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Red Raiders follow Baylor victory with road win at TCU, 60-49

Hannahs, Kravic help the Red Raiders to victory

Posted: January 18, 2014 - 9:05pm  |  Updated: January 19, 2014 - 1:27am
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TCU center Karviar Shepherd (1) is unable to sink a dunk and is also called for a technical foul for hanging on to the rim during the first half against Texas Tech during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. Texas Tech won 60-49. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Max Faulkner) MAGS OUT (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT  Max Faulkner
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TCU center Karviar Shepherd (1) is unable to sink a dunk and is also called for a technical foul for hanging on to the rim during the first half against Texas Tech during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. Texas Tech won 60-49. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Max Faulkner) MAGS OUT (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT
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FORT WORTH — Just before Saturday’s game against TCU, Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith pulled out the golf analogy to demonstrate what a loss to the Horned Frogs would do to the impact of his team’s victory Wednesday over No. 12 Baylor.

It would be like following a birdie with a bogey.

Instead, the Red Raiders followed it with an eagle. An ugly eagle, but an eagle nonetheless.

Dusty Hannahs came off the bench to score 13 points, and Dejan Kravic had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Texas Tech to a 60-49 victory over TCU in a Big 12 Conference game at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

“No jokes, but it was serious,” Hannahs said, “because you come out and lose this game and it just doesn’t validate the win (on Wednesday).

“It’s really big. It helps the (Baylor) win not look like a coincidence.”

Robert Turner added 12 points for the Red Raiders (10-8, 2-3 in Big 12), who won their second straight league game and broke a 12-game road losing streak dating back to last year’s contest in Fort Worth. It also marks the first time Tech has won consecutive Big 12 games in 50 games and for the first time overall in 90 games.

“It’s just a sigh of relief,” Smith said. “I was really impressed with our kids’ toughness. They really toughed it out and showed a lot of courage. We made our free throws down the stretch, but we knew it would be a game.

“You’ve got to continually validate that you’re doing things (right). The only way to do that is in the game. You’ve got to continually correct those mistakes that we make, and then the team that makes the fewest mistakes usually wins the game.”

That was the Red Raiders, who outlasted the Horned Frogs (9-8, 0-5) in a game in which neither team shot the ball particularly well. Tech had 14 turnovers to just seven for the Horned Frogs, but was good enough in the other important areas to pull out the win.

TCU struggled mightily from the field, hitting on just 20.9 percent (9 of 43) and a dismal 3 of 18 from 3-point range.

Amric Fields and Karviar Shepherd had 15 points each to lead the Frogs, but Kyan Anderson and Jarvis Ray, who each average in double figures in scoring, were a combined 2 of 22 from the field and 1 of 9 from 3-point range.

The Red Raiders weren’t much better, hitting 34.9 percent (15 of 43) from the field. But they were solid at the free-throw line (16 of 20) and outrebounded TCU, 38-27.

About the only thing keeping the Horned Frogs in the contest was their free-throw shooting. They hit 12 of 14 in the first half and 21 of 24 for the game.

“We had opportunities, but it was tough,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said. “We just didn’t shoot the basketball tonight. From an offensive standpoint I thought our guys were just pressing a little bit shooting the basketball, and then we got tired.”

Despite the poor shooting night, the Horned Frogs led at halftime thanks to a 16-2 run from the 5:06 mark of the first half to intermission. Before that, TCU had just eight points, six from the free-throw line.

A Brandon Parrish 3-pointer with 49 seconds left in the first half gave the Horned Frogs their only lead of the game at 24-23 going into halftime. Tech, however, opened the second half with a 10-2 run and never trailed again.

Just as they did on Wednesday against the Bears, the Red Raiders had to fend off several TCU surges. The Horned Frogs got as close as 36-34 with 10:36 to play before a Hannahs 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down and a three-point play by Jaye Crockett put Tech up 42-36.

Tech then iced the game by going 12 of 15 from the free-throw line over the final 71/2 minutes as the Horned Frogs began fouling in an attempt to get the ball back. TCU was within 51-48 with under a minute remaining before Tech ended the game on a 9-1 run and headed back to Lubbock with, of all things, a winning streak.

“It gives us confidence that we can put together consecutive games and play with consistency, and that’s what we’re trying to get to,” Smith said. “We’re learning. We’re still a work in progress, but I like the direction we’re headed.”


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Texas Tech 60
TCU 49



Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Crockett 37 2-7 2-3 3 11 5 2 6

Tolbert 22 3-8 1-2 2 5 4 0 7

Kravic 33 4-12 4-6 7 10 3 1 12

Gotcher 37 1-5 6-9 0 2 2 1 8

Turner 25 4-7 4-4 0 3 4 2 12

Hannahs 22 2-4 7-7 0 0 3 1 13

Onwuasor 14 1-1 0-0 1 3 1 0 2

Tapsoba 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

J. Williams 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0

Foster 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0

Adams 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

1 7
Totals 200 17-45 24-31 14 41 24 7 60

TCU 49


Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Fields 35 3-10 8-10 3 8 4 1 15

Parrish 34 1-5 2-2 2 4 4 1 5

Shepherd 40 3-7 9-9 3 7 2 0 15

Anderson 37 1-12 4-6 1 2 2 1 7

Ray 34 1-10 3-4 2 5 5 1 5

M. Williams 10 1-3 0-0 0 0 2 0 2

Gore 4 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 0 0

Price 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

1 1
Totals 200 10-49 26-31 13 29 19 4 49

Texas Tech 23 37 — 60

TCU 24 25 — 49

Records: Texas Tech 10-8, 2-3 in Big 12; TCU 9-8, 0-5. Shooting percentages: Texas Tech 37.8% FG, 20.0% 3-pt. FG, 77.4% FT; TCU 20.4% FG, 14.3% 3-pt. FG, 83.9% FT. 3-point goals: Texas Tech 2-10 (Hannahs 2-2, Tolbert 0-1, J. Williams 0-1, Turner 0-2, Gotcher 0-2, Crockett 0-2), TCU 3-21 (Parrish 1-4, Fields 1-5, Anderson 1-5, M. Williams 0-1, Price 0-2, Ray 0-4). Steals: Texas Tech 5 (Crockett 2, Kravic, Turner, Gotcher), TCU 6 (Anderson 2, Ray 2, Fields, Shepherd). Blocked shots: Texas Tech 6 (Kravic 5, Crockett), TCU 4 (Shepherd 3, Fields). Turnovers: Texas Tech 15 (Kravic 3, Crockett 3, Onwuasor 2, Hannahs 2, Tolbert, Turner, Gotcher, Foster, team), TCU 7 (Anderson 3, Fields, Parrish, Shepherd, M. Williams). Technical foul: Shepherd. Officials: Kelly Self, Larry Spaulding, Bert Smith. Attendance: 6,055.

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What else is there to say?

I look forward to the rest of the season--and the due goes to Tubby and the guys.

Looks like we're going to be able to defend the house a little bit.

Go Tech!


Appreciate Your Hard Work

An ugly win is still a win. Keep grinding. Much respect to Coach Smith and his staff!


I too like the direction we are headed.

Crockett/Kravic are seniors. And there are no consistent scorers, so outworking and winning ugly are a must. Will be interesting to see how well recruiting goes the next few years.


This is not a young team.

Though not supremely talented or deep, Walker had this team going in the right direction. Mostly the same roster that improved last year, this team should be expected to win more than last seasons squad. This is a decent start, and look forward to seeing great effort put out.


what luck

These blind squirrels have found pecans two times in a row. Don't get too excited because "big boy basketball" will be upcoming pretty soon in the person of K-State, KU, OSU, UT; you get the picture.

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