February 4, 2007

Longar, Carter too much for Texas Tech

Maybe it's fitting the way it ended against Bob Knight's Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday night in the Lloyd Noble Center. Fitting because the Red Raiders couldn't handle the inside duo of Longar Longar and Nate Carter during Oklahoma's 75-61 victory.

Carter led the Sooners with 24 points while Longar stepped up with his best big-game performance to date with 19 points of his own. But the main reason the Sooners were able to distance themselves from the hot shooting of Tech's Jarrius Jackson was because of Carter and Longar's ability to get to the free throw line down the stretch.

A Longar free throw with 4:38 gave the Sooners a 60-59 lead they would not relinquish as Carter took over the game from the free throw line.

Carter would make his way to the free throw line three times in the game's final four minutes sinking six-of-six shots. His final free shot gave the Sooners a commanding 70-61 lead with 1:14 remaining in the game.

It's a big weapon, just getting to the free throw line," said Jeff Capel of Carter's play down the stretch. "There's an art to that. Nate's been very good there. "He's a guy you can put out in different spots on the floor. You can post him and he has an uncanny ability of getting fouled using pump fakes and things like that. You put him on the perimeter with a bigger guy and he's able to drive and get hand checks."

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