Young erupted for 22 points in the second half, going 6 for 11 from the field as Oklahoma roared back to defeat Texas Tech 75-65 at Lloyd Noble Center. Trae Young did not disappoint in a matchup of top-10 teams, finding Texas Tech to be the latest team unable to contain him. 3 Wichita State and then-No.
The Oklahoma star shot 1-12 from the field in the first half for just five points Unsurprisingly, the Red Raiders led the Sooners 31-29, but it was a tale of two halves.
He has Oklahoma (13-2, 3-1 Big 12) poised to make a run to end Kansas' historic string of Big 12 regular-season championships. He drained 6 of 11 in the second to help the Sooners bounce back from a loss to No. 2 West Virginia on Saturday.
Trae Young didn't have almost the start he was looking for against Texas Tech on Tuesday night.
Texas Tech's defense isn't a direct comparison, but the Red Raiders do play an intense game capable of creating problems.
Keenan Evans had 19 points for Texas Tech, which fell to 14-2. Whenever Coach Smith (left TTU for Memphis), I didn't know if I was gonna consider Texas Tech.
Christian James had 15 points and Khadeem Lattin added 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Sooners. While Texas Tech has a good defense, the Red Raiders aren't almost as strong defensively on the road.
"We didn't give them many easy looks", Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.
Young scored 27 points and dished out nine assists.
Young and the Sooners will face a Texas Tech team only a few days removed from a win against Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, and the Red Raiders hold their opponents to 59.2 points per game.
Beard on Young: "We had multiple ideas". It was a good experience for Young, who adjusted well against a tough defensive team.
Having now scored at least 25 points in 13 straight games, Young is the first player in the last 20 years in college basketball to score 25 in 13 consecutive contests. Tech will have its hands full with Young, who is responsible for around 50 points per game right now.