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Texas Tech beats OU 77-69

After a rough loss in Austin, the Red Raiders needed a win to get back on the horse.

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

In their last game against the Sooners, Texas Tech lost in Norman giving OU one of only two Big 12 wins this season. Tech had gone 2-3 in the five games since their last match up with OU and needed a win in a bad way.

These two teams battled early but neither side achieved more than a four point lead until Aaron Ross hit a triple off a Devon Thomas pass with 10 minutes left to put Tech ahead 20-14.

After an Anthony Livingston triple the score was 23-14 where it would stay for almost three minutes. Oklahoma would bring the score within five points with two made jumpers from Khadeem Lattin but Justin Gray would hit a jump shot with one second left on the clock to extend the lead to 36-29 at halftime.

The Sooners came out of halftime hot, going on a 9-2 run in the first five minutes to retake the lead on a Rashard Odomes put back layup with 15:19 left in the game. That lead wouldn’t last as the lead changed hands five times in the next two and a half minutes.

When Niem Stevenson hit a three pointer assisted by Zach Smith the Red Raiders took a 45-44 lead with 12:22 left that they would not fully relinquish for the rest of the game.

With just under six minutes to go OU’s Rashard Odomes hit two free throws then nailed a jump shot to tie the game at 58. Texas Tech would finish the game on a 19-11 run to put the final score at 77-69.

Texas Tech’s leading scorer was Aaron Ross whose 18 points were greatly boosted by him hitting 8 of his 10 free throws. As a whole Tech hit 17-20 free throws good for an 85 percent clip. The Red Raiders face TCU on the road in their next game before back to back home games against Kansas and Baylor.