After watching the tape of his team's 79-71 loss Wednesday at Oklahoma State, one thing stuck out to Texas Tech's Chris Beard.

The second-year coach pointed out what his team lacked in the second half: focus and energy.

"It's obvious what their game plan is: They're going to try to run down and shoot a shot before we can set our defense," Beard said of the Cowboys, who made 7 of 14 3-point shots in the second half. "In three of those six shots they hit, we literally had four players doing exactly what you're supposed to do. And one player takes a play off. And it's not like taking a play off to come over and get a drink of water. It's literally instead of sprinting those first three steps, 'Let me look around and then sprint.' That small detail will just hurt you at this level of competition."

It certainly hurt the Red Raiders (22-6 overall, 10-5 in the Big 12), who, after taking a 37-35 lead right after halftime, gave up a 14-0 run that allowed the Cowboys to build a 49-37 lead they never relinquished.

Oklahoma State (16-12, 6-9) finished 11 of 22 from the 3-point line. Seven of those makes were in the second half.

"If a team shoots the ball like they did, it's going to be a long night anyway," Beard said. "But that, combined with the fact that I didn't like our focus and intensity the first couple of minutes, it just eventually beat us."

With a couple of practice days, Beard is hoping his Texas Tech players can sharpen their minds before a 3:15 p.m. Saturday game against No. 8 Kansas at United Supermarkets Arena.

The Jayhawks (22-6, 11-4) are similar to Oklahoma State in that they tout several players who can shoot the 3 well.

Svi Mykhailiuk (45 percent, 88 of 196), Devonte' Graham (41 percent, 84 of 202), Lagerald Vick (39 percent, 45 of 116) and Malik Newman (36 percent, 50 of 138) are just a few names.

"When that ball goes up, the team that plays the best is going to win," Beard said. "And to play the best, at this level of competition, you've got to be willing to play as hard as you possibly can. And then you've got to play the game well.

"Even last night, we were playing hard but when you let Oklahoma State shoot six straight 3s to start the second half it's difficult to win. This game (against Kansas) is no different. We're going to have to play hard and we're going to have to play well."

Evans update

Tech guard Keenan Evans toughed it out Wednesday night against Oklahoma State.

The senior had two points, two rebounds and an assist in 25 minutes. Evans, who is dealing with a toe injury, is expected to get some rest.

Beard said Evans did not practice Thursday in order to keep him fresh for what's expected to be a big-time Big 12 showdown with No. 8 Kansas on Saturday.

"It's going to be one of those deals where we value the relationship between work and rest," Beard said. "But, really, he's no different than a lot of players in college basketball right now. Everybody is kind of banged up in some way. ... We'll just try to do the best job we can."

For now, rest appears to be the best form of action. But Evans is expected to persevere through the discomfort.

"He's in a situation where he's not making the injury any worse," Beard said. "So certainly, if there was a relationship where we could hold him out for a couple days to give him a better chance, obviously we'd be doing that. I've been doing this for a long time, and I'm going to do 100 percent what's in the best interest of the player. So in this deal, it's just a complicated deal. He's got a really, really bad situation with his toe. He's trying to fight though the pain. But we've been told by the doctors that he's not making it any worse by attempting to play through the pain."

Special guest

Along with ESPN College GameDay, the Red Raiders are expected to host a high-profile recruit over the weekend: Khavon Moore, a 6-foot-8, 185-pound forward, rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN and

Oklahoma and Texas Tech are reportedly in the running for the potential point-forward from Macon, Georgia.

Moore, who suffered a broken leg earlier this year, finished his high school career by eclipsing the 2,000-point mark and became the all-time leading scorer for the Westside Seminoles.