NORMAN — As Romero Osby hung from the rim after a dunk, he was just gearing up for a second half that lead to OU's 81-63 win against Texas Tech.
The win was Oklahoma's third Big 12 victory in as many games and its fifth consecutive win. Five Sooners scored in double digits, with Osby leading the way with 17 points.
Texas Tech (8-7, 1-3) had two scorers in double digits, with Dejan Kravic leading the Red Raiders with 20 points.
“Good win,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “One we needed to protect our home court and keep moving forward.”
Oklahoma's win was just another in start to a surprising season. The Sooners (12-3, 3-0) have now opened the Big 12 season by stealing a game from West Virginia in Morgantown and protecting their home court twice before they head into a seven-game stretch that includes two games against No. 16 Kansas State, two against No. 4 Kansas and one against Baylor.
Throughout those first Big 12 games, Osby has been the most consistent Sooner, but on Wednesday night he had a little help.
The game started off slow. Osby scored only two points and was replaced with senior Casey Arent with six minutes left in the half. A defensive rebound and a couple minutes later, Arent was replaced by Andrew Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald stepped in for the Sooners and scored 10 points in 11 minutes of first-half play.
Freshman guard Buddy Hield played aggressively throughout, finishing with 16 points. Hield and Osby both improved in the second half after only scoring a bucket each in the first.
Osby opened the second half with back-to-back baskets.
“My teammates were finding me in certain spots,” Osby said about his second-half burst. “I didn't have to make many individual moves. They were catching me in certain spots. It's a testament to them.”
Throughout a majority of the game, senior Sam Grooms directed the Sooners from his position at point guard. Grooms also directed the Sooners in their last victory, which came against Oklahoma State.
“ ... when it comes to a game ... he's like the perfect point guard,” Fitzgerald said. “He does the little stuff more now and he's getting us extra assists and he's pushing the ball more. He really has been a great player for us coming off the bench.”
Oklahoma will return to the road for its second conference game away from Norman. OU plays Kansas State on Saturday.
“Kansas State is very good,” Kruger said. “High-ranked team in the country. Coach (Bruce) Weber's done a great job with the group. Tough game. Our guys know that and we have to continue to play better. Our challenge is to keep improving our habits.”
For now, those habits are based on ten players, led by Mr. Consistency, Romero Osby.