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Young Explodes In 2nd Half, No. 9 Oklahoma Beats No. 8 Texas Tech

Trae Young of Oklahoma Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. — Trae Young scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half and No. 9 Oklahoma beat No. 8 Texas Tech 75-65 in a Big 12 battle at Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday night.

Young, who shot just 1 of 12 for five points in the first half, went 6 of 11 in the second and also had nine assists and four steals in the win for Oklahoma, which rebounded from the in the 89-76 defeat to then-No. 6 West Virginia on Saturday night.

The freshman point guard, who leads the nation in scoring and assists this season, has been compared to the Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.

“I had a lot of emotions and I let that get to me,” said Young, whose Rayford, averaged 14.1 points for Texas Tech from 1996 to 2000.

“I just settled down the second half. Got more spacing and found my teammates in the second half.”

Christian James added 15 points and Khadeem Lattin finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Sooners (13-2, 3-1 Big 12), who won 11 straight at home.

Keenan Evans scored 19 points to lead Texas Tech (14-2, 3-1), but was the only Red Raider to reach double figures.

“We had a couple lapses, but that’s basketball,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “I just think what he does is that he exposes your lapse every time.

“There are mistakes all over in every game, but there are only certain players like Trae that can put the ball wherever he wants.”

After shooting 30.6 percent in the first half, Oklahoma shot 56 percent in the second half and made 6 for 10 from 3-point range to pull away.

Texas Tech shot 40 percent in the first half, but went 13 of 37 in the second half.

The visitors also missed 16 of the 19 attempts from 3-pointers in the second half after going 3 for 6 from long range in the opening period.

“We didn’t give them many easy looks,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said about Texas Tech. “A lot of them were contested. They had six assists the whole game so we did a pretty good job of defending shooters and making them earn their points.”


Texas Tech will play host to No. 2 West Virginia on Saturday.

Oklahoma entertains No. 16 TCU on Saturday.

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