In order to avoid their first two game losing streak in almost one
year, this Lobo team had to do what has never been done before, win in
the United Spirit Arena. Mission accomplished.
The Lobos beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders 61-60 and as the score suggests it was not easy. The Lobos did not lead in the game until the 15:24 mark of the second half but never gave up the lead once they got it.
The Lobos started Tony Snell for the first time because Kendall Williams was serving a punishment for being late for the team bus. They also started very slowly. By the time Tony Snell made the Lobos first field goal at the 15:30 mark, Tech had already established a 14-3 lead. The lead would eventually grow to 25-10, even with the Lobos substituting to find a combination that would work against Tech.
The Lobos never stopped playing hard, as evidenced by an incredible save by both Chad Adams and Drew Gordon. Adams chased the ball out of bounds, threw it to Drew Gordon who was also going out of bounds, who caught it and threw it into Tony Snell getting possession for the Lobos. As was characteristic of the first half, the Lobos did not score after saving the ball.
Shortly after, the Lobos went on a 9-0 run, which stretched to a
16-2 run, finally getting the Lobos to end the first half down 33-27
after outscoring Tech 17-8. The Lobos started the second half the
way they ended the first half, outscoring Tech, this time 13-2 taking a
40-35 lead before Tech's second field goal of the half.
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The Lobo lead stretched to as many as 8 and as little as zero before the game ended with the Lobos on top 61-60 when Tech's final shot did not go in.
Plenty of Lobos stepped up in this game making the win possible. Tony Snell getting his first start, scoring and taking care of the ball with no turnovers. Phillip McDonald hitting some big shots and flying around the court making an incredible almost rebound off of a missed Tech free throw. Hardeman playing effective defense on Mike Singletary and Drew Gordon grabbing every rebound in sight.
In the end the Lobos left Lubbock with a win for the first time in 17 years and the first time ever in the United Spirit Arena. Next the 11-2 Lobos will play the 11-3 Dayton Flyers in Dayton on Saturday, January 1st, at 12:00 pm MST.
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