LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)—Martin Zeno scored 17 points as Texas Tech beat Oklahoma 68-54 Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Tech coach Bob Knight picked up win No. 881 five days after he became the winningest Division I men’s coach.
Tech trailed briefly early but slowly took control. The Red Raiders went up by 21 points four times, the last when Alan Voskuil hit a jumper from just inside the 3-point line with about three minutes remaining.
Oklahoma, which struggled from the field the entire game, hit only 20-of-57 from the field, or 35.1 percent, a season low. It was also the second lowest point total this season for the Sooners. Their previous low (51 points) came against Villanova in early December.
Three other Tech players scored in double figures. Jay Jackson had 14 points, Jon Plefka got 12 and Charlie Burgess added 11 for the Red Raiders (12-4, 1-0 Big 12).
Plefka got all his points in less than 14 minutes.
Bobby Maze scored 17 points and Nate Carter added 13 to lead Oklahoma (8-5, 0-1).
The only area in which the Sooners topped Tech was in rebounds. OU had 44 to Tech’s 32. Oklahoma also got hit with two intentional fouls, one that sent Esmir Rizvic to the locker room with an injury to his face a few minutes after Longar Longar hit him with an elbow at OU’s end of the court.
The Sooners ended the half much hotter than they started, hitting four of their last seven shots to pull within 26-23. At one point Oklahoma was 3-of-16 from the field. Despite missing several easy shots under the basket, OU kept it close by getting 13 second-chance points off 28 offensive rebounds.
Tech also had trouble shooting. The Red Raiders first points from the field didn’t come until nearly six minutes into the first half.