By Ken Cross
Keenan Evans scored 26 points and the Texas Tech Red Raiders played a smothering defense around Sooners star Trae Young in an 88-78 win on Tuesday night.
Young struggled with his shot and off the dribble as he went 0-of-9 from three and turned the basketball over six times to counter his six assists. He made only four of his 16 shots from the field in 39 minutes.
Christian James led four Sooners in double figures with 23 points as Oklahoma dropped it’s fourth in a row and suffered it’s fifth loss in the last six games.
Evans hit a three-point shot with 5:57 to go to give the Red Raiders a 69-66 lead as they controlled the later portals of a tightly contested Big 12 rematch in Lubbock.
Each time Oklahoma cut back the lead late in the game, the Red Raiders answered. Niem Stevenson’s three with 1:54 remaining gave Texas Tech a 79-71 advantage and sealed the Sooners’ fate. Texas Tech went 7-of-8 from the line over the last 46 seconds to secure the win.
Norense Odiase had another strong game in the paint for Texas Tech with 14 points and five boards in 20 minutes. The Red Raiders shot 64.3 percent in the second half as they maintained a one-game lead on the Kansas Jayhawks, an 81-77 winner at Iowa State.