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'Every game’s huge': Sooners get much-needed victory over Texas Tech

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard tried everything. Even a full line change.

With 8:37 left in a game slipping away from the Red Raiders, Beard substituted all five players. The message was obvious. Tech was going to go all in on hellacious defense. The Red Raiders were about to turn on the pressure.

Only trouble was, the Sooners never turned it off.

With a superb defensive game led by backup center Kua Kuath, OU beat 22nd-ranked Tech 65-51 Tuesday night at Chesapeake Arena in a game huge for Sooner fortunes.

In desperate need of another marquee victory, OU dominated, relieving some of the burden created by a three-game losing streak.