- Associated Press - Saturday, January 25, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Oklahoma coach Lon Krueger finally saw a full game from his No. 25 Sooners.

They held off Texas Tech 74-65 on Saturday..

“I thought our guys played really hard and maybe for 40 minutes as consistently solid basketball as we’ve done all year,” he said. “This group is growing. I told them in the locker room afterward, the progress we’ve made since the TCU game on Wednesday is the biggest step that we’ve taken.”

Buddy Hield scored 18 points, 12 on 3-pointers, Cameron Clark added 17 points and Jordan Woodard had 15 to lead the Sooners (16-4, 5-2 Big 12).

Woodard believes he’s repaying the coaching staff for their confidence in him.

“They want me to have more control from the point guard spot in the game, especially on the road,” he said. “I just want to be there for my teammates and my teammates put us in a position to win.”

Ryan Spangler had 10 of Oklahoma’s 28 rebounds. Hield was 4 of 7 from beyond the arc and Clark was 8 of 12 from the field.

The Sooners got 14 points off Texas Tech’s 11 turnovers; the Red Raiders got just three points off Oklahoma’s seven turnovers.

Oklahoma never trailed but allowed the Red Raiders to pull within 56-52 late in the second half. But Texas Tech missed four free throws down the stretch that could have made it tighter, while the Sooners hit 5 of their last 6 from the line to seal the win.

“They challenged us the entire second half and they were right there coming back,” Krueger said. “Cam bounced back and had a good ball game. Ryan did what he always does. A lot of guys played well and it took that.”

Jordan Tolbert and Jaye Crockett scored 14 points each for the Red Raiders (10-10, 2-5).

Woodard hit all three of his 3-point attempts and had eight assists.

Texas Tech finished the game shooting 42 percent (24 of 57) from the field while Oklahoma hit exactly half of its 54 shots.

“They out-coached and out-maneuvered us and we got beat again tonight,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “It was disappointing. I was discouraged. I don’t know if the efforts there, it just doesn’t seem to be the same smooth synchronized movements that we need.”

Texas Tech had the edge on the boards, 33-28. The Red Raiders had 20 defensive rebounds to just six for the Sooners.

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