Kevin Obanor and Adonis Arms finish in double digits as No. 19 Texas Tech beats Oklahoma State

Texas Tech’s Adonis Arms has fun playing basketball.

The 6-foot-5 guard displayed as much as he performed a turnover dunk against the No. 1 Baylor Bears, helping spur an upset victory over the Big 12 foes earlier in the week.

Two days later he showed he could provide a spark on the attacking side as well – draining 3 consecutive points to forge a 19-6 run to close out the first half and help the No.19 Red Raiders claim a 78- 57 win over Oklahoma State.

The Milwaukee native finished with 13 points and three rebounds while Kevin Obanor finished with a team-best 17 points with Bryson Williams (10 points, six rebounds) and Marcus Santos-Silva scoring his first double-double as the Red Raider with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Davion Warren also eclipsed the double-digit mark, completing a 3-point game to 11 points with 1:03 left in the contest.

“It builds confidence, but it was also one of those scary games,” Santos-Silva said of the confidence gained from beating No. 1 Baylor and No. 6 Kansas before facing Oklahoma State. . “We beat Kansas and we beat Baylor and people expected that we were going to have a disappointment.

“Coaches were saying they don’t care about our effort and energy for Kansas and Baylor because it’s Kansas and Baylor. They were saying we need the same mentality when we play OK State because OK State can come in like last year and beat us here.”

Oklahoma State's Isaac Likekele (13) looks to pass the ball over Texas Tech's Kevin McCullar (15) during a Big 12 Conference game Thursday inside United Supermarkets Arena.

Before Arms’ back-to-back triples, Texas Tech seemed to let the Cowboys come back into the contest with poor possessions.

After trailing to 11 points, Oklahoma State narrowed the gap to less than a point after Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe split a pair of free throws with 5:29 left in the half.

Needing a basket, the Red Raiders found their answer in Arms – the Winthrop transfer.

Arms, who ended up in the corner, was on the money twice to help Texas Tech increase a one-point advantage to 29-22 in the span of about a minute.

Texas Tech's Bryson Williams (11) kicks the ball against Oklahoma State's Moussa Cisse (33) and Bryce Williams (14) during a Big 12 Conference game on Thursday inside United Supermarkets Arena.

Williams, who has also regained her confidence since the start of Big 12 play, added a spin shot from the low block to make it 31-22 with less than four minutes left before the break.

“It opens up a lot,” Santos-Silva said of his teammates making nine 3-point shots on the night. “When KO (Obanor) hits, it just shows the guys can’t help us down there.

“It just stretches the pitch more and we’re able to do more. … When we hit, it opens everything up for everyone in the team.”

Keylan Boone tried to trigger the Cowboys with a 3-pointer but Obanor responded with his own trey as the Red Raiders closed out the final three minutes on an 11-2 run to a 42-27 lead as the two teams entered the locker room.

“This isn’t my first venture into the Supermarkets Arena,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said of the Red Raiders’ run. “I saw these teams racing. I knew it would be a great environment here tonight. The crowd did a great job of fueling the team with energy and the team did a good job of harnessing that energy. in the building. .

“I was proud of our guys for not losing their temper early and fighting back to balance the game. And they responded like really good teams do.”

Texas Tech's Adonis Arms (25) holds his old shot after shooting a 3-pointer in the second half during Thursday's Big 12 Conference game against Oklahoma State inside the United Supermarkets Arena .  Arms made three triples to 13 points overall.

Texas Tech continued to play well in the second half, keeping the Oklahoma State offense at bay en route to the 10th home win of the season.

Mylik Wilson, who returned after undergoing minor knee surgery and rehabilitation on Tuesday, provided his own scoring game by driving to the left side of the basket and finishing with a one-handed dunk to give the Red Raiders a 54 lead. -36.

“That’s probably the only negative thing about tonight’s game. We just didn’t hold that lead,” Texas Tech coach Mark Adams said. “But I was proud that these guys were fighting. There were a couple of times where Oklahoma State came back into the game, but someone on that team made big plays. … I thought that’s was a great team effort.”

Texas Tech inflated the scoring gap to 21 points against Oklahoma State, which shot 32 percent from the floor and 29 percent from the three-point line.

Bryce Thompson finished the night with 14 points to lead the Cowboys on offense.

“Pretty simple. Texas Tech has been great,” Boynton said. “Tonight is about them. They played well, they made us play badly. And obviously they’re really confident right now and deserve to be.

“We have a lot to work on and improve on. Hats off to coach Mark Adams, his staff and his players for tonight’s performance.”

Oklahoma State's Bryce Thompson (1) is guarded by Texas Tech's Adonis Arms (25) during a Big 12 Conference game Thursday inside the United Supermarkets Arena.

And after?

The No. 19 Texas Tech is scheduled to face Kansas State at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the contest set to air on ESPN2.

Oklahoma State is scheduled to take on No. 1 Baylor at 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.



Cisse 3-3 2-4 8, Anderson 0-6 2-2 2, Likekele 1-5 4-4 6, Thompson 5-11 3-6 14, Bryc.Williams 2-9 0-0 6, Ke.Boone 2-10 0-0 6, Moncrieffe 3-5 3-4 9, Walker 1-5 0-0 3, Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Ka.Boone 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 18-56 15-22 57.


Obanor 6-8 2-5 17, Brys.Williams 3-7 4-4 11, Arms 5-12 0-0 13, McCullar 1-6 4-4 7, Warren 5-9 1-2 12, Nadolny 0- 2 2-3 2, Santos-Silva 5-7 0-1 10, Wilson 2-2 0-0 4, Batcho 0-1 0-0 0, Agbo 0-1 0-0 0, Allen 1-1 0- 0 2, Timperman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-56 13-19 78.

Halftime_Texas Tech 42-27. 3-Point Goals_Oklahoma St. 6-21 (Bryc.Williams 2-5, Ke.Boone 2-9, Walker 1-3, Thompson 1-4), Texas Tech 9-23 (Obanor 3-5, Arms 3-6 , Warren 1-1, Brys.Williams 1-3, McCullar 1-4, Agbo 0-1, Batcho 0-1, Nadolny 0-2). Rebounds_Oklahoma St. 36 (Moncrieffe, Smith 6), Texas Tech 32 (Santos-Silva 10). Assists_Oklahoma St. 12 (Anderson, Bryc.Williams, Moncrieffe 3), Texas Tech 13 (McCullar 4). Total Fouls_Oklahoma St. 18, Texas Tech 16. A_14,853 (15,098).

Martin E. Berry