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Texas Tech Falls to No. 6 Texas
 

 
Texas Tech's Jon Plefka is guarded by Texas' Conner Atchley in the first half of an NCAA basketball game Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo, Joe Don Buckner)
 
Texas Tech's Jon Plefka is guarded by Texas' Conner Atchley in the first half of an NCAA basketball game Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo, Joe Don Buckner)
 

Feb. 6, 2006

Box Score

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- P.J. Tucker scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds to lead No. 6 Texas to a 65-44 victory over Texas Tech on Monday night, giving the Longhorns a school-record seven straight 20-win seasons.

It was Tucker's ninth double-double of the season, and his rebound total was just five shy of what the Red Raiders got as a team.

LaMarcus Aldridge, who struggled the last two games with foul trouble, had 17 points and 11 rebounds -- his 11th double-double of the season -- while Kenton Paulino added 10 points for the Longhorns.

Texas (20-3, 8-1 Big 12) beat the Red Raiders 80-46 last month. This was only the second home loss for Texas Tech (12-11, 4-5) this season. They lost to Louisiana Tech 68-53 in early December.

The Longhorns were in control from the start, building a 32-21 halftime lead. They were up 38-23 on a basket by Aldridge with 17:20 remaining. Texas Tech got within 43-34 on consecutive baskets by Jarrius Jackson, but the Longhorns went on a 17-6 run to go up 60-40 with 6:30 remaining.

Texas Tech had just two field goals over the final 9 minutes and was outrebounded 50-22.

The Longhorns entered the game allowing 59.2 points per game and opponents were shooting 37.2 percent from the field.

Tucker was 6-of-13 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.

Jackson scored 14 points and John Plefka added 10 for the Red Raiders, who shot 32 percent (16-for-50).

Bob Knight fell to 2-9 against Texas in his five seasons as coach of the Red Raiders.

Tech endured two stretches in the first half where it scored on only one of eight possessions. Texas had 27 rebounds in the first half to 11 for the Red Raiders. Tucker had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.

 

 

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