Not Bob's Night

Oklahoma center Larry Turner blocks a shot by Texas Tech forward Andre Emmett in the first half of Oklahoma's 63-48 win over Texas Tech Wednesday night in Norman. With the win the Sooners moved into a tie with Texas Tech for fourth place in the Big 12. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN, Okla. — Just three days after their worst offensive performance of the season, Oklahoma returned the favor to Texas Tech.

Oklahoma's freshmen backcourt duo of Lawrence McKenzie and Drew Lavender combined for 26 points as the Sooners (15-5, 5-4) held No. 18 Texas Tech (17-6, 5-4) to their lowest scoring total of the season in their 63-48 Wednesday night in Norman.

The Sooners rebounded well from Sunday's woeful 37 point performance against Texas shooting 41.5 percent from the field and connecting on 9 of their 22 three-point attempts, but it was their zone defense that gave Tech the most trouble. Texas Tech shot just 38 percent from the field, and the Sooners' zone helped block six shots, force 15 steals and score 28 points off of Tech's 22 turnovers, the most by a Big 12 team this year.

"We're really active," said Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson on OU's zone defense. "People tend to stereotype a zone because they think it's not aggressive. Our quickness and athleticism help make our zone aggressive."

The Sooners jumped out to a 23-8 lead midway through the first half behind 10 points from Lavender and five quick points off the bench from sophomore guard De'Angelo Alexander.

Texas Tech cut OU's lead to 31-21 at halftime and then climbed to within one at 34-33 on a Jarrius Jackson layup with 14:25 to go. OU quickly responded with a 5-0 run, but Tech forward Andre Emmett scored four straight points to cut the lead to 37-39.

Emmett, who led all scorers with 22 points, and Sooner forward Larry Turner would trade buckets two more times, but Oklahoma went on a 13-2 run — keyed by two three's from Alexander — over the next five minutes to break the game open for good at 56-43 with 4:16 to go.
Alexander, who was a gametime decision after spraining his ankle Sunday against Texas, finished with 11 points.

"I was in the position to knock down the shots," said Alexander, who played 28 minutes on his sore ankle. "I have to attribute a lot of that to my teammates for getting me in those spots. As each shot fell, my confidence kept going up."

"Oklahoma really responded well to their game over the weekend," said Texas Tech coach Bob Knight. "When we played well and got back into it, they really responded and rose to the occasion."

"I am not sure how much time was left but we were back in it and then Oklahoma took it away from us again. That was a real strong move on their part when the game was either tied or we were down by one and they put us away."

Sampson was proud of the way his team bounced back from the Texas game.

"Texas Tech is a good team," said Sampson, who is now 12-6 against the Red Raiders and 5-2 against Knight during his stint in Lubbock. "Anytime Texas Tech is on the court they have an advantage because of Andre Emmett. It helps our kids to play against someone like that."

"I thought our effort level was outstanding. We were embarrassed last Sunday at Texas. It just shows you what kind of team this is. These kids are very young and you can see them growing up. We're going to get better and better."

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