Red Raiders Spoil Big 12 Debut for TCU|
Jaye Crockett led the Red Raiders in scoring for the ninth time this season.
January 5, 2013
Crockett's two free throws with 25 seconds left staved off a late TCU rally, and Hannahs hit 4 of 5 3-pointers.
Jordan Tolbert had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Red Raiders (8-4), who have won three in a row and were playing their first road game of the season. With the win, Chris Walker became the first Texas Tech head coach to win a conference opener on the road in his first season since Dell Morgan in 1933.
Devonta Abron, starting for the first time since Dec. 4, led the Horned Frogs (9-5, 0-1) with 16 points and seven rebounds. TCU had a three-game win streak snapped in its first conference game of its inaugural Big 12 season.
Texas Tech too its first lead of the game, 7-6, on a Hannahs 3-pointer with 16:30 to play in the first half. The Red Raiders never trailed again. They built its first-half lead to as much as 12 points on a Josh Gray layup, 23-11, with 7:41 to play, before heading into the half with a seven-point advantage, 29-22.
It was the first time Texas Tech had led at the half of a Big 12 game since leading Iowa State, 32-28, in Ames, Iowa, on Feb. 22 of last year.
Tech gradually extended its lead to as much as 16 points, 57-41, when Hannahs drained another 3-pointer with 5:20 to play in the game.
But it was at that point that TCU battled back thanks in part to a 12-1 run capped by Connell Crossland's tip-in with 39 seconds to play, cutting the Red Raider lead to five, 58-53.
Daylen Robinson and Crockett each netted a pair of free throws to seal the win for the Red Raiders.
The win snapped an 11-game Big 12 Conference road losing streak and a six-game Big 12 losing streak, It also marked the first time since 2007 that Texas Tech won its road opener and is above .500 in conference play.
Texas Tech returns to action on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Baylor at the United Spirit Arena.