Five Sooners scored in double figures to lead Oklahoma to an 86-71 win over Texas Tech Wednesday night in Lubbock. Oklahoma improved to 17-8 overall and remained in a fourth-place tie in the Big 12. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak in Lubbock.
Amath M’Bayle led Oklahoma with his first double-double, scoring 15 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.
"A lot of guys made good plays and we knew coming in that Tech was going to be a tough challenge,” said Oklahoma Coach Lon Kruger. “We opened the ball game well, and then Tech makes a nice run. I thought our guys responded to that run well. Then in the second half it was just a battle. We couldn't quite get the margin we needed, and Tech hung in there and played awfully hard. I thought a lot of our guys made good plays and shot the ball well and kept just enough of a lead to keep Tech from making that big time push."
Steven Pledger led Oklahoma scoring attack with a season-high 22 points, while Romero Osby added 21 points and nine rebounds. Pledger connected on a season-high six three pointers.
"I am getting my feet right and my mindset right going into every shot,” said Pledger. “I have been doing a lot of thinking and so I just have to calm myself down and just let it go."
The win was OU's eighth away from home this season (8-6 record), which is two more than the Sooners won the last two years combined (6-25 record). For the Sooners, their 86 points was their highest scoring output of the season.
"The guys really moved the ball well. I thought they made the extra pass and shot with confidence,” said Kruger. “They made a lot of good plays for one another. Anytime you put up 17 assists that's a big number. You like to see that, but you have to get good ball movement. And when you make the extra pass, a lot of times the shooter has real good rhythm and shoots it better. I think that happened a few times tonight."
The Sooners return to the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday afternoon to host Baylor.