Oklahoma's shooting and scoring struggles continued Saturday as they dropped their Big 12 opener, 68-54, to Texas Tech in Lubbock.
In all, the Sooners shot a season-low 34.5 percent from the field (20-58) and an even worse 20 percent from 3-point land (3-15).
Oklahoma led 2-0 early on a layup by Longar Longar, but that would be their last lead of the game as Tech responded with a 9-0 run.
The Sooners managed to stick around, thanks to bench players Bobb Maze and Nate Carter, and trailed 26-23 at halftime. However, with Maze and Carter — the only two Sooners who could've thrown a basketball into the ocean from the beach on the bench to start the second half — Tech took control early and never looked back leading by as many as 21 points in the second half.
Maze, a true freshman from Washington, D.C., came off the bench to record a career-high 17 points. Carter, a senior from San Diego, added a season-high 13. Combined, Maze and Carter outscored OU's starting five 30-19.
Longar, who came into the game as Oklahoma's leading scorer at 13.3 ppg, was saddled with foul trouble and finished with just two points.
Interestingly enough, OU outrebounded Tech 33-32. But they also committed 16 turnovers (five by Longar) to Tech's 10.
With the loss, OU fell to 8-5 overall and 0-1 in Big 12 play, while Tech improved to 12-4 and 1-0.
The Sooners will return to the Lloyd Noble Center Wednesday for their Big 12 home opener against Colorado.
MBB: Sooner men lose Big 12 opener in Lubbock
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