Texas Tech Falls To McNeese State, 80-75|
December 16, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Craig McFerrin scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead McNeese State to an 80-75 win over Texas Tech Sunday night.
Kevin Hardy and Ledrick Eackles added 13 points apiece for the Cowboys (6-3), who won for the first time in 10 tries against a current member of the Big 12.
Jaye Crockett came off the bench to lead the Red Raiders with 17 points and 10 rebounds. It was the sixth straight game that Crockett has led Texas Tech in scoring and rebounding. It was also the third double-double of the season for the junior and the seventh of his career.
Crockett's layup with 48 seconds remaining brought Texas Tech within one, but free throws by Ledrick Eackles and Hardy sealed it for McNeese State. The Cowboys have won five in a row.
The Red Raiders built a 10-point lead in the first half but the Mustangs closed within two before Texas Tech led 37-32 at the half. Eackles' 3-pointer with 7:02 to play gave McNeese the lead for good.
It marked the second time this season that the Red Raiders have trailed with 5:00 to play. Both times Texas Tech has lost, with the other time coming against No. 9 Arizona.
Texas Tech struggled at the free throw line for the second consecutive games, as the Red Raiders missed 13 free throws on Sunday. Overall, Texas Tech was 14 of 27 from the line. It was the second consecutive game that the Red Raiders have missed at least 13 from the line. Last game against Northern Kentucky, the Red Raiders connected on just 13 of 27 from the charity stripe.