Monday, February 20, 2006

Sooners "Tip" toe to a Sweep of the Red Raiders

Oklahoma narrowly missed another double digit collapse on Monday night and Texas Tech narrowly missed upsetting nationally a nationally ranked team.

Jarrius Jackson's 3-pointer with 1:30 left wiped out a 10-point deficit and brought the Red Raiders into a tie at 68.

After Texas Tech took a 46-44 lead on a four-point play by Jackson. The Sooners went on a 16-4 run that included three straight 3-pointers from the same spot by Big 12 rookie of the week Michael Neal and another by David Godbold to go up 60-50 with about 8 minutes remaining. OU would only score one more field goal for the game and Tech would answer with a 13-6 run to pull within 66-63 on a three-point play by Zeno with 3:42 left and then Jackson hit his three pointer with just one second left on the shot clock to tie the game and set up the game ending drama.

Texas Tech’s Martin Zeno made two free throws with 1:08 left to give Tech a 70-68 lead. Then David Godbold of Oklahoma was fouled going for the rebound of his missed 3-pointer and made the second of two free throws with 55 seconds to play.

Darryl Dora of Texas Tech missed a short jumper on the following possession and Oklahoma grabbed the rebound and called a timeout with 23 seconds left. Terrell Everett dribbled down the clock before driving for a jumper in the lane that bounced off the rim before Bookout, who finished with 12 points, tipped it in on the rebound.

"Amazing thing is he tipped it in with his left hand, and it's broken," Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson said.

Four Sooners scored in double figures including Neal who had a team high 18 points. Fellow guard Terrell Everett (pictured right) had 10 points and the hero for the night Kevin Bookout finished with 12. Taj Gray, who was the second leading scorer on the team, finished with a double-double, 13 points – 13 rebounds.

The Sooners are home Saturday against Kansas State. OU will play their next two games at home before traveling to Texas to end the regular season on March 5th. Oklahoma is setting comfortably in third place in the big 12 and could still mathematically move up in the standings, especially since first place Texas and second place Kansas still have to face each other. It should be an exciting final two weeks of the regular season. Tip off for the Kanas State game is at 3:00 p.m.

My Player of the game:

Taj Gray
6-13, 13 Pts
13 Rebs, 1 Assists