OU-Tech: Report Card

Sooners Illustrated grades out OU's heartbreaking 72-71 loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders at the Lloyd Noble Center Tuesday night.

Overall team performance—B-

The Sooners trailed by double-digits several times, and they were down by 10 with 5:23 remaining, but that's when they surged back into it. OU cut it to one and had the ball and the final possession, but both guards Willie Warren and Tommy Mason-Griffin came up empty at chances to hit game-winning shots. The Sooners were short-handed coming in without guard Steven Pledger and forward Andrew Fitzgerald, who were suspended indefinitely after a weekend shoplifting incident, so it was a valiant performance in what turned out to be a gut-wrenching loss.

Tommy Mason-Griffin—C-

For as on fire as he was the other night, he was that off Tuesday night. Mason-Griffin hit only three of his 13 field goal attempts, including a 2-for-8 mark from deep, on his way to nine points. He did take care of the ball, racking up four assists and three rebounds to only one turnover, but the Sooners needed a little more scoring production from him.

Tony Crocker—A-

Crocker had a solid performance all around. He was 6-for-11 from the field for 16 points to go along with 11 rebounds. The only negative in his game was a poor three-point shooting night at 1-for-5. Nevertheless, he led the Sooners in both the scoring and rebounding categories, and he added a pair of assists and steals as well.

Cade Davis—C+

Davis, like Mason-Griffin, missed a lot of shots he would probably like to have back. He hit only one of his six attempts from behind the arc and was 3-for-10 overall from the field for a point total of eight. However, he played turnover-free basketball for 38 minutes, distributing three assists, and he wasn't healthy coming into the contest.

Willie Warren—B+

Warren took this team on his wings and almost brought them to a victory, as he led the Sooners with 18 points on 5-for-12 shooting from the field, but an impressive 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. He had five assists, four rebounds and a steal, but he still needs to bring the turnover total down. Warren committed six of those.

Ryan Wright—B

He wasn't quite as effective as the other night, when he dominated Texas for a double-double. But he had a fairly efficient night, scoring seven and bringing down five boards. He was 3-for-5 from the field, but he did commit one turnover over his 16 minutes of playing time.

Bench—B+

The Sooners didn't have much of a bench Tuesday night, as they only went seven deep. But forward Tiny Gallon had a huge impact on the game, as he scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Gallon also brought down five rebounds and really was a force in the paint. Guard Ray Willis was the only other Sooner to see action, and he grabbed a pair of rebounds but committed two fouls in the first half.


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