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January 17, 2013

Sooners pull away from Red Raiders for third-straight Big 12 win

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NORMAN —

On the back of Fitzgerald, the Sooners held a 34-29 halftime lead. They extended it throughout the final 20 minutes.

Osby asserted himself and freshman guard Buddy Hield did the same, scoring 14 of his 16 points in the second half.

When it ended, OU had a very balanced stat sheet. Steven Pledger added 11 points and Cameron Clark came off the bench to add 10.

The Sooners shot 47.5 percent (28-for-59), but that effort was greatly aided by a 15-for-26 effort in the second half.

“We had better shots and more efficiency in the second half,” Kruger said. “We had some offensive boards that kept them from doing what they wanted to do defensively.”

The Red Raiders (8-7, 1-3) were led by Dejan Kravic’s 20-point, nine-rebound effort. Jaye Crockett added a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) off the bench. Texas Tech shot 42.4 percent (25-for-59).

The win was the Sooners’ fifth straight and gave them a 3-0 start to Big 12 Conference play for the first time since 2009. It’s a lot easier to do that when production comes from unexpected places.

“Good balance in scoring has been a trademark for this group at this point. That’s great,” Kruger said. “Defensively, it’s hard to sit on one or two scorers when you have a group of guys step up.”

Wednesday night it was Fitzgerald who made the leap.

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