OSU basketball: No. 22 Texas Tech routs Cowboys
LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard raised both arms above his head and waved for more volume from the crowd.
Each time, Red Raiders fans responded with deafening noise. The players fed off that.
Oklahoma State just fell flat.
On a day where the Cowboys were looking to discover just how far they’ve come following a stiff nonconference schedule, they got a resounding answer.
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OSU still has a long way to go.
“Hopefully, (it’s) a wake-up call,” OSU senior Lindy Waters III said.
No. 22 Texas Tech routed OSU 85-50 on Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena, sending the Cowboys to a disappointing start to Big 12 play.
With No. 16 West Virginia looming Monday, OSU (9-4) has lost four of its past six games. The last three have been by 19 or more points.
But with Isaac Likekele fully healthy following an illness, the Cowboys were back to full strength. They were full of optimism. It still didn’t matter against Texas Tech, the defending Big 12 champions and national runner-up.
“Teams definitely put us away,” OSU senior Cam McGriff said. “They put us away today, so I give them credit. They played well, every single guy on their roster. I think that’s what stretched out the lead.”
Texas Tech (10-3) was red hot early in the second half with a 15-0 run as freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey and junior Davide Moretti combined to make three 3-pointers.
The outburst quickly turned a competitive game into a blowout.
Ramsey, who scored eight points in that run, finished with 18 points and Moretti added 13. TJ Holyfield also scored 17.
“Our guys certainly didn’t respond the way we hoped that they would,” OSU coach Mike Boynton said. “As a whole, we just have to play better.”
Even with Waters scoring 13 points, and McGriff scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds, OSU’s offense stagnated. The Cowboys shot a season-worst 28.8 percent overall.
That impacted other areas. OSU had just six assists and it committed 14 turnovers, including nine in the second half.
And Texas Tech’s motion offense took over. The Red Raiders shot 54.5 percent overall and led by as much as 37.
“There’s no way we’re that much better than Oklahoma State,” Beard said. “We might not even be better than them at all. The better team doesn’t always win. It’s the team that wins that 40 minutes. Today was one of those games.
“We were on edge and have so much respect for them. We played our best today.”