Fresh off stunning the top-ranked team in the country, Texas Tech will continue its busy week when it hosts Oklahoma State on Thursday night in Lubbock, Texas.
The 19th-ranked Red Raiders (12-3, 2-1 Big 12) enter their matchup against the Cowboys (8-6, 1-2) having recorded back-to-back wins over top 10 teams.
Kevin McCullar, who is still working his way back from an ankle injury, helped Texas Tech end No. 1 Baylor’s 21-game winning streak with a 65-62 triumph on Tuesday. McCullar highlighted his 12-point performance by draining a key 3-pointer with 2:41 left in the second half.
And this came just three days after Texas Tech upset No. 6 Kansas at home.
The Red Raiders have picked up these wins despite being shorthanded. Terrence Shannon Jr., who is averaging 14.3 points per game, missed his sixth consecutive contest with back spasms.
“We could have just quit in about that first 10 minutes,” Texas Tech coach Mark Adams said. “But the guys just hung around and kind of got back in it at halftime and then were able to gain some momentum as the game went on.”
Texas Tech dealt the defending national champion Bears only their second loss at home in the past three seasons.
McCullar came off the bench and made 5 of 8 shots. He also collected six rebounds and five assists.
“(McCullar) played with a lot of courage,” Adams said. “He played with a lot of heart tonight, and we couldn’t have won without Kevin’s performance.”
The Red Raiders erased a 15-point first-half deficit led by Adonis Arms’ 14 points as well as 13 points apiece from Kevin Obanor and Bryson Williams.
Texas Tech will look to make it three wins in a row against Oklahoma State in a game rescheduled due to COVID-19 issues. The teams were scheduled to play on New Year’s Day.
The Cowboys will be out to bounce back from a 70-60 defeat at West Virginia on Tuesday night. They conclude their three-game road trip on Saturday at Baylor.
Bryce Williams, Oklahoma State’s leading scorer at 11.5 points per game, had 12 points on Tuesday while Isaac Likekele scored all 11 of his points in the second half. West Virginia, however, used a late 10-0 run to pull away for good.
The Cowboys turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 39.7 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from 3-point range. Avery Anderson III, who is averaging 11.4 points per game, finished with nine on 3-of-13 shooting.
“You can’t miss your easy ones against them,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. “That was the difference in the first half and it certainly continued in the second half.”
Oklahoma State also fell victim to more aggressive play by the Mountaineers. West Virginia made 21 of 22 shots at the free throw line despite entering the contest as the conference’s worst shooting team at the charity stripe.
“Many times, that’s going to be the difference,” Boynton said after the game.
–Field Level Media