 26 points including five 3-pointers and Humphrey had 15 points on 5-6 shooting. Eduardo Najera added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Rayford Young's 16 points led the Red Raiders. Cliff Owens (10 points) was the only other Tech player in double figures. Andy Ellis and Jevon Banks came off the bench to score 8 points apiece. James Ware and Ellis each had 5 rebounds.
For the game, OU shot .448 to Tech's .389 and outrebounded the Red Raiders 39-32.
Oklahoma 72 Texas Tech 54
Texas Tech's Cliff Owens reached ouble figures in scoring for the first time since the Kansas State game.
Texas Tech's Brodney Kennard extended his streak to 10 games with a blocked shot.
The game was Texas Tech's worst home loss since the Oklahoma State game.
Quoting Texas Tech head coach James Dickey
"OU came in and did a good job. We got stagnant offensively and missed a lot of easy shots. I thought we played harder in the second half but unfortunately we dug a hole in the first. There were a few possessions where we didnt excecute and that put us in a hole that we couldnt get out of. At one time, we missed six free throws and eliminated our comeback. You cant miss free throws and expect to win. You have to credit Oklahoma. They played hard and took care of things on the offensive end. We have got to play well 40 minutes a game. We have to have guys who will step up and be accountable for how they play. That, more than anything, will help our consistency."
Quoting Texas Tech guard Rayford Young
"We just dont have a lot of guys going to the basket. We are just standing around looking at each other. We had to find a way to be consistent inside and out. The last two years, our outside game has been on and off. We just need point production down low. Johnnie (Phillips) is learning and doing a good job. We need baskets now."
Quoting Texas Tech forward Cliff Owens
"All five guys on the floor are waiting for somebody to take charge. We were stagnent offensively and kept waiting for somebody to hit a big shot. We didnt do a good job of getting our guards the ball and we sure didnt execute on offense."
Quoting Oklahoma head coach Kelvin Sampson
"I am happy for our kids. This is a game we needed to win for a smorgasbord of reasons. Not just to get back in the conference race. We have been stuck at 13 for a very long time. My hat is off to the team. We are struggling in certain areas but their attention to detail was excellent tonight i.e. rebounding and shooting. We are proud of this win and have to go from here."