Oklahoma's final shooting percentage — 42.1 percent — looks respectable.
But the Sooners had to do plenty of makeup work to get there in Wednesday's 68-60 loss to Texas Tech at Lloyd Noble Center.
After shooting a horrid 7 of 25 from the field before the break — 3 of 14 from behind the 3-point line — things didn't get much better to start the second.
Oklahoma started the second half hitting just 3 of 13 from the field and missing all eight 3-pointers in the first six minutes.
Still, Sooners coach Lon Kruger said his team was making better decisions. The shots just weren't falling.
“I thought we had a real good flow in the second half overall, even in the first four minutes,” Kruger said. “In the first four minutes, we went from down 16 to down 20 but liked what happened in that four minutes. Told them at that point, if you keep doing that for 16 more minutes and you'll have a chance.
“We were driving and kicking and making the extra pass. We weren't making the shot, but they were much better shots than we had in the first half.”
Oklahoma closed by hitting 14 of 19 from the field.
After scoring 15 or more points in six of the last seven games, sophomore guard Buddy Hield had his worst shooting game as a Sooner.
Hield was just 1 of 13 from the field and made just 1 of 10 from 3-point range.
He finished with a season-low three points.
Hield had scored less than 10 points just once this season.
Having dropped three of their last four, the Sooners travel to Stillwater on Saturday to play Oklahoma State (1 p.m., ESPN2).
The Cowboys, who have dropped five in a row, will be without star Marcus Smart for the second of his three-game suspension.
The Sooners, who beat OSU 88-76 at home ON Jan. 27, haven't defeated the Cowboys in Gallagher-Iba Arena since 2009.
The win gave the Red Raiders three consecutive Big 12 games for the first time since 2011.
After winning just three conference games last season and four combined the last two seasons, Texas Tech is 5-6 in the Big 12.
“It certainly validates and confirms that we're doing things well and doing things the right way,” Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “It tells me a lot about these kids' heart and their toughness.”