With 10 seconds left, Devaugntah Williams hits a three to push the Texas Tech Red Raiders past the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2015 home finale, 63-62. Tech improves to 11-0 when leading at halftime, and ends a six-game losing streak.
Tech led big at half, but started the second half slow, allowing Oklahoma State to get back into the game. Williams drained the last eight points of the game for the Red Raiders to help secure the victory.
Toddrick Gotcher had a team-high 17 points, with Norense Odiase adding 14 and Robert Turner scoring 11 in his last game at the United Supermarkets Arena.
Tech took a 14-point lead into the locker room at half, up 31-17 over the visiting Cowboys. Despite shooting only 35.7 percent, they still outshot OSU who was only 7-for-22 from the field, including 1-for-8 behind the arch. Le'Bryan Nash led all Cowboy shooters with six points, while Odiase put up a team-high nine points for Tech in the first half. Gotcher had eight points, including hitting two-out-of-three three-point shots; Turner finished the first half with six points.
Tech did a great job in the first half of getting the ball down low and challenging the smaller-sized cowboys. A big stat that stood out to me is that Tech grabbed 12 of the 15 rebounds on Oklahoma State's side of the court. Not giving the other team an opportunity for a follow-up shot is something that Tech has been inconsistent at throughout the season. Clark Lammert and Zach Smith combined for nine rebounds in the first half.
This was a great, hard-fought win. When Oklahoma State came back in the second half I wasn't sure Tech would be able to hold on, but they played enough defense and hit enough shots to pull off the upset. This team is young, and with every game you can see the talent and promise of these underclassmen. As Tech fans, we haven't had as much to celebrate on the hardcourt as we would like, but I think Tubby has us headed in the right direction. Oklahoma State is a very good team - don't forget they beat Kansas and Baylor twice - and this is a great win for Tech.
Tech will close out the 2015 regular season Friday night in Waco against the Bears.