Texas Tech 92, No. 6 Oklahoma 79

Saturday, January 26th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Texas Tech doesn't look much like last season's team that finished 9-19 overall and tied for last in the Big 12 with a 3-13 mark.

On Saturday, the Red Raiders didn't look anything like the team that was blown out by Oklahoma two weeks ago.

Andre Emmett had 26 points and 10 rebounds Saturday to lead Tech to a 92-79 victory over those same sixth-ranked Sooners, its second win in eight days over a Top Ten team.

``I thought our kids did a really good job coming back off of having been beaten as badly up there as we were,'' first-year Texas Tech coach Bob Knight said, referring to the 98-72 loss at Oklahoma on Jan. 12. ``We had to play a lot better today, obviously, than we played up in Norman to be competitive in the game.''

The Red Raiders (15-3, 4-2), who beat then-No. 6 Oklahoma State 94-70 last Saturday, went on a 10-4 run early in the second half to take a 50-41 lead over Oklahoma. The Red Raiders went on to lead by as many as 16 points.

It was a much different game from the previous matchup. In the second half, the Sooners (15-3, 4-2) had a cold shooting hand while Tech's heated up. The Red Raiders were 19-for-25 (65.5 percent) in the second half.

Texas Tech took the ball inside throughout the game, outscoring Oklahoma in the paint by 12 points. The Sooners, who led the conference in scoring defense (62.2) entering Saturday's game, allowed more than 90 points for the first time this season.

``In the second half we couldn't get them stopped,'' Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson said. ``We didn't score any baskets in transition because we were taking the ball out of the net and walking it up the court. We played uphill all night, and it seemed like they played downhill.''

Kasib Powell had 19 points for Texas Tech, while Andy Ellis added 18 and Pawel Storozynski 14. Ellis and Storozynski each had seven assists for the Red Raiders, who finished with 25.

Nathan Doudney scored all of his points from 3-point range, going 4-of-5.

Hollis Price scored 27 points for Oklahoma, while Aaron McGhee added 19.

``It was important to get this one because it showed everyone we can play with a good team, and we're capable of beating anybody,'' Powell said, referring to those who thought Oklahoma State simply had an off night last week.

Sampson agreed.

``We didn't underestimate Texas Tech,'' he said. ``This Texas Tech team is good. Coach Knight has done a phenomenal job with this team.''

Texas Tech led 40-37 at halftime.