The Texas Tech Red Raiders continued their recent roll tonight, knocking off the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners 65-63 in Lubbock earlier tonight. Forward Aaron Ross led with 17 points off the bench and Texas Tech’s strong defense ruled the roost in what was very much a back-and-forth game from start to finish.
Regarding the usually dominant Oklahoma, the Sooners’ shots were simply not falling tonight. Star guard Buddy Hield was held to 16 points on 6 of 16 shooting and wasn’t even Oklahoma’s leading scorer, as Jordan Woodard had 25 points. Oklahoma also shot just 38 percent from the field and 26 percent from three-point land.
Oklahoma also committed 11 turnovers and it was a big on that swayed the game. With just over two minutes remaining, Isaiah Cousins had the ball stolen from him by Texas Tech’s Keenan Evans, who then sunk a layup to put the Red Raiders up 62-61. Hield then missed a shot shortly afterward and Texas Tech rode free throws to its third straight victory.
Texas Tech (16-9, 6-7 Big 12) will look to make it four in a row when it visits Oklahoma State this weekend, while Oklahoma (20-5, 8-5 Big 12) has now lost three of its last four and will look to right the ship against West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday.
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