The Oklahoma Sooners made the journey across state lines to face the experienced Texas Tech Red Raiders. During the opening minutes of play, Khadeem Lattin found Kameron McGusty who knocked down a three point attempt to give OU a 14-13 lead. However, back-to-back treys from Aaron Ross and Anthony Livingston capped off a 10-0 run for the home team. Holding off a late first half push, the Red Raiders maintained a 36-29 halftime lead.
Flipping the script, Oklahoma took control of the game coming out of the locker room. Clamping down on defense, OU refused to give up a field goal to their opponent over the first 5:43 of the second half. The effort closed the gap then, secured a 39-38 lead. Finding a way to the rim, Zach Smith broke the drought.
As most sports fans do, I too hold a level of superstition when it comes to words uttered during a contest. Could a single tweet by the official Oklahoma Men’s Basketball Twitter account have done the crimson and cream in?
#Sooners have held Tech to 0 made shots and forced 3 turnovers in the first 4 minutes of the second half.
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) February 5, 2017
I’ll let you decide but I certainly think it could have had something to do with the loss…
Following the tweet, sloppy play reared its ugly head and continued late into the half.”Too many breakdowns in the last five minutes,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Too many wasted possessions. Fouled. Couldn’t keep the ball in front of us as well as we need to. Tech took advantage of that.”
There’s no denying that Oklahoma put themselves in a position to win. With mounting mistakes and mental lapses, it simply became to much to overcome. The 77-69 loss drops the Sooners to 2-8 in conference play.