LUBBOCK, Texas, Sporting Alert – Aaron Ross scored 17 points, and Texas Tech used a team effort to beat No. 3 Oklahoma 65-63 in a shocking college basketball Big 12 score on Wednesday night. Complete Game Box score
Ross jumped off the bench to play 29 minutes and shot 6-for-12 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from 3-pointers for the Red Raiders (16-9, 6-7 Big 12), who grabbed their third straight victory over a Top 25 team for the first time in program history.
They also had victories over Iowa State and Baylor in the previous outings.
Keenan Evan added 14 points, three assists and two steals and Zach Smith added 10 points and nine rebounds for Texas Tech which shot 42 percent from the floor.
Jordan Woodard scored 25 points on 7-for-14 shooting to lead Oklahoma, while leading scorer Buddy Hield, who is averaging 25.2 points per game added 16 and seven rebounds for the Sooners (20-5, 8-5), who were losing their second straight and third in the last four games.
Isaiah Cousins finished with 10 points, six rebounds and two steals for Oklahoma, which dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The men from Norman, were also beaten at home by Kansas at the weekend.
Texas Tech trailed 34-31 at halftime, but rallied to get back into the game and took a 41-37 lead early in the second half.
Both teams went back-and-forth throughout the contest, with the game seeing 14 ties and had 15 lead changes.
After giving the Red Raiders a 61-60 lead with 2:02 left, Evans knocked down three of four free throws in the final 30 seconds to setup the victory for the home side.
Texas Tech outscored Oklahoma 8-2 in the last 2:21.
The Sooners were held to 38.2 percent shooting from the floor overall and 26.1 percent from 3-point range in the defeat.
They missed two good chances to tied the game in the closing seconds.
The Red Raiders, who collected 14 points off 11 turnovers by Oklahoma and scored 11 second-chance points on the night, shot 42.1 percent from the field and were 36.8 percent from long-range.
“We’ve learned from our experiences with close games,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said after the game.
“The poise that you have to have. That’s what is impressive at this point. We’re playing with patience.
“With poise. We’re not panicking. And we’re aggressively getting to the glass.”
Oklahoma eased to a comfortable 91-67 victory over Texas Tech in the first meeting in Norman, on Jan 26, but was unable to complete the season sweep.
“They’ve made steady progress,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “Tubby has done a great job. Their confidence level is really high.
“They’re playing with purpose, playing well together, guarding like crazy, doing a terrific job.”
Up next for Oklahoma is a trip to West Virginia on Saturday, while Texas Tech goes on the road as well to take on Oklahoma State in two more Big 12 key battles.
Other College Basketball Scores
NO. 1 VILLANOVA 83, TEMPLE 67
TEXAS TECH 65, NO. 3 OKLAHOMA 63
PENN STATE 79, NO. 4 IOWA 75
No. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 73, No. 20 DUKE 74
NO. 8 XAVIER 85, NO. 23 PROVIDENCE 74
NO. 11 MIAMI 65, VIRGINIA TECH 49
NO. 12 ARIZONA 99, ARIZONA STATE 61
SAINT JOSEPH’S 79, NO. 15 DAYTON 70
NO. 18 LOUISVILLE 72, SYRACUSE 58
NO. 22 INDIANA 80, NEBRASKA 64