Young leads No. 9 Oklahoma over No. 8 Texas Tech

Young leads No. 9 Oklahoma over No. 8 Texas Tech

Young leads No. 9 Oklahoma over No. 8 Texas Tech

Oklahoma, which improved to 13-2 on the season and 3-1 in the Big 12, shot 31 percent in the first half, but heated up after the break, firing at a 56-percent clip to take control of the game.

The visitors also missed 16 of the 19 attempts from 3-pointers in the second half after going 3 for 6 from long range in the opening period. This would have marked his ninth double-double in 15 games as a Sooner, but Tuesday's performance showed the level of dominance No. 9 Oklahoma has received during Young's career.

Young only scored five points in the first half but caught fire in the second, scoring 22 second-half points. Rayford Young starred for the Red Raiders from 1996-2000 and Trae Young was born in Lubbock. But a 20-6 run to start the second half helped the Sooners find their rhythm against the Red Raiders and secure a 75-65 victory.

Young considered Texas Tech during his recruitment but opted to stay close to home and play for the Sooners.

Young didn't have much luck scoring-wise throughout much of the first half as Texas Tech slowed down the pace, forced Young to drive and then collapsed down on him.

Young, the nation's scoring leader at 29.4 a game, scored 27 points, all but nine coming in the second half, and dished out nine assists in leading the way to the Oklahoma victory, the Sooners 11th in their past dozen games.

Texas Tech was just 37 percent from the field. Senior center Khadeem Lattin had arguably his best game of the season, contributing 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks.

Oklahoma hosts No. 16 TCU on Saturday.

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