, Oklahoma City (PressExposure) February 28, 2009 -- The Sooners took home their fifth straight and seventh of eight win against Texas Tech when they played on February 28th. The 78-63 score marked the sixth straight loss for Tech, and the tenth in 11 games.
Snapping a two game skid, Oklahoma University never trialed and closed the first half at 35-28. They hit six straight free throws and out-rebounded Tech 42-23.
In the second half, The Red Raiders made a 9-2 run to make it a 4 point game with 10:31 left on the clock and Robert Lewandowski sank a lay-up to narrow the gap to 50-49. Even with 4 double digits scorers, John Roberson (17) Nick Okorie (13), Robert Lewandowski (11), and Alan Voskuil (10), Tech was unable to gain the lead.
Taylor griffin led the game with 22 points, outdoing his brother Blake by two, and Austin Johnson scored 10 points in the second half. Omar Leary came off the bench to sink two three pointers and add 11 points to the scoreboard.
"It was very important, especially with how the last week, week and a half has gone. We're down to the end of our season, going into postseason, and are really stressing to try to get some momentum going and kind of get back on track to accomplish all the goals we set in the preseason." Taylor Griffin said.
Blake Griffin was coming off a game and half where he didn't play due to a concussion. In his comeback game, he scored 20 points (14 in the first half) and got 19 off the boards, recording his 23 double double. He played for a total of 37 minutes and he and his brother Taylor combined to score the first 7 points.
Griffin has scored more than 20 points and grabbed more than 15 rebounds 13 times this season. He has been named the Big 12 player of the week 5 times and ranks first nationally with an average of 13.8 rebounds, making it very clear why he has been placed in the running for player of the year.
"Have you ever seen the movie 'Terminator?' That's what that kid's like. That kid has no facial expression. He just plays, and it's like every player I put on him was Sarah Connor. He was just going to take his time and kill them. That kid is good." Pat Knight, head coach for Texas Tech, said after the February 14th game.
Prior to Griffin's game and a half absence, Oklahoma had won 13 consecutive games.
Jay Bilas, an analyst for ESPN said of Blake, "Blake is very talented, but it is his team-first, blue-collar attitude that truly sets him apart. The kid is just a winner. If you locked all of the college players in the country in a room and only one could battle his way out, it would be Blake Griffin coming out of that room."