Oklahoma Defeats Red Raiders in Overtime, 69-64

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-3, 1-2) are still searching for their first Big 12 road win of the season after an overtime loss to the Oklahoma Sooners (12-3, 3-1). Oklahoma guard Hollis Price led all scorers with 23 points.

This game started with great defense being played on both sides.  Texas Tech was able to take an early 6-2 lead, but Oklahoma fought back to close the gap.  The Sooners opened up a 25-19 lead with 6:40 left in the half.  The Red Raiders answered with a 9-2 run to take a 1-point lead.  Oklahoma scored a late basket to take a 29-28 lead at the half.


The second half was played with even more defensive intensity than the first.  Neither team was able to gain an advantage until 16:23 left in the second half, when Nick Valdez inadvertently hit Hollis Price as both players tried to grab a pass.  The collision took Price out of the game and ignited the Oklahoma crowd.  Following a lengthy stoppage of play, Oklahoma went on an 8-2 run to take a 43-37 lead.  The Red Raiders fought their way back into the game, finally taking a 66-55 lead on a Ronald Ross layup with 1:37 remaining.  Kasib Powell scored another basket with 35 seconds remaining to give Texas Tech a 3-point lead.  On the next possession, Hollis Price was fouled on a three-point attempt.  Price made all three freethrows to tie the score at 58.  With 4 seconds left Will Chavis drew a foul in the paint, earning two free throws.  Chavis made both free throws to give Texas Tech a 60-58 lead.  Oklahoma inbounded the ball to Price, who sprinted the length of the court to make a running jumper in the lane to send the game to overtime.


The Oklahoma defense was too much in overtime, as the Sooners held Texas Tech to just one field goal in the extra period.  The Sooners scored 9 points in overtime to take a 69-64 victory.




It's amazing how good the Red Raiders' offense can be when Kasib Powell gets more touches.  Andre Emmett has received lots of attention for his offensive abilities, but the best player on this Texas Tech team may be Powell.  Powell does so many things well.  He can create opportunities for the entire team with or without the ball.  Powell is finally providing the leadership that many people expected out of him after last season.  Powell had an excellent all-around game to lead Texas Tech with 19 points and 4 assists.  Andre Emmett scored 18 points in the game.  Will Chavis continued his outstanding play with 13 points, while Robert Tomaszek found his shot again, scoring 10 points on the night.  The biggest problem offensively was patience.  The lack of patience led to poor spacing, which makes the motion offense much easier to defend.  This isn't a problem that happens every possession, but it happens often enough to be a concern.




The Red Raiders came into the game with an excellent game plan, which the players executed well.  Texas Tech chose to focus their defense on stopping Hollis Price and Ebi Ere.  This approach worked well on Ere, who was held to just 7 points.  Price was able to score 23 points, but the Red Raiders did a decent job of making him take tough shots.  A lot of the credit defensively has to go to Andre Emmett and Kasib Powell.  Both players played solid defense for the entire game.  Emmet had 2 blocks and a number of important rebounds on the defensive end of the court.  It would be great for Texas Tech if Emmett could play with this same type of defensive intensity in every game.  This was a good defensive performance that the Red Raiders can build on as they continue conference play.              

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