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Texas Tech holds off Texas 59-53

Win ended an 11-game losing streak to the Longhorns

Posted: March 8, 2014 - 5:59pm  |  Updated: March 9, 2014 - 1:27am
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Texas Tech's Jordan Tolbert dunks ahead of Texas' Martez Walker(24) and teammate Jaye Crockett(30) during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. (Zach Long/AJ Media)  Zach Long
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Texas Tech's Jordan Tolbert dunks ahead of Texas' Martez Walker(24) and teammate Jaye Crockett(30) during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. (Zach Long/AJ Media)
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Texas Tech men’s basketball sent its seniors out in style with a 59-53 victory over Texas, the first home finale win in 10 years for the Red Raiders.

It also ended an 11-game losing streak to the Longhorns.

“I’m really happy for our seniors to get this win,” head coach Tubby Smith said. “It’s always a memorable moment when you can win your last home game in your career. No one deserves it more than Jaye Crockett. He’s put in a lot of hours on this court and a lot of time in this arena. I’m just happy and proud that I had the good fortune to coach him.”

Crockett made the most of his final game in United Spirit Arena with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

“It was perfect,” Crockett said. “Well, the only way it could be better was if it was A&M. Nah, I’m kidding. It’s great. That’s who you want to play if you’re at Tech. You want to beat those Longhorns, especially on your home court.”

His biggest shot of the afternoon came with less than two minutes to play as he netted a three with time running out on the shot clock.

On the next possession, junior forward Jordan Tolbert sank a trey of his own, marking his 1,000th career point as a Red Raider.

“JT’s was huge,” Crockett said. “I knew he was going to shoot it. ... He gave me that look like ‘I’m going to shoot this no matter if there’s 35 seconds or two seconds left on the shot clock.’ He sank it, and we needed it. It really sealed the game.”

At that point, Tech held a seven-point advantage over the Longhorns.

The Red Raiders have been in similar situations this season and were 5-10 in contests decided by 10 points or less.

“The ball bounced our way this time,” Smith said. “It hasn’t done that much this year. We’ve been snake bit in some ways. I tell our team all the time, ‘Good teams make plays. Don’t wait for it to happen.’”

Texas Tech won the 50-50 balls in the final minutes and capitalized off of a handful of Texas turnovers.

“Coach is always telling us at the end of the game that we can’t play 35 or 39 minutes; we have to play for 40,” Crockett said. “I think we did that tonight. That’s when you need everybody to come together in the last five minutes, buckle down and give it your all. You don’t get these games back.”
Sophomore Dusty Hannahs went 4-for-4 from the free throw line with 25 seconds left in the game to give the Red Raiders some insurance.

Overall, Tech averaged 43.8 percent from the floor and was led by Crockett’s 22, followed by Tolbert with 11.

The Longhorns averaged only 35.1 percent.

Freshman guard Martez Walker led the Longhorns with 13 points followed by sophomore center Cameron Ridley with 12.

“We put together two good defensive halves,” Smith said. “Most teams have really hurt us in the second half. Today I’m sure Texas was averaging a lot more points in the second half than we allowed. We held them to only 30 in the second half and it was huge.”


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Great win for Texas Tech and Marcus Dumb flops

Great stunt by the Iowa State students to do a massive in unison flop making fun of Marcus Liar Dumb Flop

O $$$$ U is 8th seed in the Big 12 tournament. What a joke of a team and program.


Tubby Smith

Tubby Smith should be coach of the year in the Big12.


Hey krista. What's up with

Hey krista. What's up with the rest of the article? George already put out his baseball article. Why does it take you so long? Love it when we beat the shorthorns so I like to read all I can. I'm sure the Austin American statesman already has theirs out and their team lost.



What are the overall records of the two teams?



Well, looks like the girls team will have company for spring break at lovely Crystal Falls Park, just east of Crosbyton. OSU will provide a "one and done" party & no I'm not an OSU fan either!!!!

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