Red Raiders Fall to Oklahoma in OT

The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders to eliminate the championship hopes of the Red Raiders. Hollis Price scored 26 points to lead Oklahoma to the finals of the Big 12 Tournament.

The first half was dominated by defense.  Neither team was able to get anything going on the offensive end.  With both offenses struggling, the score remained close throughout the half.  Oklahoma did pull away late, taking a 38-26 lead at the half.

 The Red Raiders found some offense early in the second half to close the gap.  Once the Red Raiders got the score close, the defenses once again took over.  Oklahoma led 56-50 with just 3:07 left in regulation.  Texas Tech responded with a 6-0 run to take the game to overtime.  In overtime, Oklahoma took over.  The Sooners outscored the Red Raiders 11-4 to take a 67-60 victory.

 Offense

 The Texas Tech offense reverted back to it's old self against the Sooners.  Andre Emmett and Kasib Powell were forced to carry the bulk of the scoring load.  This had the effect of slowing the Texas Tech offense to a halt.  Andre Emmett led the Red Raiders with 19 points.  Kasib Powell was the only other player in double figures with 18. If Texas Tech is going to win games in the postseason, it is critical for the Red Raiders to get other players involved in the offense.

 Defense

 The Red Raiders had another good defensive game, but unfortunately the offense let them down.  Oklahoma isn't one of the best offenses in the league, but holding a top 10 team to less than 10 points is always an impressive feat.  The Texas Tech defense will allow the Red Raiders to stay in games in whichever tournament they are a part of.


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