In the game in Austin, Texas seemed to be on the verge of putting the game away, Texas Tech roared back to take a lead and Texas was able to squeeze a game out late. And this one seemed to follow suit, with Texas getting up 44-37 with 9:23 remaining and Tech putting together a 12-4 run to take a 49-48 lead late. That's when Tech used the back-to-back Crockett and Tolbert threes to stretch the Red Raider lead into a 55-48 advantage heading into the final minute.
Both Texas's seven-point lead, and Texas Tech's ensuing seven-point edge, represented each team's largest margin over the course of the game.
The Red Raiders held on from that point to grab their first win over the Longhorns in Lubbock since 2008.
It was a rough overall shooting performance for the Longhorns, who made just 35.1 percent of their field goal attempts, 22.2 percent of their three-pointers and 9-of-17 free throws (52.9 percent). It was particularly tough for Texas backcourt duo Isaiah Taylor and Javan Felix, who combined to shoot 4-for-21 from the field. Felix made just 1-of-7 threes, with his lone make coming on a long shot with 11 seconds left and the Longhorns trailing 57-50. The four-point Tech lead after Felix's shot was as close as the Longhorns came.
In fact, Texas's lone long-distance presence came from freshman Martez Walker, who scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in his 19 minutes, making 3-of-7 three-pointers.
Walker was one of just tow Longhorns in double figures, along with Cameron Ridley, who battled for 12 points and five rebounds.
Texas junior forward Jonathan Holmes, who missed Texas's last game with a knee injury, logged 21 minutes off the bench, scoring seven points and grabbing seven rebounds. Connor Lammert started in his absence, scoring four points and grabbing nine boards in 26 minutes.
Texas (22-9, 11-7 Big 12) closed out its regular season tied for third in the Big 12 standings, and the Longhorns will get the No. 3 seed in next week's Big 12 Tournament based on a tiebreaker over Iowa State. Texas Tech (14-17, 6-12) was locked into the No. 9 seed heading in, and the Red Raiders will play Oklahoma State, the No. 8 seed, in the opening round on Wednesday.
Texas won't play until Thursday, when the Longhorns will take on No. 6 seed West Virginia, a team the 'Horns swept this season. Tip for that game is set for 8:30 p.m.