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Texas Tech fans packed Texas' home arena.

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They sang "The Eyes of Texas" from the rooftops and booed it. They sang "De-fense!" on every critical possession. They yelled when the Longhorns released a late-air ball.

The No. The No. 11 Red Raiders players marched out of the building Saturday with a 61–55 win. This was all made sweeter by the fact that this old rivalry, once simmering low, has been boiling over the past season.

Bryson Williams scored 17 and Texas Tech held off an attack by the No. 20 Longhorns win the series and sweep regular-season.

The win earned the Red Raiders (21-6 and 10-4 Big 12) another hearty jab at Texas coach Chris Beard. Beard led Texas Tech for five seasons and brought them to the brink for a national title in 2019. However, he left for his alma mater this year.

Beard's departure from Lubbock campus, which had welcomed him, caused friction in Lubbock. Red Raiders fans in Lubbock booed Beard every time his face was on the arena videoboard.

Clarence Nadolny of the Red Raiders scored 14 points. "You don’t want to lose the guy who left you."

Texas Tech led Texas Tech by 10, with just under three minutes left before Texas pulled within 56-55. With 1:10 remaining, Andrew Jones' 3-pointer was the final Texas basket. Texas Tech won the free throws.

Texas Tech has won 9 of the 11 previous Texas Tech games over the Longhorns. They outmuscled one the most talented defensive teams in the country to win this one. The Red Raiders outscored Longhorns 26-10 in paint and won rebounding battle 45-36. Texas shot 28%.

Jones was the Longhorns' leading scorer with 20 (19-8, 8-6).

They don't give the trophy away in February. They do it in April. Beard stated that it's a "hurt locker room" right now but they'll be back.

From the beginning tip, the game was intense with elbows flying and bodies hitting the floor. Texas was also hit with an early flagrant violation. Dylan Disu, Longhorns forward, took an elbow to his nose and left the court with a towel covering his face. He returned later.

Texas Tech led by seven points twice in the first half, but Texas pulled back with three-pointers from Jones & Jase Febres.

The Longhorns were within three points of Febres' 3-pointer, but Nodalny responded with one at the other end. With just 3 minutes remaining, Texas rallied with free throws by Williams and Nadolny. Texas led 56 to 46.

Tech coach Mark Adams stated that "our teams are very physically, they play tough, and it was a battle out there." "This game was possession-by-possession."

LONG HAUL

Texas Tech is home to many fans, including those who live in Austin. Texas' home arena is just 375 miles away from the Tech campus. It takes a five-hour and 45-minute drive to get there.

BIG PICTURE

Texas Tech: Texas Tech's Red Raiders managed to generate a strong turnout, much to the dismay of Texas school officials. Texas suspended ticket sales on Thursday after it was discovered that a group Red Raiders fan were buying tickets through the school's box office, using an online code specifically for Longhorns buyers.

Adams stated, "It didn’t feel like a game on the road, seeing that sea red."

Texas: Texas Longhorns lost forward Tre Mitchell in their second game. Mitchell had earlier taken a Texas-specific leave of absence due to personal reasons. Mitchell, a UMass transfer, played in 17 games this season, scoring an average of 8.7 points per game and four rebounds. The school has not indicated whether Mitchell will be returning.

TIP-INS

Texas received very little offensively from its most reliable scorers. Forward Timmy Allen scored six points and grabbed two rebounds. Marcus Carr, the Guard, was scoreless on six shots and had only two assists. He also committed four turnovers. Texas' 16 offensive rebound nearly equaled Tech's 17. The Red Raiders had 15 second-chance points, while the Longhorns only scored six.

FREE THROWS

Texas Tech missed starting 3 of 8 free throws, but then made 12 consecutive free throws and finished at 20 of 29. Texas was able to enter the shooting bonus after just 9 minutes. The Longhorns would not get back to the line until they were down by 10, with 2:44 remaining.

NEXT

Texas Tech will host Oklahoma Tuesday.

TCU hosts Texas on Thursday


 

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