No. 13 Texas Tech falls in double-overtime classic at No. 5 KU

LAWRENCE, Kansas – No. 13 Texas Tech dropped a 94-91 double-overtime heartbreaker to No. 5 Kansas on Monday night after fighting back from being down 12 with six minutes to play at the Allen Fieldhouse.

“I learned that we have a tough and competitive team that is very resilient,” Texas Tech head coach Mark Adams said. “You come in here and play against a really, really, good basketball team. We stood toe-to-toe with them, and dug a hole a few times, at halftime we were behind, but we came back. We showed a lot of determination and commitment to each other. I thought that we would win it in the first overtime.”

The Red Raiders (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) got a season-high 33 points from Bryson Williams, while Kevin Obanor had 17 points and eight rebounds in their attempt to sweep the season series after a 75-67 win in Lubbock on Jan. 8 in the first matchup. KU (17-2, 6-1 Big 12) had its largest lead of the game at 70-58 with 6:30 to play on an Ochai Agbaji jumper, but would see Tech storm back and tie the game at 75-75 after regulation with a pair of free throws from Terrence Shannon, Jr. with 12 seconds remaining.

In overtime, Tech led by three before Agbaji nailed a 3-pointer to tie it with seven seconds on the clock and force another session where the Red Raiders would lead 91-89 on a Williams 3-pointer with three minutes remaining. KU finished the double overtime on a 5-0 run by holding Tech scoreless in the final three minutes and getting a pair of free throws from Christian Braun with nine seconds on the clock. A Shannon 3-point attempt missed as Tech fell in the 50-minute slugfest.

Williams finished the game shooting 14-for-19 from the field and was 4-for-4 on 3-pointers for his season-high in scoring and eighth straight double-figure scoring performance to begin Big 12 play. He had 13 of his 33 in the second half. Obanor was 6 of 8 from the field and had a season-high three blocked shots, while Davion Warren added 15 points with nine in the second half.

“We came to fight,” Williams said. “Coming into Phog Allen this is a hard place to play. Playing against a hall of fame coach and one of the most talented teams in the country, you have to come and bring it. We did that tonight, but we just fell short. I could just keep saying this over and over again. This team is willing to fight whenever against whoever. All the guys in the locker room, we took a note to know that we came here to fight. Everyone on the coaching staff knew that too. We came out here and did that tonight.”

Tech had 10 players score in the game, including having nine score in the first half. Shannon was limited to five points, while Kevin McCullar scored two points but added four assists in a team-high 43:37 of play. Marcus Santos-Silva had six rebounds and five points, while Mylik Wilson added five points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. Tech finished the game shooting 46.6 percent from the field and was 17-for-24 from the free-throw line. Williams was 4-for-4 on 3s while the rest of the team was 2-for-16 from beyond the arc with Obanor and Warren hitting one each. Obanor, who was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week earlier in the day, has now scored 1,512 points through 106 games in his career after his 17-point performance against the Jayhawks.

A super senior from Fresno, California, Williams was just one point shy of his career-high of 34 points two years ago while playing for UTEP against UTSA and now has exactly 1,900 points through 141 games. He’s now leading the Red Raiders by scoring 13.7 points per game after the first 30-plus point performance of the season for the team. The 33 points are the most since Keenan Evans went for 38 against Texas on January 31, 2018.

“It leaves a pit of fire in our stomach,” Williams said. “We’re just going to carry throughout the whole season.”

Agbaji scored a game-high 37 points and added seven rebounds, while Braun had 15 points and seven rebounds. David McCormack added 13 points and five rebounds for the Jayhawks who finished the game shooting 32-for-74 from the field and 8 of 23 on 3-pointers. KU was 22 of 30 from the free-throw line, including going 8 of 12 in the overtime sessions. Tech was 2 of 3 on free throws in the 10 extra minutes.

Tech was playing in its first double-overtime game since an 83-74 loss at West Virginia on Feb. 18, 2017 in Morgantown. The Red Raiders are now 8-12 all-time in double-overtime games and 1-1 in overtime games this season after having already earned a 57-52 win over then-No. 13 Tennessee at the Jimmy V Classic in December.

The Red Raiders trailed 36-30 at halftime with Williams leading the Red Raiders with 12 points in a half where nine different players had scored. Williams was 5-for-8 from the field, including going 2-for-2 on 3-pointers. Tech was 11 of 27 from the field in the half but just 2-for-6 on 3-pointer, while KU was shooting 15 of 32 (46.9 percent) and had four 3-pointers. Obanor and Santos-Silva had four rebounds each for the Red Raiders. Agbaji led KU with 13 points in the first half and Wilson had eight rebounds and two assists. KU had a 20-15 rebounding advantage and a 18-16 points in the paint margin through 20 minutes of play.

KEY MOMENTS
Double-Overtime
Wilson started the second overtime by backing his defender down and banking in a shot for an 88-86 lead
Williams drilled a 3-pointer for a 91-89 lead with 3:17 remaining in the double overtime… It gave him 33 points at 4-for-4 on 3-pointers
Tech would not score again after Williams hit the 3-pointer
KU tied the game on an Adams layup with 1:49 on the clock and took a one-point lead with Wilson hitting a free throw with 1:06 to play
Braun hit two free throws for KU with nine seconds to play to give the Jayhawks a three-point lead that would hold up with Shannon missing a 3-point attempt
Overtime
Williams hit a left-handed layup and then a free throw to give Tech a 78-77 lead one minute into the overtime session
Obanor drilled a 3-pointer for an 83-78 lead with two minutes to play… It was his first 3-pointer of the game and gave him 17 points
Tech took an 85-80 lead on a jumper by Warren with 1:19 to play before Agbaji made a layup on the other end for KU to bring it back to three with a minute to play
Wilson hit the second of two free throws to give Tech an 86-83 lead with 23 seconds on the clock
Agbaji tied the game at 86 and sent it to double-overtime with a 3-pointer with seven seconds left
Second Half
Williams hit a 3-pointer on Tech’s opening possession of the half to cut it to 36-33 before Agbaji responded with a 3-pointer for KU on the other end
Shannon made his first basket of the game with a layup to cut KU’s lead to 41-37 two minutes into the second half
Williams was up to 19 points and cut KU’s lead to 46-43 with a jumper four minutes into the second half… He was 8 of 11 from the field after his third basket of the second half
Santos-Silva hit a layup and then a pair of free throw to cut KU’s lead to 50-46 with 14:35 to play
Williams hit another jumper to give him a season-high 23 points and cut KU’s lead to 55-52 with 11:53 remaining… He was 10-for-14 from the field after the shot and had 11 points through nine minutes of the second half
Warren stopped an 8-0 run by KU with a putback to make it 63-54 with 9:48 remaining… Warren had eight points after the shot
KU had a 66-56 lead going into the under-8 media timeout with Obanor making a fastbreak layup to get it to 10… Obanor had five points and five rebounds after the layup
Williams was up to 25 points after hitting his 11th shot of the night to cut KU’s lead to 68-58 with 7:16 on the clock… Warren hit a pair of free throws, making it 70-62 with 5:34 to play
Obanor made it a six-point game at 70-64 with a pair of free throws with four minutes on the clock… He had nine points and seven rebounds after the free throws
Warren drilled a 3-pointer to make it 72-68… Warren was feed the ball from Shannon who pulled down an offensive rebound on a missed free throw…. 2:52 remained in the game
Obanor battled inside for back-to-back baskets to cut KU’s lead to 74-72 with 1:28 remaining… Obanor had 14 points and was 5-for-6 from the field after his second shot in the final 2:13 of the game
Shannon tied the game at 75-all with a pair of free throws with 12 seconds remaining in the game
First Half
Kansas won the tip but missed a jumper on its first possession before Agbaji hit a 3-pointer on the next trip for a 3-0 lead to begin the game
Tech scored on its fourth possession of the game with Arms racing down for a fastbreak layup to cut KU’s lead to 5-2… Williams tied the game at 5-5 with a 3-pointer with 16:23 on the clock
Santos-Silva hit a jumper to cut KU’s lead to 13-11 going into the under-12 media timeout of the first half… Tech started the game shooting just 4-for-12 from the field
Tech took its first lead of the game with Batcho hitting a layup and then free throw for a 14-13 advantage with 10:15 remaining in the first half
Williams hit his second 3-pointer of the first half and then made a fastbreak layup to make it 30-26 after the Jayhawks had led 30-21 for their largest lead of the half
KU went on a 6-0 run with Braun making a layup with 54 seconds until halftime for a 36-28 lead
Wilson hit a pair of free throws for Tech with 21 seconds on the clock to make it 36-30 going into halftime

UP NEXT: Tech will now return to Lubbock for a two-game home stand starting against Mississippi State at 5 p.m. on Saturday before hosting Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the United Supermarkets Arena. The Red Raiders are 5-3 all-time in the Big 12/SEC Challenge after earning a 76-71 win over LSU last season in Baton Rouge. TTU is 2-0 against Mississippi State in program history and will be hosting the Bulldogs in Lubbock and meeting in the Big 12/SEC Challenge for the first time.

Tech is 8-0 in non-conference play this season and has a 14-game non-conference home winning streak going with its last win coming against Alabama State on Dec. 28 before beginning conference play. Big 12 teams are 44-35 (.557) in the Big 12/SEC Challenge coming into this year’s matchups.

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