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Texas Tech notebook: Foul problems prove costly for Red Raiders in loss to OU

Sooners shoot 22 of 26 from the line as Tech exceeds foul limit early in both halves

Posted: January 16, 2013 - 11:19pm  |  Updated: January 17, 2013 - 1:29am
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Foul problems costly

Texas Tech paid for its foul trouble against the Sooners.

The Red Raiders went over the seven-foul limit midway through each half, giving the Sooners a heavy edge at the free-throw line.

Oklahoma took advantage by knocking down 22 of 26 attempts. Tech shot 8 of 13 from the line.

In a game that was competitive until the final minutes, that disparity loomed large.

Jordan Tolbert, who has made steady progress since the beginning of Big 12 play, played only five minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.

“We have to do a better job of playing good defense without fouling,” Tech coach Chris Walker said.

Osby takes over

Texas Tech held Romero Osby, Oklahoma’s senior scoring leader, in check during the first half, but it was a different story in the second.

Osby muscled his way inside to score nine points during the first four minutes of the second half, including a dunk that put the Sooners up nine and brought the crowd to its feet.

The 6-foot-8, 232-pound forward finished with a team-high 17 points — he was one of five Sooners in double figures — with 15 coming in the second half. After his early second-half surge, Tech was down double digits and forced to play catch up the rest of the way.

“I just trying to get into my man and post him up real deep so they wouldn’t have time to double me,” Osby said.

Oklahoma shot 58 percent in the second half after converting at a 39 percent clip in the first.

“We had better shots, more efficiency in the second half,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.

Lacking distance

Texas Tech’s 3-point woes continued on Wednesday, as the Red Raiders connected on just 5 of 22 attempts (23 percent).

It appeared Jamal Williams’ game-opening 3-pointer, which bounced on the rim about three times before dropping in and giving Tech its only lead, would be a good omen, but the Red Raiders couldn’t convert from behind the arc much the rest of the way.

Two of Tech's 3-pointers came from Dusty Hannahs (eight points), who has now hit at least one long-range shot in the last seven games.

Free throws

Tech guard Trency Jackson, serving an indefinite suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules, did not make the trip to Oklahoma. ... Oklahoma is 3-0 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2009.

Compiled by Nick Kosmider

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This team just doesn't have enough depth or talent ...

not to foul excessively. What talent we have gets worn out trying to play with the intensity/effort needed over too many minutes. More simply put, they're tired, hence silly fouls and second half collapses. They're young/inexperienced, and constant intensity/effort needed to overcome more talented teams is almost impossible to maintain. The talent level isn't deep enough, so starters get tired and kurry happens. And we're lacking in size/talent up front.

Sorry about your father young man, but Tolbert seems to have mentally thrown in the towel. His production substantially declined last year after Big 12 play started. He gave up this year and said he wouldn't play for BCG. I thought maybe after the TCU game, he'd dedicate the season and his effort to his fathers memory. Evidently, he's just not mentally tough enough to play in the Big 12.

Coach Walker deserves a contract, otherwise this and next years recruiting is trashed by our administration. Kirby, I'm disappointed.



"Kirby, I'm disappointed."

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