Longhorns Escape Lubbock With Win

Texas survived a road scare Saturday, using a 10-0 run in the final minutes of overtime to overcome a feisty Texas Tech team 71-67.

Like in the first matchup, Texas took control early. The Longhorns had a double-digit lead at halftime, and actually owned a 12-point advantage with less than 18 minutes left to go. But less than 10 minutes later, the tables were turned, with the Red Raiders taking a 44-43 lead, thanks to a 20-7 run.

That burst was aided by Tech shifting its defense to a box-and-one and triangle-and-two, largely designed to get the ball out of Texas star guard J'Covan Brown. The strategy worked wonders. From the 17:57 mark to less than three minutes remaining, Texas made just four field goals, two off offensive rebounds, and one in transition. So it was somewhat remarkable that when Julien Lewis hit a layup with 2:39 remaining, it put the Longhorns up one.

And the Longhorns had a chance to about clinch the game late from the free throw line. But Clint Chapman and Julien Lewis each went 1-for-2 from the line with less than 30 seconds left. Lewis's make put Texas up 59-55 with 21 seconds remaining.

But it took Tech just five seconds of game clock to tie the game. Brown fouled Jordan Tolbert with 20 seconds left, and Tolbert made both free throws. Then Lewis turned the ball over, leading to a jumper from Javarez Willis with 16 seconds left. Lewis turned the ball over a second time with five seconds left, leading to a final break where Jaye Crockett missed the potential game-winner, sending the game into overtime.

Tech continued that momentum into overtime, taking a 67-61 edge with 2:21 remaining on a pair of Luke Adams free throws.

Now, it was the Longhorns' turn to show fight. Texas ended the game on a 10-0 run in the final 2:16, starting with a pair of Brown free throws, followed 30 seconds later by a Lewis three-pointer. Kabongo went 1-for-2 from the line to tie it, then Texas took the lead with nine seconds remaining when Brown stole the ball, then found Lewis for a layup. Tech turned the ball over, Brown hit two free throws and Adams missed a final three-pointer.

Lewis led the Longhorns in points with 15 and rebounds with seven. Kabongo had 12 points and eight assists. Brown scored 14, but was just 4-of-13 from the field and 1-of-7 from the three-point line. He had four assists, but also four turnovers. And Chapman added a 12 and seven.

Tech was paced by Crockett with 16, Willis and Tolbert with 15. Tolbert added nine rebounds.

Texas Tech fell to 8-20 and 1-15 in conference play with the loss. Texas meanwhile, was able to keep itself on the tournament bubble by upping its record to 18-11, and 8-8 in the Big 12. Texas has two games left, Wednesday against the Sooners and at Kansas on Saturday.

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