Cade Davis' 21 points not nearly enough in 84-58 road loss as Sooners shoot 33 percent from field.
March 2, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Pat Knight finally saw his Texas Tech team's potential Wednesday night as the Red Raiders drubbed Oklahoma 84-58.
"I told them the other day we have two weeks left in the season, let's try to show everybody the team that we should have been," Knight said. "I've been harping on that and it feels pretty good tonight."
Mike Singletary and David Tairu scored 17 points each for Texas Tech (13-17, 5-10 Big 12), which hit 11 of 21 3-pointers and led the whole way - much of it by double digits. Wally Dunn added 15 points and Brad Reese had 12.
"It just shows what we can do," Reese said. "I mean we have a problem being consistent so we've just got to stay focused and try to win this last one."
The Red Raiders play at No. 24 Texas A&M on Saturday to close out the regular season.
Cade Davis scored 21 points to lead Oklahoma (12-17, 4-11), which shot just 32.8 percent from the field and suffered its eighth loss in a row.
"I'm really embarrassed about our performance," Sooners coach Jeff Capel said. "I really felt that we would have come out ready to fight, desperate for a win. We came out the opposite and Texas Tech came out that way and knocked us back early. We were never in the game."
Texas Tech opened the game with a 14-3 run, including two 3-pointers by Reese, while Oklahoma shot abysmally. Things didn't change much later in the half as the Sooners endured a field goal drought of more than 8 1/2 minutes. Oklahoma shot 27.6 percent in the first half and trailed 40-20 at the break.
Oklahoma's points were its second-lowest first-half total this season. The Sooners had just 19 points against Texas in January.
Tech scored five unanswered points - all by Singletary - to start the second half to go up 45-20, a margin Tech also had late in the first half. A few minutes later, Reese hit a 3-pointer to bump the margin to 53-27.
Oklahoma made a few small runs but never got within striking distance.
Texas Tech went up by 27 points twice, 66-39 and 68-41, midway through the second half. The Red Raiders stretched that advantage to 29 points, 84-55, with less than a minute remaining and all their starters out of the game.
Knight said he hoped the win could be a momentum builder.
"People can say what they want about this team but they're not quitters," he said. "It's pretty obvious with the way they played tonight, the type of season we've had. I think they'll get a good run at it at A&M and then we've got the (Big 12) tournament and we'll see what we can do."
Capel said his team shouldn't have felt overconfident from the Sooners' 83-74 win over the Red Raiders in January in Norman, Okla.
"We've lost seven in a row" coming in to the game, he said. "You would think that we would be desperate. If we were overconfident, then we're the dumbest team in America."
Texas Tech outrebounded Oklahoma 46-37 but had more turnovers, 16, than the Sooners' 12. But Oklahoma got just 11 points off the turnovers, while Texas Tech scored 21 points off Sooners' turnovers.