However, against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-10, 2-5 Big 12), Clark redeemed himself in the best way. The senior shot 8-of-12 from the floor, scoring 17 points as the Oklahoma Sooners (16-4, 5-2 Big 12) led wire-to-wire over the Red Raiders for their fifth Big 12 win of the season.
The win helped the Sooners continue in a tie for second place in the Big 12 with the Texas Longhorns who are also 5-2 in the conference. Both teams trail Big 12 undefeated Kansas Jayhawks, who are 5-0.
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Buddy Hield continues his hot streak for the Sooners win these games. Hield scored 18 points on 18 points, including four three-pointers.
Jordan Woodard scored 15 points, 11 in the first half. He contributed eight assists. The Big 12 leader in free throw attempts also got to the line three times, making two of them.
Oklahoma created separation between the two Big 12 teams early in the contest. Woodard was feeling it early. He hit a jumper and Tyler Neal hit one as well. All of a sudden, the Sooners led 19-9 with 11:26 left in the first half. They collected their largest lead when Clark drained a contested jumper with 4:22 remaining in the half at 35-21.
Defensively, the Sooners made the Red Raiders pay when turning the ball over. They turned 11 Texas Tech turnovers into 14 points. While the Red Raiders only scored three points off Sooner miscues.
Texas Tech fought back, the closed the half on a quick 8-3 run, cutting the Sooners lead from 35-21 to 38-29 at the break.
Oklahoma was in a comfortable lead until late in the second half when the Red Raiders cut the lead to 56-52 with 6:27 remaining when Jaye Crockett slammed home the dunk.
The Sooners shut it down quickly, responding with an 11-3 run over the 1:19 to put the game out of reach at 67-57.
When it mattered, the Red Raiders couldn't hit their free throws that could have kept the game closer, while the Sooners were clutch. They hit five of six free throws to seal the deal.
After struggling against the Horned Frogs shooting, the Sooners shot 50 percent for the game and were efficient all around the board. They didn't take too many three's and really gave themselves great looks at the rim. Another great benefit of Lon Kruger's system.
Oklahoma collected their 16th win a lot earlier than last year. It wasn't until February 20th, also against Texas Tech, when they collected their 16th win.
OU tied a season low with seven turnovers. They outscored Texas Tech 14-3 off turnovers (the Red Raiders committed 11).
Oklahoma will now get ready for No. 11 Oklahoma St. Cowboys for Big Monday on ESPN. It'll be the first time since 2005-06 season that both teams will enter the game ranked nationally. The Cowboys haven't won in Norman since 2004. That was the same year the Cowboys went to the NCAA Final Four.