Inside the box score of Texas Tech basketball's pivotal win at No. 11 Oklahoma

The Texas Tech basketball team earned a pivotal win over No. 11 Oklahoma on Saturday so let's break down the box score.

Texas Tech head coach Grant McCasland yells to players from the sidelines in the second half during
Texas Tech head coach Grant McCasland yells to players from the sidelines in the second half during / NATHAN J. FISH/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY
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Texas Tech prevented OU from dominating the glass

During Tech's week off, McCasland spoke about how his team needed to work on rebounding because that had been a weakness against good teams. While Tech didn't win the rebounding battle against OU, it was a close matchup as the Sooners led in that statistic by the count of just 34-32.

Tech was led on the glass by Darrion Williams, who had 11 boards to go along with seven points and five assists. Meanwhile, McMillan's eight boards meant that he and Williams managed to collected 59.3% of Tech's rebounds.

Tech also held its own when it came to second-chance points. That's another area where OU was expected to be the much better team.

In that regard, OU was indeed superrior but only by a small margin. Holding a 14-9 advantage in that statistical category, the Sooners weren't able to exert enough dominance on the glass to overpower the Red Raiders.

Moving forward, if the Red Raiders can hang tough on the glass against bigger and more athletic teams as they did on Saturday, it will make this team even tougher to handle than it already has been this year. And as we saw in Norman, Tech is a handful as it is.

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