Smith Disappointed In Lack of Execution

Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith took the blame Wednesday night for the lack of execution on the final offensive possession as the Red Raiders missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and lost 71-69 to LSU.

Texas Tech junior guard Robert Turner put up a desperation 3-pointer with two LSU Tigers in his face at the final buzzer.

The shot did not go down and for the first time of the 2013-14 season, the Red Raiders lost at home. Granted LSU is a talented team coached by their own alum, Johnny Jones, Tubby Smith feels he is at fault for the loss.

"That was not drawn up that way," Smith said. "But that was my fault. We drew it up. We didn't practice it today, but we're practicing it tomorrow."

After a shot clock violation by LSU, Smith called a timeout with 10.2 seconds remaining. The Red Raiders were down 71-69. Coming out of the play, Turner received the ball and dribbled around with two LSU players on him in front of the Texas Tech bench. With the clock winding down, Turner had no choice but to put up a three-point shot.

During the post game press conference Smith admitted he did not call the play that transpired on the final possession and detailed the play he drew up.

"No. It wasn't even close," Smith said. "There was actually supposed to be three screens set. I don't think one was set. Rob was supposed to turn the corner. It was a two-point game. There was supposed to be an option of a screen, then a flare screen, then a re-screen. I promise you there wasn't one set and then to shoot a fall-away three? No."

Turner said LSU rolled the dice.

"You come off the guard on the wing and you set the screen," Turner said. "The dude was still around me. They kind of overplayed it. You know, they played it well. It was ten seconds, so you can gamble like that a little bit. I saw the time going down and you know, as a player, you just got to do what you got to do. I stepped back and tried to shoot the shot for the win and it just didn't go my way this time."

The loss drops Tech to 7-4. The Red Raiders entered the game 6-0 in the United Spirit Arena. Tubby Smith's squad will now go on the road Saturday to face Arizona State.

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