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Red Raiders trip up Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. — Texas Tech silenced the Sooners, 68-60, in front of the crimson faithful on Wednesday night in Norman. OU fell to 18-7 and 7-5 in Big 12 action.

After succumbing to a double-digit deficit early in the second half, Oklahoma turned up the jets to make things interesting down the stretch.

OU trailed by 16 points at halftime and that deficit extended as high as 20 points midway through the second half.

Cameron Clark led the Sooners in scoring with 16 points and six rebounds. Je'lon Hornbeak led the team with four assists and three steals, while guard Isaiah Cousins added 12 points to fuel a near comeback.

On the other end of the court, Robert Turner led the Red Raiders with 16 points while Jaye Crockett and Dusty Hannahs both added 10 points of their own.

Up next, OU faces Oklahoma State on Saturday.

  • Tough loss tonight. We just need to regroup and go to Stillwater and get a W!

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  • Bad loss. A team can't afford to lose games at home to a team with a lesser record. Mayby the Sooner team was looking ahead to OSU and Saturday. They will need a better effort to beat a depleted cowpoke team.

  • They'll need a better effort to beat Norman High school. Pitiful to say the least.

  • Sooners missed front end of two 1 and 1's. Kruger was pretty impatient with Sooners toughness. Said they need to be "strong with the ball". They do. They need to value the ball. I know - an old cliche.

    Losting those 2 junior college guys.....

    Tech is long and strong. A team you don't want to play. here are Coach's quotes from Soonersports.com:

    Head Coach Lon Kruger
    Opening comment:
    “Well, it was a game in which Tech just physically whipped us in every way, especially in the first half. I thought they did a terrific job of being physical. Our ball-handlers, we weren’t strong enough with the ball and turned it over several times. We have to learn from it. They clearly were the better ball club tonight and they deserved the outcome. I liked our guys’ effort in the second half. We tried to get back within striking distance, but still. There’s a lot to learn from this one. We have got to keep working on that. We have got to keep learning and making progress and understand that every time you line up it’s going to be tough.”

    On what happened in the first half:
    “Again, credit Texas Tech. I thought they were quicker to loose balls. They beat us to balls on the boards. We contributed by turning it over and giving them some easy ones. They set the tone. They got the result they were after and we didn’t fight hard enough in the first half. We have to learn from that and try to keep that from happening again.”

    On the difference between the Tech team on the floor tonight and the team they beat in Lubbock:
    “Well, they totally set the tone tonight. I thought that in Lubbock we were able to do that for the most part. We dictated in a lot of different ways. I thought they dictated tonight. They came in with a high level of confidence and took it right to us from the start. They were attacking us and got us on our heels a little bit. They took advantage of that.”

    On if being too reliant on the 3-point shot was a factor:
    “Certainly that contributed. No question. Again, when you line up in the Big 12, it is going to be tough. We need to make shots to be at our best. Credit Tech for that. Certainly we contributed, but I think Tech got into it and did things that they wanted to do. Credit their guys for that.”

  • I think it was evident at tip off that this game didn't interest the team. Yes it wasn't a good loss. I don't think the sky is falling either. Team likes the 3 ball, and like they say "live by the 3, die by the 3"

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