Red Raiders Fall to Longhorns, 76-71

The postseason hopes of the Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-9, 6-8) took a serious blow as the Red Raiders lost to the Texas Longhorns (20-5, 11-3). Texas Tech's Will Chavis led all scorers with 21 points.

Defense dominated the game early, with both teams having trouble from the field. Neither team was able to get an advantage until Texas went on a 9-3 run in the closing minutes of the half. Texas led 37-33 at the half.

The second half started off much like the first, but the Longhorns used a 10-2 run to take a 54-44 lead. The Red Raiders closed the gap several times, but they were unable to take the lead. Texas was able to hit their free throws down the stretch, giving them a 76-71 victory.

Offense

Coming into this game the red Raiders knew they needed someone besides Andre Emmett and Kasib Powell to provide some offense. Will Chavis answered the call, scoring a game high 21 points, including 4 three pointers. Andre Emmett had another big offensive game scoring 20 points. Kasib Powell contributed 11 points and 6 assists. This offensive performance was almost enough, but the lack of scoring from the Texas Tech big men was a problem. The Red raiders played well, but they're not quite ready to beat top 10 teams.

Defense

Once again, the Red raider defense almost earned Texas Tech a victory. The balanced offense of the Longhorns was a problem early in the game, but the Red Raiders played very effectively for a majority of the game. The lack of scoring from the post players caused the Red Raiders to rely on a smaller lineup. This worked well on the offensive end, but the physical Longhorns took advantage of the size differential on the offensive end of the court. The defense did their job, but they just didn't have the offensive support to win the game.


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