Oklahoma State’s slide continued as the Cowboys fell to a red-hot Texas Tech team, 71-61, in Stillwater Saturday.
Oklahoma State hadn’t lost to Texas Tech in Gallagher-Iba Arena since 2003 – a span of 12 straight wins over the Red Raiders. Overall, OSU is 21-4 at home against TTU. OSU leads the overall series, 41-19, and has taken nine of the last 13 meetings in the series.
But now OSU has lost five out of their last six Big 12 games. They played at Oklahoma Wednesday night in the Bedlam rematch game.
“We just didn’t defend this game,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “Our defense really let us down. We had losing numbers, defensively from percentages to points they scored. They shot 30 free throws and we shot eight. Defensively it wasn’t good at all. We’re just so caught up right now with having to shoot so many jump shots.”
Tyree Griffin followed up his 12-assist performance at Kansas with eight against the Red Raiders. The sophomore entered the night aver-aging 4 assists per big 12 game, which ranked sixth in the league.
Leyton Hammonds also reached double-figures with 15 points, and has now scored at least 10 points or more in seven of his last eight games.
“We’re a very wounded team overall right now,” said Ford. “That’s just the facts, not excuses. We’ve got a lot of injuries. Mitch (Solomon) is out there playing with one hand, Tyree is playing on one foot and Leyton is doing the best he can. Our defense just wasn’t good, though.”
Newberry led the Cowboys offensively with 16 points with a career-high four 3-point shots. The Cowboys shot 46.7 percent (14-of-30) from 3-point on the night, which is the second-best mark this season.
“We gave up 40-plus points in the second half,” Newberry said. “When you let anybody come onto your home court and do that then you see the result you’re going to get. I don’t know at which point it got away. It was close for the majority of the game. You’ve just got to grit your teeth and defend at the end of the game and we didn’t go that. They came out and hit some big threes. We’ve got to play a full possession and we didn’t do that.”
Texas Tech evened its Big 12 mark at 7 -7 and improved to 17-9 with recent upset wins over Oklahoma, Baylor and Iowa State. Two more league wins would probably get the Red Raiders an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
“We came here knowing Oklahoma State would play extremely hard,” said Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith. “It was a momentum builder for us, we have been coming off of some big wins in the Big 12. We continued validating those wins by getting a win tonight.”
OSU is 3-11 in the Big 12, 12-15 overall, and the only hope for postseason play might be winning the Big 12 Tournament.
OSU finishes the regular season with West Virginia, Iowa State and Texas – all ranked teams.