The Terminator

Blake Griffin finished with career highs of 40 points and 23 rebounds to become the first player in Big 12 history and the third in OU annals to record at least 40 points and 20 boards in a game (Alvan Adams had 43 points and 25 boards against Iowa State in 1974-75 and Wayman Tisdale had 61 points and 22 rebounds against Texas San Antonio in 1983-84).

Sensational sophomore forward Blake Griffin shattered record books, setting both OU and Big 12 marks in the Sooners' 95-74 victory Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.

Griffin broke the previous record of double-doubles in a season at OU, recording his 22nd this year through 26 contests.

He also became the first player to record a 40-point, 20-rebound game in Big 12 history.

His 40 points and 23 rebounds also made him only the third player in Sooner history to record 40 points and 20 rebounds in a game, alongside legendary players Wayman Tisdale and Alvan Adams.

And the only way Texas Tech head coach Pat Knight could describe his performance was in comparison to a lead character in a famous movie.

"Man, you guys ever seen the movie Terminator?" Knight jokingly asked following the contest. "That's what that kid's like. I mean, that kid has no facial expression. He just plays and it's like every kid I put on him was like Sarah Connor. He was just gonna take his time and kill him. I mean, that kid is good."

So good that the Red Raiders couldn't come up with any strategy to slow him down, let alone, stop him.

"Our plan was maybe let him get his because he's so good at finding guys," Knight said. "Just don't double down and try to stop the other guys [is what we tried]. I thought we did that, but then we let Cade Davis get away from us. If we don't do that, we could be in the game at halftime, but to give up 10, and then we start out the half a couple bad shots and turnovers, now it's up 16 and we just fell apart."

OU head coach Jeff Capel was equally impressed with Griffin's performance but commented that he knew Griffin could put up these types of numbers if Texas Tech only guarded Griffin one-on-one.

"It was a special performance by Blake," Capel said. "He was tremendous. If you don't double him, then we feel like that he's going to shoot a really high percentage and have a great opportunity to score."

Once again, though, it was his hustle and fundamentals that Capel praised.

"I thought he did a good job of getting deep position, getting to the offensive glass, running in transition, getting some easy baskets there," Capel said.

As for Griffin, he wouldn't accept the record-setting accomplishment in any other way than modesty.

"I think it's a tribute to early on my teammates finding me inside," Griffin said. "And when I was in good position, it kind of allowed me to score easily, and I think the rebounds were kind of coming my way, and I was hitting free throws."

While he obviously was aware of the numbers he put up throughout the game, he wasn't, however aware of yet one more impressive stat: He posted a double-double in each half.

"No, I didn't know that," Griffin said. "Does that count as two?"


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