LUBBOCK - The city of Lubbock declared Saturday 'Coach Bob Knight Day' in honor of his 800th win on Feb. 5. After Oklahoma's win over the Red Raiders, the city of Norman should consider declaring Saturday 'Quannas White Day' in Norman.
Oklahoma's senior guard came up big on Knight's big day with a career-high 23 points, eight rebounds, six assists and several clutch shots in the Sooners' 63-58 win over Texas Tech Saturday in Lubbock.
"This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone," said Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson about White. "This kid can score."
"He's such a winner that he doesn't look to score as much as he should," Sampson continued. "We are 48-9 with him as our starting point guard. Whatever he's got to do to help the team win, that's Quannas."
"White had a career game today," said Knight. "That's one thing we didn't need to have happen."
White and the Sooners jumped out to an early 13-10 lead but the Red Raiders used an 8-0 run and 63 percent shooting from the field in the first half to jump back out in front and take a 35-34 lead at halftime.
The Sooners turned up the defensive heat and used an 11-3 run to begin the second half to regain the lead at 45-38. Texas Tech kept the kept coming back and even cut the lead to two at 58-56 when Kasib Powell hit two free throws with 2:04 remaining, but could never get over the hump.
Jabahri Brown would later add a layup to push the lead to 60-54 and then one defensive stop later, White put the nail in the Red Raiders' coffin when he hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game with 15 seconds left to give OU a 63-56 lead.
"We just got off to such a bad start in the second half. We just never got back into it," said Knight.
White was 9-for-12 from the field and hit five of his seven three points attempts. Hollis Price also chipped in 18 points.
"Their guards are obviously very good," Knight continued. "They're quicker offensively then we are defensively. We spent a lot of time trying to contain the two of them but just weren't able to."
"I thought we mixed up our defenses well," said Sampson, whose Sooners have won nine of the last 11 meetings against Texas Tech. "Our man-to-man was solid and our zone was solid. I thought that was the key.
OKLAHOMA (17-4, 8-2)
Alexander 3-6 1-2 9, Gilbert 0-1 0-0 0, Bookout 1-2 0-0 2, White 9-12 0-0 23, Price 7-20 2-2 18, Ere 3-10 0-0 7, Johnston 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 2-3 0-0 4, Gipson 0-0 0-0 0, Szendrei 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 3-4 63.
TEXAS TECH (14-7, 4-6)
Emmett 5-13 4-5 14, Powell 4-7 6-8 14, Tomaszek 3-6 0-0 6, Chavis 4-5 0-0 9, Ross 3-6 0-0 6, Storozynski 0-0 2-2 2, Doudney 2-3 0-0 5, Marshall 0-0 0-0 0, Valdez 1-3 0-1 2. Totals 22-43 12-16 58.
Halftime-Texas Tech 35-34. 3-Point goals-Oklahoma 10-18 (White 5-7, Alexander 2-3, Price 2-5, Ere 1-3), Texas Tech 2-5 (Doudney 1-1, Chavis 1-1, Valdez 0-1, Emmett 0-2). Fouled out-Gilbert. Rebounds-Oklahoma 25 (White 8), Texas Tech 27 (Tomaszek 6). Assists-Oklahoma 16 (White 6), Texas Tech 13 (Powell 6). Total fouls-Oklahoma 17, Texas Tech 12. A-15,098.
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