Sooners Can't Snap Skid against Texas Tech


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:15 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: Mar 2, 2011 10:57 PM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff and Wire Reports

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Oklahoma Sooners’ losing streak extended to eight games Wednesday with 84-58 loss at the hands of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Mike Singletary and David Tairu scored 17 points each in the win for the Red Raiders..

Wally Dunn added 15 points and Brad Reese had 12 for Texas Tech (13-17, 5-10 Big 12), who hit 11 of 21 3-pointers and led the whole way -- much of it by double digits.

Cade Davis scored 21 points to lead Oklahoma (12-17, 4-11), which shot just 32.8 percent from the field, hitting 21 of 64 shots.

Texas Tech outrebounded Oklahoma 46-37 but had more turnovers, 16, than the Sooners' 12. But Oklahoma got just 11 points off the turnovers, while Texas Tech scored 21 points off Sooners' turnovers.

The game got sloppy at times, leading to eight steals for each team.

Tech scored five unanswered points -- all by Singletary – to start the second half to go up 45-20, a margin Tech also had late in the first half. A few minutes later, Reese hit a 3-pointer to bump the margin to 53-27.

Oklahoma started to get something going, getting two buckets by Davis and two free throws by Steven Pledger during a 6-0 run to pull within 53-33 with 13:21 remaining. But Tech didn't buckle, going on its own 5-0 run on a bucket by Singletary and a 3-pointer by Wally Dunn to stretch the lead back to 58-33 with 11:06 to go.

Oklahoma tried to press in the backcourt to get turnovers but it wasn't as effective as the Sooners hoped.

Texas Tech went up by 27 points twice, 66-39 and 68-41, but Oklahoma didn't wilt. The Sooners whittled the deficit to 68-48 on a 7-0 run with 7:18 left, with Davis getting five points and Tyler Neal getting a bucket.

Down the stretch Oklahoma just couldn't put together enough offense to make it a contest.

The Red Raiders went up 84-55 with less than a minute remaining and all their starters out of the game.

Texas Tech opened the game with a 14-3 run, including two 3-pointers by Reese, while Oklahoma shot abysmally. Things didn't change much later in the half as the Sooners endured a field goal drought of more than 8 1/2 minutes. Oklahoma hit only 8 of 29 shots, or 27.6 percent, for the half.

The Red Raiders, who shot 43.8 percent for the half, used a 16-1 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Dunn, to go up 38-13.

Texas Tech led 40-20 at halftime. Oklahoma's points were its second lowest first-half total this season. The Sooners had just 19 points against Texas in January.