Red Raiders Top Sooners, 65-47
Robert Lewandowski chipped in 16 points on the night against the Sooners.
Feb. 11, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Javarez Willis scored a career-high 21 points and Robert Lewandowski had 16 to lead Texas Tech over Oklahoma 65-47 on Saturday night, giving the Red Raiders their first Big 12 win.
Texas Tech (8-16, 1-11) ended an 11-game losing streak. The Red Raiders never trailed in the second half and used a 17-5 run, with Lewandowski getting 12 of the points, to go up 51-37 with about seven minutes remaining.
Oklahoma (13-11, 3-9) lost its fourth straight.
The Sooners didn't shoot like a team that ranks third in the Big 12 in 3-pointers. Sam Groom hit the team's first shot from behind the arc with 4:42 remaining.
Andrew Fitzgerald scored 14 points to lead Oklahoma. The Sooners' leading scorer, Steven Pledger, had just four points, far below his 17.8-point average.
The win ended Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie's longest losing streak. Gillispie lost eight straight in his first year at UTEP in 2003.
SPOTLIGHT ON: Javarez "Bean" Willis
Javarez Willis had a career game Saturday night. Coming off of an ankle injury in the opening minutes against Kansas State Tuesday night, the sophomore scored a career-high 21 points against the Oklahoma Sooners in Lubbock, Tex. Willis did not let the nagging injury get into his head against OU, and did as much as he could during the week to get back on track.
"I did treatment as much as I could, and I didn't really worry about it," said Willis after the 65-47 victory.
Red Raiders head coach Billy Gillispie credited the Homer, La.'s commitment.
"They said there was no way he's going to be able to play tonight. But he spent every single second he had from Tuesday night until today getting better," Gillispie said. "When he wasn't in class or in study hall, he's just in there trying to get ready to play, and that shows his commitment."
Willis said his ankle starting bugging him during halftime, and in response, he kept it loosened up in the locker room.
The guard was 2-of-4 behind the 3-point arc, and was 8-of-12 over-all, making his field goal percentage 66.6 percent.
Willis knew he had to battle through the injury to get the win for his team.
"I just felt like the team needed me. It's a sacrifice. Whatever I have to do to help my team win, that's exactly what I'm going to do. If I had worried about my ankle, then I could defend like I was supposed to.
"I just have it in my mind where if I get hurt for the team, then that's good. I'm still going to go out and give 110 percent," said Willis.
Gillispie commended "Bean" on the effort he gave over the injury.
"He wanted to play and he probably played his best game as a collegian," Gillispie said.
- Alexandra Ellis / Texas Tech Athletics Communications