OU-Tech: Report Card

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated grades out OU's 83-74 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

Overall team performance: A

After struggling out of the gates, the Sooners stormed back and took their first lead of conference play midway through the first half. From that point on, they never looked back. OU led by as much as 14 at the 9:09 mark in the second half. The Sooners outshot Tech 48 percent to 39 percent. They committed three fewer turnovers, had four more blocks and three more steals. All five starters finished in double figures. By far, it was the most complete conference performance of the year.

G Cade Davis: A+

It's been a rocky road lately for Davis with the passing of his grandmother and inconsistent play throughout the year, but he responded well in this outing, scoring a game-high 25 points on 7-for-12 shooting. He hit four triples on eight attempts, made 7-of-8 from the free throw line and also racked up seven rebounds. Four turnovers in 32 minutes can be forgiven considering all the other production.

G Steven Pledger: A

Pledger also had a solid game, netting 14 points on a 4-for-9 performance from the field. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from charity, while also accumulating three assists, two rebounds, two blocks and a swipe. He hit a pair of 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

G Cameron Clark: A+

There's nothing to complain about with Clark's play, either. He drained five of his 11 attempts en route to scoring 11 points. Clark split a pair of free throws to go along with six boards and an assist. In a game where he played the most minutes of a player on either team (38), he didn't turn the ball over once. He valued possession and was active in all phases of the game.

G Carl Blair: A-

Blair's most impressive part of his play came at the foul line, where he knocked down nine foul shots in 11 attempts. He helped to ice the game late. He only converted one field goal, but finished with 11 points. Blair also distributed five assists, but turned it over five times also.

F Andrew Fitzgerald: A+

Don't try to find any negatives with his play, either, because there weren't any. Fitzgerald scored 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He was a perfect 6-of-6 from the stripe, recorded five rebounds, three blocks, three steals and a pair of assists, while committing only one turnover in 37 minutes playing time.

Bench: D

If forward Tyler Neal hadn't converted a pair of free throws late in the game, it would have been a school record for the first time ever that the OU bench failed to score in a contest. But he made them. Even so, the Sooner reserves were outscored 14-2 by Tech's bench players, Neal, forward C.J. Washington and guard Calvin Newell managed just those two points the entire night, while committing four turnovers in 28 combined minutes. They did bring down eight rebounds but besides that, they had minimal impact.

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