Oklahoma basketball: Sooners survive trip to Texas Tech

by Ryan Aber Published: January 25, 2014
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photo - Texas Tech's Robert Turner, left, and Jaye Crockett, right, put pressure on Oklahoma's Cameron Clark during an NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/The Avalanche-Journal, Tori Eichberger)
Texas Tech's Robert Turner, left, and Jaye Crockett, right, put pressure on Oklahoma's Cameron Clark during an NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/The Avalanche-Journal, Tori Eichberger)

LUBBOCK, Texas — Buddy Hield flashed a big smile coming out of the timeout.

The Oklahoma guard knew the ball was about to come his way.

With around six minutes remaining and yet another OU lead slipping away, Hield led the way on a pair of plays about a minute apart that helped the No. 25 Sooners stretch the lead back out and come out of United Spirit Arena with a 74-65 win over Texas Tech in front of 9,317 fans on Saturday afternoon.

Hield led the Sooners with 18 points, and Cam Clark added 17 as the Sooners won on the road for the third time in Big 12 play. The first of the two big plays is the one that had Hield smiling.

Ryan Spangler and Cam Clark set screens to free up Hield in the corner, and he nailed his fourth 3-pointer of the day to put the Sooners back up by seven.

As Hield released the ball, he yelled, “Bang.”

“As a basketball player, you like these type of moments,” Hield said. “You want to prove everybody wrong; you want to show your coach that you’re able to step up in these big moments, and I wanted to do that and I had confidence in myself that I was going to do that.”

Then Hield turned around and called a play for someone else.

The Sooners nearly turned the ball over on their next possession but were awarded the ball out of bounds with two seconds left on the shot clock.

Hield told freshman point guard Jordan Woodard to lob an alley-oop to Clark.

Oklahoma ran the play as Kruger pleaded with an official for a timeout.

The timeout wasn’t granted, Clark made the dunk and was fouled and the Red Raiders never again seriously threatened the lead. Oklahoma (16-4 overall, 5-2 Big 12) hosts No. 11 Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. Monday on ESPN.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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