Sooners escape Tech in OT

Any road win in conference play means something even if it wasn't an aesthetically pleasing outing for OU in Lubbock.

They’re not all going to be pretty, but they all count the same. Oklahoma doesn’t care how the win happened, only that it happened.

Though it was obvious the Sooners weren’t clicking on all cylinders, they found a way to pull out a 79-75 overtime victory at Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon.

Coming off an emotional win against Red River Rival Texas on Tuesday night, there were signs of this one being an emotional letdown. But truth is Tech’s style of play frustrated the Sooners throughout the afternoon even after OU woke up from its early funk.

It was never more apparent than with OU leading scorer Buddy Hield. The junior only had two points in regulation before providing a spark with two three-pointers in the extra session.

Hield had some help in overtime from Isaiah Cousins in helping put the game away. The junior guard had a team-high 22 points that included three makes from three-point territory and four points in overtime.

OU could never get much separation from Tech throughout the game, leading only 30-29 at halftime. Instead of pressing, though, the Sooners embraced the grind, especially senior forward TaShawn Thomas.

Limited in the first half, Thomas scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half and overtime and had a team-high seven rebounds.

OU entered the week not having won a game by less than eight points so it was a pivotal week in that regard. The Sooners’ two victories were by a combined six points and this one gave 17th-ranked OU its 10th win in the conference.

Sophomore guard Jordan Woodard suffered a hip-pointer at the start of the second half but managed to tough it out. He made some key free throws down the stretch and will have time to recover. After back-to-back victories and winners of seven of their last eight, the Sooners don’t play again until TCU comes to Norman next Saturday.

OU wouldn’t have even sniffed a chance to win if not for another quality outing from sophomore guard Frank Booker. He finished with a career-high 17 points, and he has now scored at least double figures in three of the last four games.

OU was up 65-59 and 67-64 in the final seconds before Toddrick Gotcher drained a three-pointer to tie it with less than four seconds left. Hield’s game-winning three was off the mark, but OU was able to respond in overtime.

Now at 19-8, OU continues to position itself well for both the Big 12 tournament and the NCAA tournament.

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