Texas Tech back on track with dominating win over Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Behind 18 points from Keenan Evans and 15 points from Justin Gray, Texas Tech halted a three-game Big 12 losing streak and beat Texas 67-57 on Wednesday.

Aaron Ross finished with 13 points and six rebounds for the Red Raiders.

Shaquille Cleare led Texas (10-20, 4-13) with 15. Jacob Young added 14 points.?

Jarrett Allen had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Longhorns and Kendal Yancy finished with seven points and five rebounds.

Texas, which was held under its season scoring average of 68.3 points, was outscored in points off the bench, 45-21.

Texas Tech (18-12, 6-11) took control of the game early in the second half, leading 48-31 after consecutive Gray jumpers and a two-handed Zach Smith dunk.

Midway through the first half, Texas Tech had a 13-12 advantage and capitalized on a Texas shooting drought inside the period’s final two minutes to lead 34-29 at halftime.

Ross, who finished with six points in Texas Tech’s Feb. 1 road loss to Texas, led all scorers at the half with 12 points. Both teams combined for just 11 free throw attempts by halftime.

Big Picture

Texas: The Longhorns, who are in the midst of a six-game conference losing streak, last won on Feb. 7 at home against Iowa State. From Jan. 7 to Jan. 21, Texas lost five Big 12 games in a row.

Texas Tech: ?After losing to West Virginia, Iowa State and Oklahoma State consecutively, the Red Raiders picked up their first victory since a Feb. 13 upset of then-ranked No. 4 Baylor.

Up Next

Texas hosts Baylor Saturday ahead of the Big 12 tournament, which begins March 8 in Kansas City.

Texas Tech visits Kansas State Saturday in its final regular season Big 12 game.