Red Raiders end Oklahoma's home winning streak

Taj Gray scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Sooners dropped their first home game of the season in an 88-81 loss to Texas Tech Saturday night in Norman. Tech jumped out to a double-digit first half lead and held OU off down the stretch scoring 15 of their final 19 points from the free throw line. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN, Okla. — For the second straight game Oklahoma found themselves down by double digits at home, but Saturday night's comeback effort against Texas Tech came too late.

The Sooners, who overcame a 16-point deficit on Wednesday against A&M, didn't have enough left in the tank to fight back from 19 down as the Red Raiders ended Oklahoma's 14-game home winning streak with an 88-81 win at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Once again, it was a zone defense that slowed down the Sooners' offense. The Red Raiders packed it in an attempt to take Taj Gray and Kevin Bookout out of the game and put the pressure on OU's guards, and for the most part it worked. The Sooners turned the ball over 20 times and hit just eight of their 21 shots from 3-point range, while Bookout finished with just four points.

"We kept throwing the ball into Kevin (Bookout) and Taj (Gray)," said Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson. "When they get double-teamed you have to kick it out and we have to make those shots. Against Texas Tech, you have to score a lot because they are leading the league in scoring."

Gray recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Tech sophomore guard Jarrius Jackson led the Red Raiders with a career-high 32 points.

Defensively, the Sooners had no answer for Tech's motion offense as the Red Raiders shot 57 percent from the field (28-49).

"We had a good run on offense, but we didn't make the stops we needed," Sampson said. "Jarrius Jackson was outstanding tonight. We weren't moving in the zone tonight and our man-to-man was not very good."

Trailing 67-48 with 7:13 to go in the game, Gray scored the first four points in a 12-2 over the next two minutes and 15 seconds that sliced the Red Raiders' lead to 69-60 with 4:10 left.

Oklahoma would cut the lead to as low as six points on a Drew Lavender jumper with 41 seconds left, but Tech responded by hitting four free throws the rest of the way to keep the Sooners from completing the comeback.

After the Sooners cut the lead to nine with just over four minutes to go, Tech scored 15 of their final 19 points from the free throw line. Overall, the Red Raiders were 29-of-34 (85 percent) from the charity stripe.

"We had that run against Connecticut, Texas and Oklahoma State," said Sampson. "Since then, we've lost our spunk. We need to find our way back. I still think this team has a lot of good games left in it. The way to get out of this is to control our effort and attitude. Those are two things we need to get better at."

With the loss the Sooners fall to 17-4 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play, while Tech improves to 14-5 overall and 6-2 in conference action.

Next up for OU is a Big Monday showdown with Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

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