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Hield, Woodard push OU past Tech

Coming off perhaps his worst performance of the season, point guard Jordan Woodard put together his best performance of the season, and guard Buddy Hield hit key shot after key shot to send the No. 25 Sooners to a 74-65 win over Texas Tech at United Spirit Arena.

Woodard did it in just about every single way, racking up 15 points, eight assists, three rebounds and two steals.

In the first eight minutes, Woodard had already managed eight points and arguably more importantly was simply setting an up-tempo pace for the game.

Because of that, the Sooners were able to get out in transition for six fast break points in the first half, and on the other end of the court, their pressure resulted in 10 points off six Red Raider turnovers.

Leading by as much as 14 in the first half, OU carried a 38-29 advantage into intermission and seemed to still be cruising until Tech's run came midway through the second half.

They were up a seemingly comfortable 13 at 47-34 when the Red Raiders used an 8-0 run to come as close as they'd been since early in the first half, down just five.

That's where Hield's consistent clutch-ness came into play.

Out of a timeout with 13 minutes to play, Hield canned a corner triple to put the Sooners back up eight.

Later, when Tech cut it to four at 60-56 nearing the six-minute mark, Hield connected again from long range to give OU some breathing room.

And all of that helped OU eventually stabilize in what became a wire-to-wire performance.

Guard Cameron Clark also finished in double figures with 17 points.

For Texas Tech, forwards Jordan Tolbert and Jaye Crockett managed double figures with 14 and 12, respectively.

With the win, the Sooners, now 3-1 on the road in league play, move into a tie with Texas for second place in the league at 5-2 and 16-4 overall.

They get back to action on Big Monday when Bedlam tips off at 8 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center.

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