Overall team performance—C+
The Sooners concluded a tough two-game road stint with a disheartening loss against the Red Raiders that they should have won had they executed better in certain situations. OU blew an 11-point advantage that they racked up by the early stages of the second half. The Sooners shot a poor 36.2 percent in the contest and failed to defend in the second half, as Tech hit 51.6 percent of its second half field goal attempts to mount a double-digit rally.
In Willie Warren's absence, Mason-Griffin was one of a couple players that stepped up their level of play. He finished with a game-high 26 points on 9-for-21 shooting, including 4-for-9 from behind the arc. Mason-Griffin also brought down seven rebounds and had an even assist-turnover ratio as he had one of each. It appears he's starting to mature some midway through the year.
Crocker was the other Sooner that picked up the pace. He had OU's only double-double at 20 points and 13 rebounds. Crocker was especially effective on the defensive glass, where he prevented second chance points on numerous occasions in the first half for the Red Raiders. The only negative for Crocker was his three turnovers, but his hustle and contributions on both ends of the floor outweighed that for the most part.
Fitzgerald only played six minutes, but they were a relatively unproductive six minutes. He had two fouls and one turnover in that time span, and he didn't attempt a shot or grab a board. So, while the time must be taken into consideration, Fitzgerald didn't have much of an impact over his limited playing time.
He played just over half the game and finished with seven points on 2-for-3 shooting and seven rebounds—both solid totals—but there were some negatives as well. He turned the ball over twice and fouled out of the contest. However, overall it wasn't a terrible performance as he did shoot 75 percent from the line also.
Here's a stat for you. Bench players, guards Steven Pledger and Ray Willis, as well as forward Tiny Gallon, combined for one more foul and only two less turnovers than points in the game. The three racked up 11 fouls and eight turnovers compared to only 10 points. The Red Raider bench outscored the Sooner reserves 30-10. It wasn't a good night for this group.