Texas Tech 81, Oklahoma 69
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Koy Smith made six 3-pointers and scored 27 points Wednesday night as Texas Tech beat Oklahoma 81-69 in a game that included the ejection of Ryan Minor, Oklahoma’s preseason All-American.
Minor was tossed with 1:35 left in the first half after getting his second technical foul. He and Tech forward Darvin Ham were each called for a personal foul as they jostled for position inside, and Minor’s reaction prompted a technical.
He had picked up the first one two minutes earlier, for complaining after being called for travelling.
Texas Tech (2-0), which ended Oklahoma’s 16-game home winning streak, was handling the Sooners pretty well even when Minor was on the floor. He left the game with just 8 points and the Sooners trailing by five, and Tech widened the margin to 10 at halftime.
Oklahoma (1-2) rallied early in the second half behind the scoring of Tyrone Foster and Bobby Joe Evans. The Sooners twice got within five points, the final time 48-43 with 15:49 left on a shot inside by Evans.
But Jason Martin’s 3-pointer 20 seconds later put the Red Raiders up by eight, and Oklahoma got no closer. Texas Tech led by as many as 15 at one point.
Oklahoma, which fell behind in the opening minutes, came back to lead 24-19. But then the Red Raiders scored nine straight to take the lead for good.
Jason Sasser scored 20 points for Tech and Martin had 17, all but two in the second half.
Ernie Abercrombie had 25 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma, which was shorthanded even before Minor left. Forward Nate Erdmann was playing on a sprained ankle, and center Evan Wiley served a one-game suspension for missing a recent practice.