One team’s perfect night is another team’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad, two-hour torture chamber. The Texas Tech Raiders couldn’t do anything wrong, while the Oklahoma State Cowboys, drifting through a brutal season, couldn’t do anything right.
This could have been a 40-point margin if the Red Raiders had kept their feet on the accelerator. Even then, the 28-point margin represented the second-worst beating Oklahoma State has suffered in the venerable Gallagher-Iba Arena since the beloved gymnasium opened in 1938.
Texas Tech was swift and merciless in this beatdown, which carried an extra measure of satisfaction when one realizes that Oklahoma State has been a nemesis for Tech in Gallagher-Iba over the larger run of time.
“We’re really together,” Texas Tech forward Tariq Owens said. “I just feel like we’re really locked in right now.”
That locked-in quality showed up most prominently at the defensive end of the floor. Oklahoma State scored just 23 points in the first 25.5 minutes of play. It took the Cowboys nearly six minutes to score their first points of the second half. When OSU finally scored those first points on a bucket with 14:03 left, Tech had amassed a 59-25 bulge.
Defense wasn’t the only facet in which Tech maxed out. The Red Raiders hit 9 of 14 threes to start the game, burying Oklahoma State in those first 26 minutes before coasting to the finish line.
“Obviously, you can’t count on making shots like we did tonight, but our guys do put a lot of time in, and from time to time, we’re going to have one of these nights,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said.
Will Texas Tech crush opponents the way it crushed Oklahoma State? It is not likely. Yet, when a team realizes how well it can play — regardless of the opponent — that can give a group of basketball brothers added confidence and muscle memory heading into the toughest stretch of a season.
Beard and his Red Raiders hope this aberrationally easy game will pay dividends down the line.
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