Sooners Stop Texas Tech

Oklahoma snapped a two-game skid on Saturay with a crucial 63-61 win over Texas Tech. The win was Oklahoma's first in conference play after beginning with losses to Kansas and Kansas State.

No Blake Griffin - no problem.

Well, not exactly, but the Oklahoma Sooners did pick up their first conference win of the season without their freshman phenom on Saturday.

Four Sooners reached double figures, led by big brother Taylor Griffin's double-double, as they knocked off Texas Tech 63-61 in front of 11,246 at Lloyd Noble Center.

As Blake Griffin watched in street clothes with an injured knee, Taylor Griffin scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

"The opportunity was there to step up offensively for the whole team since Blake was absent," Taylor said. "It as good that we were able to come up with the victory."

"I think (Taylor) Griffin did a great job in the second half and made us do some things defensively," Tech coach Bobby Knight said. "He did what he had to do in order to beat us."

Oklahoma (13-5, 1-2) trailed 45-38 with 9:48 to play, but went on a 10-2 run over the next two-plus minutes.

Then, down 50-48 with 6:43 left, the Sooners slowly took control.

Griffin scored five straight for the Sooners, including a free throw with 4:56 to go to give them a 53-52 lead.

Oklahoma wouldn't trail again.

Tony Crocker's trey at 3:06, his fourth of the game, pushed the Sooners' lead to 58-52.

All suspense was not gone.

Longar Longar, who also scored 16 points, scored a bucket with 54 seconds to give Oklahoma a four-point lead.

Tech's Mike Singletary scored with 38 seconds left and then Trevor Cook blocked Austin Johnson's shot 31 seconds later.

However, Tech (10-7, 1-2) was unable to tie the game when John Roberson's shot was altered by Griffin, allowing Longar to grab the game-saving rebound as time ran out.

"We had a chance to win it at the end," Knight said. "They had the game won, so we needed to stop and take a 3. That's my fault, but we didn't have a lot of time.

"We needed to have (Alan) Voskuil or (John) Roberson pull up and take it. If we miss it, they win, and if we make it, we win. We just didn't get that chance."

Oklahoma trailed 26-23 after shooting 33.3 percent in the first half.

Tech's Martin Zeno was 6-of-12 in the first 20 minutes and scored 12 points.

Both numbers changed - for the better for Oklahoma - in the second half.

The Sooners were 16-of-34 (47.1 percent) from the field in the second half. Zeno, meanwhile, was held to just one field goal and four shots. He finished with 17.

And Oklahoma's offense, which produced just 31 points in the first 26-plus minutes, offered up 33 over the final 13:43.

Crocker scored 10 of his 15 in the second half. Longar scored 10 of his 16.

David Godbold added 11 more points for the Sooners.


* Oklahoma out-rebounded Texas Tech 40-27, breaking a trend of the Sooners being out-rebounded in recent games.

* The Sooners had 12 second-chance points to 0 for Tech.

* Oklahoma had 0 assists and nine turnovers in the first half. The second half saw six assists and four turnovers.

* Eight Sooners saw action, five of which played 30 or more minutes. Off the bench, Omar Leary provided 23 minutes, Cade Davis six and Beau Gerber two.

* Tech's biggest lead was seven points, which came at 11:27 of the first half. Oklahoma's was six, at the 3:06 mark of the second half.

* There were five ties and five lead changes in the game.

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