Scores

Final

Oklahoma 54

(8-5, 0-1 Big 12)

Texas Tech 68

(12-4, 1-0 Big 12)

    1:30 PM ET, January 6, 2007

    United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas

    1 2 T
    OKLA 23 3154
    TTU 26 4268

    Top Performers

    Oklahoma: B. Maze 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Texas Tech: M. Zeno 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Texas Tech 68, Oklahoma 54

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Bob Knight wondered where all the "fuss" was Saturday after Texas Tech beat Oklahoma 68-54 in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

    Knight picked up victory No. 881 five days after he became the winningest Division I men's coach.

    "We broke it again today," Knight deadpanned. "I haven't seen any fuss about it today. It was just like another game today to everybody."

    Martin Zeno scored 17 points for Tech, which trailed briefly early but slowly took control. The Red Raiders went up by 21 points four times, the last when Alan Voskuil hit a jumper from just inside the 3-point line with about three minutes remaining.

    Oklahoma hit only 20-of-57 from the field, or 35.1 percent, a season low. It was also the second lowest point total this season for the Sooners. Their previous low (51 points) came against Villanova in early December.

    Three other Tech players scored in double figures. Jay Jackson had 14 points, Jon Plefka got 12 and Charlie Burgess added 11 for the Red Raiders (12-4, 1-0 Big 12).

    Plefka got all his points in less than 14 minutes.

    Knight called Plefka's performance "the singularly interesting thing."

    "He started out this season well and then had a real dry spell where he didn't play well, a little bit like last year and he hasn't played a lot this year," Knight said.

    Bobby Maze scored 17 points and Nate Carter added 13 to lead Oklahoma (8-5, 0-1).

    The only area in which the Sooners topped Tech was in rebounds. OU had 44 to Tech's 32. Oklahoma also got hit with two intentional fouls, one that sent Esmir Rizvic to the locker room with an injury to his face a few minutes after Longar Longar hit him with an elbow at OU's end of the court away from the basket.

    Rizvic suffered a fractured eye socket and it's not certain what that will mean in coming games, Knight said. Injuries can happen but not "on a play that isn't even part of basketball," he said.

    "I'm not sure that (Longar) should be able to play anymore," Knight said. "Swinging your arms like that with elbows out the height of some kid's head, that's not good."

    Sooner coach Jeff Capel said the two intentionals "hurt us." The one against Longar came when it was 33-27.

    "They hit the two free throws and came back with the ball and scored," Capel said. "That kind of opened the flood gates for us."

    The Sooners ended the first half much hotter than they started, hitting four of their last seven shots to pull within 26-23. At one point Oklahoma was 3-of-16 from the field. Despite missing several easy shots under the basket, OU kept it close by getting 13 second-chance points off 28 offensive rebounds.

    Tech also had trouble shooting. The Red Raiders first points from the field didn't come until nearly six minutes into the first half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    OKLA
    TTU
    Points 54 68
    FG Made-Attempted 20-58 (.345) 21-50 (.420)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-15 (.200) 3-9 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-19 (.579) 23-27 (.852)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 21

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