Oklahoma had its worst offensive outing of the season in a 65-47 loss to Texas Tech Saturday night at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
The 47 points was a season low. The Sooners have scored less than 60 points only three times all season.
OU shot 33.3 percent, the second lowest outing of the season behind a 32.4 percent outing in a loss at Oklahoma State.
“We had some good looks that didn't go,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “Then all of a sudden we're deep in the ballgame and I think we were a little surprised we didn't get more of a lead.”
OU owned the lead most of the first half but the Red Raiders rallied for a 25-22 halftime edge and built on that lead throughout the second half.
Andrew Fitzgerald scored a team-high 14 points, the only Sooner in double figures. Other than Fitzgerald the rest of OU's rotation players shot a combined 27.0 percent.
PLEDGER HAS OFF NIGHT
Junior shooting guard Steven Pledger scored a season low four points. Averaging 17.8 points entering the game, Pledger was 2-of-7 from the field, 0-of-1 at the line.
“They got up into his body and made him put the ball on the floor,” Kruger said. “They didn't give him the catch-and-shoot looks.”
Pledger has scored in double figures in 22 of OU's 24 games. The only other game he failed to score in double figures was nine in a loss at Oklahoma State.
GROOMS CONTINUES STEADY PLAY
Point guard Sam Grooms (nine points, eight assists) has dished out 58 assists with only 11 turnovers the past 10 games, a dazzling 5.27 assists-to-turnover ratio.
For the season, Grooms leads the Big 12 in assists-to-turnover ratio (3.11) and ranks in the top 10 nationally.
The Sooners host Texas Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center. The Longhorns (6-6 in league play) are viewed by most analysts as a NCAA Tournament bubble team.
OU sophomore guard Cameron Clark scored six points and grabbed six rebounds... Texas Tech guard Javaris Willis, coming off back-to-back scoreless games, scored a career high 21 points... The Red Raiders average a conference worst 17.4 turnovers but had a season low seven turnovers, only one in the second half. The Sooners had 15 turnovers... Texas Tech outscored OU 28-6 in the paint, one area the Sooners were expected to have an edge... OU shot 14 percent on 3-pointers (2-of-14). One of the two long-range baskets was supplied by walk-on T.J. Franklin in the waning seconds.