LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 13 Texas Tech trailed by nine at halftime and led by three with 30 seconds remaining in regulation before taking an 82-77 overtime loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (8-3, 1-2 Big 12) trailed by as many as 12 in the first half before fighting back to force their first overtime contest of the season with the game tied at 68 after regulation. Kevin McCullar gave Tech a three-point lead by making four free throws in the final minute of regulation, but OSU (7-2, 1-2 Big 12) tied the game when Cade Cunningham made three free throws after getting a foul call while in the act of shooting a 3-pointer with 27 seconds to play in regulation.
Mac McClung hit a 3-pointer to open overtime before OSU went on a 10-1 run to take a 78-72 lead with two minutes to play. Tech battled back again though and was down only three and with the ball with 10 seconds remaining in overtime following a Kyler Edwards 3-pointer. The final possession ended without a shot though as a turnover led to an OSU basket at the buzzer for a five-point loss.
Tech will complete a three-game home stand by hosting Kansas State (5-6, 1-2 Big 12) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday before travelling to play at Iowa State next Saturday. KSU comes to Lubbock following a 67-60 loss to TCU on Saturday.
McClung led the Red Raiders with 21 points, while Edwards hit four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Marcus Santos-Silva matched a career-high with four blocks and added seven points and five rebounds, while Terrence Shannon, Jr. went for 13 points and seven rebounds. McCullar had nine points, four rebounds and two steals, while Nimari Burnett scored five points.
Tech finished the game shooting 40.0 percent from the field and was 8-for-22 on 3-pointers in the game, while OSU also hit eight 3-pointers and shot 44.4 percent. The Cowboys led 37-28 at halftime after holding Tech to only 27.6 percent shooting.
“We’re not going to win a lot of games if I’m only having seven and five, only getting five rebounds, not being aggressive,” Santos-Silva said. “So I’ve got to do my part and be more competitive and bring it out more in order for us to do this. As a team we’ve trust each other, that’s how it is. We don’t need any superheroes on this team. Like I said, trust the team, trust what the coaching staff has to say to us.”
McClung matched his season-high of 21 points after going 7-for-15 from the field and 4-for-7 at the free-throw line. He made three 3-pointers and would also grab three rebounds. Tech finished the game 25-for-35 at the free-throw line with Burnett and McCullar both making five.
Oklahoma State had four players score in double figures, led by Isaac Likekele and Avery Anderson III who both went for 17 points. Likekele finished the game 7-for-14 form the field and with three assists and three steals, while Bryce Williams hit three 3-pointers and finished with 15 pints. Cunningham finished the game with 13 points on 3-for-12 shooting but going 6-for-7 at the free-throw line. OSU was 8-for-19 on 3-pointers in the game and finished 18-for-24 at the free-throw line.
Texas Tech is now 6-2 at home this season and 69-11 under head coach Chris Beard on its home court. The Red Raiders fell to 51-54 all-time in overtime games, including going 4-8 under Beard in OT games. Tech was 0-4 in overtime games last season and has now lost six straight overtime decisions. The last OT win came against Oklahoma State in an 84-80 victory on Feb. 27, 2019.
QUOTES – Chris Beard
“The message to the team was that in the first half, we got kicked because Oklahoma State was the tougher, more aggressive team, now, you’re playing behind against a Big 12 team. In the second half, I would argue we were as tough, or maybe a little more aggressive than them but victory is going to side with the more intelligent team. The team that makes fewer mistakes, the team doing what they were trying to do. When OSU got the ball in the paint, to Isaac and Cade, what they wanted to do, and we didn’t. So that was the message to the team, first half we got out-toughed, that hasn’t happened a lot with our team.”
“I’m not a big believer in bouncing back. I’m a believer in an 18-round fight called the Big 12. We started out 1-2 now it’s the next game is on the schedule. I think this bounce back thing is a little overrated, you know? As a coach, you get yourself ready to win every night and prepare to win. As a player, same thing. I’m not a fan of the bounce back deal. What are you bouncing back from? Were you not ready to play tonight? Did you not play your best tonight? Were you not competitive tonight? Were you not tough enough tonight? What are we bouncing back from? I think what our guys need to do is get themselves ready to play in the Big 12.”
McClung was fouled shooting a 3-pointer on the opening possession and hit 2 of 3 to begin scoring.
OSU led by as many as 12 in the first half when Likekele made a layup with 12:12 on the clock.
Edwards and McClung cut the 12-point deficit in half with back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 22-16.
Tech got as close as three at 26-23 with McClung hitting his second 3-pointer of the half after a turnover by OSU.
Smith made Tech’s final basket of the first half with a layup with 2:27 remaining and Edwards hit a pair of free throws at 1:10 on the clock to make it a 37-28 game going into halftime.
Edwards drilled a 3-pointer and McClung followed with a jumper just inside the arc to cut OSU’s lead to 45-39 five minutes into the second half.
With OSU leading 45-34, Texas Tech responded with a 9-0 run that started with an Edwards 3-pointer and was capped by Shannon hitting two free throws to make it a 45-40 game with 12 minutes to play.
Tech took its first lead of the game at 55-53 on a Shannon layup with 6:43 remaining in the game.
At the final media timeout, Tech led 61-60 after a second-chance basket from Shannon. Tech took a 63-60 lead coming out of the timeout with Santos-Silva hitting two free throws with 2:18 to play.
McCullar gave Tech a 68-65 lead with 43 seconds to play after making four straight free throws before Cunningham made three free throws with 27 seconds on the clock to force overtime.
McClung hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of overtime to give the Red Raiders the quick advantage before OSU made two straight jumpers to take the lead back… A Bryce Williams steal and dunk made it a six-point game with 1:54 to play before McCullar cut it to four with 1:42 on the clock.
Edwards hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to cut the deficit to 80-77 with 49 seconds remaining.
Cunningham was awarded three free throws after a foul call on McCullar… he hit all three to tie the game and send it to overtime.
McClung opened the overtime session with a 3-pointer before OSU went on a 10-1 run to take a 78-72 lead.
McCullar stopped the run with a layup before Edwards hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to make it 80-77.
Oklahoma State took a 37-28 lead into halftime after holding the Red Raiders to just 27.6 percent shooting. Both teams hit five 3-pointers in the half with McClung and Edwards leading Tech with two each, while Williams was 3-for-3 on 3-pointers for the Cowboys. McClung led the Red Raiders with nine points in the first half, while Edwards had eight points and three assists. Shannon was at seven points and three rebounds and Santos-Silva had two blocks, four rebounds and two points. Williams was leading the Cowboys with 11 points, while Anderson had eight for OSU which was shooting 44.4 percent as a team and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.
OSU is now 46-23 all-time against Texas Tech and 15-11 in Lubbock. The Red Raiders and Cowboys will meet again on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.