Feb 15, 2003

 

By BETSY BLANEY
Associated Press Writer

LUBBOCK, Texas - Oklahoma beat Texas Tech on Saturday without any controversy.

The fifth-ranked Sooners hit 10-of-18 from 3-point range, and Quannas White scored a career-high 23 points as Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 63-58.

Oklahoma won the first game 69-64 on Jan. 20 in overtime after a questionable finish.

Big 12 officials later determined that the clock stopped briefly twice in the last seven seconds, which possibly could have given Oklahoma more time for Hollis Price to dribble the length of the court and sink a jump shot to tie the score at 60 as the buzzer in regulation sounded.

"It was just like a regular game to us," said Price, who had 18 points. "You can't get too hyped about it. If you get too hyped, it can wear on you. We just wanted to come in here, compete and try to get out with a win.

"It's hard to win here. Not many teams come away with a win here. This was a big step for us. To come here and win helps us out a lot."

After trailing by one at the half, Oklahoma (17-4, 8-2 Big 12) came out in the second half and used a 11-3 run to take a 45-38 lead.

Tech failed to score a field goal for a little over six minutes of the period. Andre Emmett broke the drought on a tip-in rebound with 13:48 remaining off a 3-point attempt by Nick Valdez.

"We just got off to such a bad start in the second half," Tech coach Bob Knight said. "We just never got back into it.

"White had a career game today. That's one thing we didn't need to have happen."

But the Red Raiders (14-7, 4-6 Big 12) kept coming back. Two free throws by Kasib Powell with 2:04 remaining brought them to 58-56.

They could get no closer on a day the Lubbock mayor proclaimed 'Coach Bob Knight Day' in honor of his 800th victory Feb. 5.

"(That quick start in the second half) was good for us," White said. "Coach Sampson and his staff did a great job of telling us what to run, and we did a great job of executing it. It helped us out and got us going."

Emmett and Powell each scored 14 points for Tech.

Sooner coach Kelvin Sampson was pleased with how his team slowed down Emmett and Powell.

"Obviously, you have to contain those two," he said. "Sometimes you wind up hoping they miss their shots instead of trying to stop them. (Emmett's) a terrific player for them on the baseline. Powell, you just have to battle him. We wanted to make him score over us."

Tech led 35-34 at halftime.

After falling behind by three early in the first half, Tech went on an 8-0 run to lead 18-13. The Red Raiders hit nine of their first 11 shots.

But the Sooners fought back despite struggles by Hollis Price, who went 4-of-12 from the field in the opening half. He finished the game hitting on 9-of-20.

Tech students were given white T-shirts with "The clock doesn't stop at 800," a reference to the clock controversy and Knight's recent career-win milestone. The person who ran the clock has been replaced.

Knight has voiced his displeasure about the incident, saying he believed Oklahoma should forfeit the game.

"What they did or didn't do up there has disturbed me more than anything that I've experienced in college athletics," Knight said on a weekly Dallas radio show.