Hill scores 8 in OT, OU beats Texas Tech 68-63

The Associated Press - January 8, 2023 11:06 am

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jalen Hill scored eight of his 18 points points in the final two minutes, freshman Milos Uzan also scored 18 points and Oklahoma beat short-handed Texas Tech 68-63 in overtime Saturday night.

Grant Sherfield added 12 points for Oklahoma (10-5, 1-2 Big 12).

Uzan hit a short jumper, Hill made a driving layup, and then Uzan came up with a loose ball in the lane and threw a long lead pass to a streaking Hill for a dunk that gave Oklahoma a four-point lead with 1:06 to play. D’maurian Williams answered with a quick 3-pointer before Hill tipped in a missed layup by Uzan to make it 66-63 with 41 seconds to play. Williams missed a pair of free throws and Bijan Cortez missed the front end of a 1-and-1 before Harmon missed a contested 3 with about 10 seconds to go. The rebound went out of bounds off the Sooners, but Cortez blocked a potential tying 3-point shot by Lamar Washington and Hill made two free throws with 1.1 seconds left to cap the scoring.

Texas Tech (10-5, 0-3 Big 12) has three straight losses to open conference play for the first time since the 2014-15 season. The Red Raiders were without starters Daniel Batcho (finger) — who averages 11.8 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds — and Pop Isaacs (head), who is shooting 44.2% from 3-point range and leads the team with 35 made 3s.

Shefield, Uzan, and CJ Noland each hit a 3-pointer in span of 87 seconds before Uzan added a layup and another 3 to cap a 14-4 run that made it 41-31 with 11:43 to play in regulation. Tanner Groves thew down a two-hand dunk off a missed 3-point shot by Bijan Cortezand, then 35 seconds later made another put-back dunk — this time off a missed runner by Uzan — to give Oklahoma a 13-point lead with 8:35 left.

Groves, the team’s second-leading scorer (11.0) this season who fouled out with 5:05 remaining before overtime, finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.

De’Vion Harmon — who spent two seasons at Oklahoma and another at Oregon before transferring to Texas Tech — scored eight points in a 12-2 run that culminated when Kevin Obanor made a layup with 23 seconds left in the second half to make it 56-54 and give the Red Raiders their first lead since before halftime.

Uzan hit two free throws to force overtime.

Harmon led Texas Tech with a season-high tying 23 points and Obanor added 15 but was 5-of-17 shooting.

UP NEXT: Oklahoma plays Tuesday at No. 3 Kansas

 

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