Texas Tech Knocks Off Oklahoma, 68-60|
Jordan Tolbert recorded seven points, six rebounds and three steals in Texas Tech's upset.
February 12, 2014
NORMAN, Okla. - Robert Turner scored 16 points to help Texas Tech defeat Oklahoma 68-60 on Wednesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The win marked the third time this season the Red Raiders have upended a team ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Texas Tech topped then No. 13 Baylor on Jan. 15, No. 19 Oklahoma State on Feb. 8 and No. 25 Oklahoma. The last time the Red Raiders topped three USA Today Coaches Poll Top 25 teams was in 2008, when Texas Tech took down No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 22 Kansas State and No. 5 Texas.
Jaye Crockett and Dusty Hannahs each scored 10 points for the Red Raiders (13-11, 5-6 Big 12), who nearly squandered a 20-point lead in the second half but held on for their third straight win. The Red Raiders in their first game since the incident between Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart shoving Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr, held Oklahoma to its lowest point total of the season. Oklahoma won the first meeting 74-65 in Lubbock, Texas.
Cameron Clark scored 16 points, Isaiah Cousins added 12 and Je'lon Hornbeak scored all nine of his points in the second half for the Sooners (18-7, 7-5). Oklahoma, which dropped out of the Top 25 this week, now has lost three of four.
Clark, who had been in a bit of a shooting slump for much of the Big 12 season, scored Oklahoma's first 10 points. The first player other than Clark to score for Oklahoma was Ryan Spangler with 7:56 left in the first half.
Texas Tech's ability to shut the rest of the Sooners down helped the Red Raiders take a 20-10 lead on a dunk by Turner.
Clark committed his second foul with 6:55 left in the first half and Spangler committed his second with 5:45 left before the break, forcing both to the bench. Texas Tech took advantage and increased its lead to 37-21 at the break. The Sooners shot 28 percent from the field and committed 11 turnovers in their lowest-scoring half of the season.
Texas Tech extended its lead in the early minutes of the second half. Three-pointers by Toddrick Gotcher and Turner helped Tech take a 47-27 lead with 16:42 remaining.
Frank Booker's 3 cut Tech's lead to 13, and a fast-break layup by Hornbeak made it 49-38 and led to a timeout by Texas Tech.
Back-to-back three-point plays by Hornbeak and Cousins trimmed Tech's lead to 51-46, and Hornbeak scored again to make it a three-point game. Texas Tech withstood the Sooners' surge and held on.