Turner scored 16 points to lead the Red Raiders. Jaye Crockett and Dusty Hannahs both added 10. But Texas Tech only attempted 11 3s all night. Turner and the rest of his backcourt mates were willing to get the ball inside.
Texas Tech only shot 45.8 percent (22 for 48), but it got to the free-throw line 27 times, converting 20.
The Sooners settled for jumpers until the second half.
“I thought Tech got into us and did what they wanted to do,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “Credit Tech for that.”
The Sooners cut the deficit to three with 7:29 remaining. The run had nothing to do with 3-point shooting. Lifting the defensive intensity and a new-found willingness to go to the basket was the change. The Sooners finished with 28 points in the paint. All but four of those points came in the final 20 minutes.
Ironically, it was 3-pointers by Tyler Neal and Frank Booker that ignited the run, but four consecutive steals that ended with three layups by Je’lon Hornbeak and another by Isaiah Cousins put OU back in the game.
“We knew we just had to withstand that run, when they went on a run,” Turner said. “We did a great job of that and we went back on a run a little bit, started trading buckets and finished it out at the end.”
After OU cut it to a three-point game, Hannahs answered with a 3-pointer. The Sooners never had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead the rest of the way.
It was a fitting end to a difficult night. OU’s only lead came on its opening basket. Texas Tech led for the final 30 minutes.
“Texas Tech set the tone and got the result they were after,” Kruger said.
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