Red Raiders Defeat Oklahoma State, 62-57

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-8, 6-7) kept their tournament hopes alive with a comeback victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-6, 9-4). Andre Emmett led all scorers with 28 points.

Neither team could find their shot early in the game, largely because of solid defense on both ends of the floor.  Oklahoma State broke the stalemate with a 15-4 run to close the half.  The Cowboys led 29-18 at the half.

 

It looked like the second half might be a repeat of the first until Texas Tech went on a 10-0 run to pull within 1-point with 12:56 remaining.  Both teams would play close for the rest of the game.  Oklahoma State closed to within 1-point, before a 4-0 run by the Red raiders sealed the victory.  Texas Tech won by a final score of 62-57.

 

Offense

 

This wasn't a great offensive game, but it was enough to beat a pretty good Oklahoma State team.  Texas Tech played pretty good on the offensive end during the final 17 minutes of play.  Andre Emmett had a huge game, scoring 28 points.  Kasib Powell supplied the rest of the Texas Tech offense, scoring 19 points.  Those two players were the story offensively.  The Red raiders weren't afraid to just feed the ball to their two offensive leaders for the entire game.  While this strategy worked tonight, it won't work against a team that has good inside players.

 

Defense

 

The Red Raiders played a pretty amazing game on the defensive end of the court.  The tone was set early in the game, when Texas Tech created a flurry of steals.  The Red raiders continued to play the passing lanes aggressively, leading to either turnovers or bad shots by the Cowboys.  Andre Emmett played one of the best defensive games of his career tonight.  Emmett was constantly jumping the passing lanes, leading to 6 steals.  The Texas Tech defense is ready to play against anyone in the Big 12, they just need a little more help from the offense if the Red Raiders are going to make it to the NCAA tournament.


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