Red Raiders upset #5 Texas

After suffering a 44 piont loss to Texas A&M on Wednesday, the Red Raiders rebounded in resounding fashion, knocking off the 5th ranked Texas Longhorns at the United Spirit Arena, 83-80. Behind the deafening cheers of an invigorated home crowd and the leadership of Martin Zeno and Alan Voskuil, Texas Tech took their first lead of the game with 1:04 left in the first half and never looked back.

After suffering a 44 piont loss to Texas A&M on Wednesday, the Red Raiders rebounded in resounding fashion, knocking off the 5th ranked Texas Longhorns at the United Spirit Arena, 83-80. Behind the deafening cheers of an invigorated home crowd and the leadership of senior Martin Zeno and junior Alan Voskuil, Texas Tech took their first lead of the game with 1:04 left in the first half and never relinquished the lead.

Texas pulled within 3 with 13 seconds left in the game, but Alan Voskuil hit six free throws in a row to clinch the win for the Red Raiders.

Due to the embarrassing defeat at College Station, Pat Knight and his staff "put [the team] through basically hell these last two days," according to senior Charlie Burgess. Pat explained, "I honestly believe they wished my dad hadn't retired. I think it showed today because of the way they competed."

Burgess went on, "We survived it as a team, and we're back in the locker room, back out of the dungeon."

Pat's tough love approach worked, and he was extremely pleased with his team's efforts on Saturday. "I haven't ever been this proud of a group of guys, even guys I played with… We redeemed ourselves."

Coach Knight also explained that the game plan facing the Longhorns was simple- score. "From a game standpoint, we were just going to take it at them… If you're open, just shoot it."

The game plan was successful, with the Red Raiders shooting 52% from the field and 50% from the three-point arc during the first half. Although their hot shooting cooled in the second half, Tech connected on 24 of 29 free throw attempts, which ultimately secured the win.

Voskuil lead the Red Raider with 18 points and was a perfect 10 of 10 from the charity stripe. Zeno scored 15 points and pulled down 8 boards. Charlie Burgess and Trevor Cook also put up big numbers, each adding 14 points.

Texas point guard D.J. Augustin was spectacular, scoring 30 points and leading the comeback effort, but ultimately it was not enough.

With the victory, the Red Raiders go to 7-7 in conference play and 16-12 overall. Texas Tech will only be able to enjoy the upset momentarily, as they head to Kansas to faceoff with the #7 Jayhawks on Monday.



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