Oklahoma basketball: Amath M'Baye has double-double as Sooners beat Texas Tech

Amath M'Baye recorded his first double-double — 15 points and 13 rebounds — in Oklahoma's 86-71 win over Texas Tech on Wednesday night.
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: February 20, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Amath M'Baye drives against Texas Tech's Jordan Tolbert during their NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Avalanche-Journal, Stephen Spillman) ALL LOCAL TV OUT ORG XMIT: TXLUB101
Oklahoma's Amath M'Baye drives against Texas Tech's Jordan Tolbert during their NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Avalanche-Journal, Stephen Spillman) ALL LOCAL TV OUT ORG XMIT: TXLUB101

“Guys really moved the ball well,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said about his team. “They made a lot of plays for one another.”

Throughout the entire game, though, M’Baye was hitting jumpers, free throws and even two 3-pointers. He battled under the basket, too. M’Baye felt like this was a step in the right direction — a step toward the M’Baye of old.

“Then again, there’s been a lot of ‘step closers,’” M’Baye said. “Baylor, I thought, was a step closer. West Virginia, I thought was a step closer. Oklahoma State, I thought, was a step closer. I just have to keep my head in there and I’m doing a better job.”

And the Mr. Perfectionist he is, M’Baye still found a few things wrong in his game — including four fouls and “a few missed jumpers and boards.”

“I want to be perfect,” M’Baye said. “I don’t know if it’s possible, but as long as I’m not perfect, I’ll try.”

Josh Gray led Texas Tech (9-15, 2-11) with 26 points.