Texas Tech trainer Chris Beard appreciated the sensation he were given in regards to the remaining sport earlier than March for his No. 18 Pink Raiders.
Numerous avid gamers contributing in several techniques, forged protection and a 68-59 win over No. 14 Texas on Saturday to finish a three-game shedding streak.
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“Two groups attempting actually exhausting, felt like a final day of February-type sport from our viewpoint,” Beard mentioned. “For the primary time shortly, we felt like we performed stretches of Texas Tech basketball. We get the 5 guys in double figures scoring, the stability offensively. We had any other low turnover sport nowadays …. after which our protection confirmed up the second one part once we wanted it maximum.”
Mac McClung had 16 issues to steer the Pink Raiders (15-Eight, 7-7 Large 12), and was once considered one of six other avid gamers who scored scored in a 19-6 run to open the second one part after the sport was once tied on the part. That spurt came around a just about nine-minute span when the Longhorns were given all in their issues on unfastened throws whilst lacking 11 pictures in a row.
Texas Tech had its greatest lead at 52-39 on a jumper by means of Marcus Santos-Silva with 11:29 left within the sport. The Longhorns (14-7, Eight-6) in any case were given that first box purpose of the second one part when Brock Cunningham made a Three-pointer.
“They performed with a actually excellent edge nowadays, they performed like a staff that actually had the reward of desperation,” Longhorns trainer Shaka Good mentioned. “And this time of yr, that’s an enormous, massive merit.”
Terrence Shannon Jr. had 11 issues for the Pink Raiders, whilst Santos-Silva, Kyler Edwards and Kevin McCullar every had 10. Santos-Silva had 9 rebounds as Tech gained for the primary time since Feb. 6 at Kansas State, a three-week span when additionally they had some video games postponed on account of COVID-19 problems for the opposing groups.
“It was once a will have to win, having our backs in opposition to the wall,” Santos-Silva mentioned. “And simply it was once simply large as a result of we have been in a position to get again to having a laugh.”
Jericho Sims had 11 issues to steer Texas, which performed the primary of 4 consecutive highway video games to finish the common season. That incorporates 3 make-up video games subsequent week. Matt Coleman III had 10 issues.
McClung had best 5 issues earlier than halftime, when he made consecutive baskets after steals by means of McCullar because the Pink Raiders scored 8 issues in simply over a minute to take their first lead. McClung had a fastbreak layup and a Three-pointer that made it 25-24.
The Longhorns had their greatest lead at 24-17 on a dunk by means of Andrew Jones with 6:09 left within the first part earlier than Edwards hit a Three-pointer for Tech and McCullar had the consecutive steals.
Coleman’s lengthy Three from the suitable wing in entrance of the Texas Tech bench on the finish of the primary part tied the sport, however the Longhorns have been undone by means of the struggles out of the damage.
“After they went on their run, they scored on both seven out of 8, or 8 out of 9 possessions. You’ll be able to’t permit that at the highway,” Good mentioned. “At the offensive finish, despite the fact that we shot 50% within the first part. I assumed the entire sport was once, we have been forcing some pictures earlier than we had to.”
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Texas: The Longhorns have had some wild swings of their remaining 3 video games. They blew a 19-point lead in the second one part at house remaining Saturday in an 84-82 loss to No. 10 West Virginia, then Tuesday had their greatest comeback of the season — from 14 issues down to overcome No. 17 Kansas and whole their first common season collection sweep of the Jayhawks. Texas may just triumph over a 13-point deficit in Lubbock, however did get inside of 59-56 after a dunk by means of Sims, then a thieve by means of Courtney Ramey that resulted in a Three-pointer by means of Jones.
Texas Tech: The Pink Raiders head into March and their 3 make-up video games — at house in opposition to TCU and Iowa State earlier than going to No. 2 Baylor — in any case again at .500 in Large 12 play. They have got gained seven of 8 in opposition to the Longhorns, together with in Austin on Jan. 13 when McClung hit a long-range jumper with Three seconds left for a 79-77 win.
The Longhorns and Pink Raiders might be ranked nearer to one another, with Texas prone to drop a place or two and Texas Tech possibly transferring up a place or two.
Texas performs at Iowa State on Tuesday.
Texas Tech is house in opposition to TCU on Tuesday evening.