Tech Gets To Celebrate Twice

It was so nice, why not do it twice? After a bang-bang 3-pointer by Texas Tech's Mike Singletary prompted the Red Raider fans to storm the court, only to be told by the officials the basket didn't count, Tech wouldn't be denied in overtime.

John Roberson's 25 points, including 13-13 from the free throw line, paced the Red Raiders (8-0) as they defeated the No. 10 Washington Huskies 99-92 in overtime Thursday night at United Spirit Arena. Singletary added 16, while forward Brad Reese - normally averaging 5.6 points per game, chipped in with a career-high 17, including three first-half 3-pointers.

The home team never had any designs on going to extra time, as two missed free throws by the Huskies' Elston Turner allowed Texas Tech one last chance at regulation glory. Singletary drove to the right of the basket, stepped back and hoisted a 3-pointer over Turner. As he released the shot, the clock registered triple zeros.

The ball went through the net and bedlam ensued as the Tech fans raced to celebrate with their team at center court. But the referees were poised to watch the replay, and ultimately decided that the ball didn't leave Singletary's hand before the clock ran out.

The game was delayed for roughly 10 minutes while maintenance cleared off the floor for debris. In the overtime, Tech took the advantage but the Huskies, who had to claw back from a nine-point halftime deficit to force extra time, kept hanging on - mostly due to senior Quincy Pondexter. His made free throw with 1:20 left knotted the game back up at 89.

After a Tech score, the Huskies (5-1) had another chance to tie things up, but an errant in-bounds pass from Matthew Bryan-Amaning to Venoy Overton was stolen and a Roberson lay-up extended the Red Raiders' lead to four.

UW's Isaiah Thomas tried a 3-pointer with 30.8 seconds left that ended up out of bounds. From there Tech was able to salt away their victory, prompting chants of 'overrated' toward Washington, as well as a second rush of the court after the overtime period.

The Huskies were led by the 31 points of Pondexter - a career-high - while Thomas added 18. Turner was 3-7 from 3-point territory, chipping in 15 points. Bryan-Amaning was the only other Husky in double-figures with 10.
Statistics:
Points: Pondexter 31, Thomas 18, Turner 15, Bryan-Amaning 10, Overton 9, Gant 7, Trent 2
Rebounds: Gant 11, Pondexter 8, Bryan-Amaning 6, Thomas 5, Turner 4, Trent 3, Holiday 1
Assists: Thomas 3, Pondexter 2, Overton 2, Gant 1, Holiday 1, Bryan-Amaning 1
Steals: Overton 6, Thomas 2, Pondexter 1, Turner 1
Blocks: Bryan-Amaning 4, Pondexter 1, Holiday 1, Thomas 1


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