Gotcher scores 24 as Texas Tech beats Oklahoma St. 71-61

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Toddrick Gotcher scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the second half to help Texas Tech defeat Oklahoma State 71-61 Saturday night for its fourth straight win.

Gotcher, a senior guard who had scored double-digit points in just two of his previous 11 games, made 7 of 10 shots, including 5 of 7 3-pointers, to spark the Red Raiders (17-9, 7-7 Big 12). Aaron Ross had 12 points and nine rebounds and Matthew Temple matched a season high with 11 points for Tech, which continued to improve its case for an NCAA Tournament bid. The Red Raiders were coming off consecutive victories over Top 25 squads Iowa State, Baylor and Oklahoma.

Jeff Newberry scored 16 points and Leyton Hammonds added 15 for Oklahoma State (12-15, 3-11), which has lost seven of nine. The Cowboys made 14 of 30 3-pointers.

Texas Tech outscored Oklahoma State 21-5 at the free-throw line.

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