The first half was punctuated with extended runs from both teams. Texas Tech started the game with an 8-0 run, which they eventually extended to a 13-point lead. Baylor came to life with a 9-0 run to make the score 24-20. Both teams played close for the remainder of the half. Baylor led 36-32 at the half.
Baylor started the half like they finished the first. The Bears went on an 6-0 run to extend their lead to 42-32 early in the second half. The Red raiders fought back throughout the half, finally getting within striking distance in the closing minutes of the game. Andre Emmett scored 8 straight points to give Texas Tech the lead. The game-winning shot was a tip-in with just 12.4 seconds left in the game. Kasib Powell hit 2 free-throws in the closing seconds to guarantee the victory. Texas Tech won by a final score of 68-65.
All season Texas Tech has been able to win games whenever a third player contributes on offense. Tonight that player was Nathan Doudney, who scored 12 points, all from behind the three-point line. Andre Emmett had another outstanding offensive game with 23 points. His offensive play in the closing minutes gave the Red Raiders the victory. Kasib Powell had a fine offensive performance, scoring 20 points in the game. Things will get significantly tougher against the Longhorns on Friday. If the Red Raiders can find a third scoring option, they should at least stay in the game.
Last time these two teams met Baylor was unstoppable on the inside. Tonight the Red Raiders did an excellent job containing the Baylor post players. The only downside of this strategy was that Baylor had excellent shooting from behind the arc. Baylor almost got the victory thanks to their outside shooting, but they went cold a couple of times, allowing Texas Tech to steal the victory. Texas Tech will have an even tougher task against the Longhorns tomorrow night.