Texas Tech holds off Oklahoma for 88-78 victory

By | February 14, 2018

The No. 7 Texas Tech Red Raiders trailed the No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners by one point at halftime, playing on their home court in the Tuesday-night Top 25 matchup. But a late flourish allowed Texas Tech to pull away, finishing with a 88-78 victory and pushing their overall record to 22-4. The Red Raiders are now 10-3 in the Big 12.

Sooners junior Christian James made a layup to tie the score at 66 with just under seven minutes remaining in the second half, but Texas Tech followed with a 3-pointer from reserve Niem Stevenson to put them ahead 69-66. That put the Red Raiders in the lead for good, with the Sooners drawing within one point of the lead only once.

Stevenson scored nine of his 12 points in the second half, while senior guard Keenan Evans chipped in a game-high 26 for the Red Raiders. He shot 9-for-15 from the floor, including 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Four players for Texas Tech scored in double figures.

For Oklahoma, it was James leading the scoring with 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Star freshman Trae Young also scored 19, but it was a forgettable game otherwise. Young, who is averaging 29.5 points per game this season, shot just 4-for-16 from the floor and 0-for-9 on 3-pointers. He also chipped in six assists, but paired those with six turnovers.

Lon Kruger’s Sooners fall to 16-9 with the loss and 6-7 in the Big 12. It’s a tough conference, featuring three teams ranked ahead of Oklahoma in the top 20 of the AP poll.

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