NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- Hollis Price rescued the Oklahoma Sooners.
Price's off-balance jumper at the buzzer after a court-length dash forced overtime and sparked the seventh-ranked Sooners to a 69-64 Big 12 Conference victory over No. 25 Texas Tech.
Oklahoma has won 32 straight home games - the second-longest current streak in the country - and eight of its last 10 overtime contests. But this one would not have been possible without Price.
Price scored 23 points, including five in the final minute of regulation and five more in the extra session. He played most of the second half with a mouse under his right eye, courtesy of a shot from Texas Tech's Nick Valdez.
The Red Raiders appeared poised for the upset as they took a 58-55 lead with 35 seconds left on a spinning hook shot by Kasib Powell, who scored 19 points.
On the ensuing trip, Price drew a foul while attempting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws around a timeout, tying it with 22 seconds to go.
"There is not a kid in this world that I would rather have at the line shooting those free throws," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said.
Will Chavis was fouled and made a pair from the line to give Tech a two-point lead with 4.5 seconds remaining. Price nearly slipped as he took the inbounds pass, sped up the right side, almost lost control as he dribbled across the circle and put up a jumper that dropped through as the horn sounded, sending the Lloyd Noble Center crowd into pandemonium.
"(Coach) wanted Kevin (Bookout) to take the ball out quickly and get it to me so I could use my speed," Price said. "That's what happened. Kevin made a great pass. I almost slipped and fell, but I kept my balance and hit the shot."
"Hollis is about as good as it gets," said Sampson, who improved to 375-225 in 600 games as a coach. At Oklahoma, he is 199-77.
After the shot dropped, Texas Tech coach Bob Knight sat back in his seat and sighed.
"Price just made a tremendous play," said Knight, who was denied his 799th win. "We tried to contain him. During the timeout, we told our kids that four seconds was enough time to get a shot off."
Price wasn't done, opening overtime with a pair of foul shots. The teams traded baskets before Price gave Oklahoma (12-3, 3-1 Big 12) a 67-62 lead with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:46 remaining.
Andre Emmett's follow shot made it a three-point game, but Texas Tech (11-3, 1-2) did not score again. Powell missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Oklahoma's Quannas White made two foul shots, Valdez missed a 3-pointer and Price gleefully dribbled out the final seconds.
Bookout scored 15 points and White added 10 for the Sooners, who shot 43 percent (25-of-58) from the field and made seven 3-pointers.
Emmett scored 17 points and Chavis added 13 for the Red Raiders, who shot 46 percent (27-of-59) and made just one 3-pointer.
Bookout scored 10 points in the first half as Oklahoma inched ahead, 29-28. In the second half, Valdez hit Price in the face during a transition play, dropping the 6-1 guard to the floor.
"There wasn't really a difference," Price said. "My vision was a little blurry."
Valdez was booed every time he touched the ball for the rest of the game. But the Red Raiders played through it, taking a 56-55 lead after Ronald Ross forced a turnover and cashed in his only basket of the game with 1:29 remaining.
After Jabahri Brown missed a follow dunk, Powell threw in his hook before Price took over.
The Sooners have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the schools. They have not lost at home since a 69-61 defeat to Kansas on January 13, 2001.