Postgame Notes: Texas 71, Texas Tech 69 OT
Dejan Kravic had a career-high five assists against Texas.
March 9, 2013
Attendance: 9542. Today’s crowd was the second largest announced crowd of the season. It was the school record 20th home game. For the season, Texas Tech averaged 7,853 fans per games.
Texas now leads the all-times series, 79-52, including 28-27 in Lubbock. The Longhorns have won 10 straight and 16 of the last 17 meetings. Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference, Texas is 32-2 against Texas Tech in Big 12 play and 34-3 overall.
The Red Raiders have now lost the season finale for six consecutive years.
Texas Tech his now gone eight consecutive games with less than 15 turnovers in a game. It is the longest such streak since the Red Raiders had a nine-game streak from Jan. 20-Feb. 20, 2010. The Red Raiders had 13 turnovers against Texas.
Saturday’s game was the 20th home game of the season, which is the most of any team in the nation. Arizona State, Arkansas Hawai’I, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Syracuse and Virginia all played 19 home games, but only Texas Tech reached 20.
What a difference a day makes. Texas Tech fell to 2-12 on games played on Saturday and Sunday. The Red Raiders were 8-6 on weekday games.
Texas Tech started its ninth different starting lineup of the season on Saturday — Ty Nurse (G), Josh Gray (G), Jaye Crockett (F), Jordan Tolbert (F), Dejan Kravic (F). It is the first three forward lineup of the season.
Texas Tech dropped to 9-1 when leading with five minutes to play in the game.
Texas Tech struggled at the free throw line for the 14th time in 29 games, failing to reach 65 percent. The Red Raiders connected on 20 of 37 free throws against the Longhorns (54.1 percent), including 2 of 6 in overtime.
Senior Ty Nurse played in his 57th career game, earning his 26th career start. He played 21 minutes and netted eight points, while pulling down two rebounds and recording a career-best three steals, while dishing out an assist.
Junior Jaye Crockett led the team in scoring (15 points) for the 13th time this season and rebounding (eight rebounds) for the 17th time this season. His 15 points and eight boards are both above his season averages. Crockett, who is known for being one of the nation’s premier Sixth Men, recorded his fourth start of the season.
Junior Dejan Kravic became a 6-11 point-forward on Saturday, as the Canadian finished the night with 10 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, a steal and a career-high five assists.
Freshman Josh Gray finished the game with 16th double-digit scoring effort, as he chipped in 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting.
Sophomore Jordan Tolbert added 11 points and seven rebounds on Saturday. For Tolbert it was his 31st career double-digit scoring effort in his 60th career game. He has scored in every game he has ever played.