Seventh-ranked Texas Tech maintained its hold on first place in the Big 12 with an 88-78 win against No. 23 Oklahoma in Lubbock on Tuesday night.
They also made life miserable for NCAA scoring leader Trae Young, who was born in Lubbock.
On offense, the Red Raiders (22-4, 10-3 Big 12) were fueled by a 26-point performance from guard Keenan Evans. On defense, Texas Tech held Young scoreless from beyond the arc, marking the first time all season the freshman didn’t hit at least one 3-point attempt. Young scored 19 in the loss, but he was 0 of 9 from 3-point range and made most of his points (11) from the foul line.
It was a superb performance from Evans and the Red Raiders, who still control their destiny in the Big 12 title race. While Oklahoma (16-9, 6-7) has now lost seven of its last nine, Texas Tech should still get credit from the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee for avenging a loss to a team that is currently projected as a No. 4 or 5 seed in most tournament projections.
The Sooners beat the Red Raiders 75-65 in in Norman, Okla., back on Jan. 9. But Texas Tech remains perfect at home with the win Tuesday and is now on a seven-game win streak since falling in back-to-back games to Texas and Iowa State in mid-January.
The Red Raiders trailed heading into the locker room against the Sooners, 37-36, but poured in 52 points in the second half to run away with the marquee win.
Up next, Texas Tech heads to Baylor on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.