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White shoots down Texas Tech in Lubbock

2/15/2003

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Oklahoma beat Texas Tech on Saturday
without any controversy.

The Sooners (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) hit 10-of-18 from 3-point range, and
Quannas White scored a career-high 23 points as Oklahoma beat Texas
Tech 63-58.

Oklahoma won the first game 69-64 on Jan. 20 in overtime after a
questionable finish.

Big 12 officials later determined that the clock stopped briefly
twice in the last seven seconds, which possibly could have given
Oklahoma more time for Hollis Price to dribble the length of the
court and sink a jump shot to tie the score at 60 as the buzzer in
regulation sounded.

"It was just like a regular game to us,'' said Price, who had
18 points. "You can't get too hyped about it. If you get too
hyped, it can wear on you. We just wanted to come in here, compete
and try to get out with a win.

"It's hard to win here. Not many teams come away with a win
here. This was a big step for us. To come here and win helps us out
a lot.''

After trailing by one at the half, Oklahoma (17-4, 8-2 Big 12)
came out in the second half and used a 11-3 run to take a 45-38
lead.

Tech failed to score a field goal for a little over six minutes
of the period. Andre Emmett broke the drought on a tip-in rebound
with 13:48 remaining off a 3-point attempt by Nick Valdez.

"We just got off to such a bad start in the second half,'' Tech
coach Bob Knight said. "We just never got back into it.

"White had a career game today. That's one thing we didn't need
to have happen.''

But the Red Raiders (14-7, 4-6 Big 12) kept coming back. Two
free throws by Kasib Powell with 2:04 remaining brought them to
58-56.

They could get no closer on a day the Lubbock mayor proclaimed
'Coach Bob Knight Day' in honor of his 800th victory Feb. 5.

"(That quick start in the second half) was good for us,'' White
said. "Coach Sampson and his staff did a great job of telling us
what to run, and we did a great job of executing it. It helped us
out and got us going.''

Emmett and Powell each scored 14 points for Tech.

Sooner coach Kelvin Sampson was pleased with how his team slowed
down Emmett and Powell.

"Obviously, you have to contain those two,'' he said.
"Sometimes you wind up hoping they miss their shots instead of
trying to stop them. (Emmett's) a terrific player for them on the
baseline. Powell, you just have to battle him. We wanted to make
him score over us.''

Tech led 35-34 at halftime.

After falling behind by three early in the first half, Tech went
on an 8-0 run to lead 18-13. The Red Raiders hit nine of their
first 11 shots.

But the Sooners fought back despite struggles by Hollis Price,
who went 4-of-12 from the field in the opening half. He finished
the game hitting on 9-of-20.

Tech students were given white T-shirts with "The clock doesn't
stop at 800,'' a reference to the clock controversy and Knight's
recent career-win milestone. The person who ran the clock has been
replaced.

Knight has voiced his displeasure about the incident, saying he
believed Oklahoma should forfeit the game.

"What they did or didn't do up there has disturbed me more than
anything that I've experienced in college athletics,'' Knight said
on a weekly Dallas radio show.

After Saturday's game, Sampson defended Oklahoma in the clock
controversy.

"Our integrity is beyond reproach,'' he said.