Texas Tech notches biggest victory of 2016, upsets No. 14 Iowa State at home

No. 14 Iowa State was able to beat Oklahoma State without forward Jameel McKay, who is suspended indefinitely, but that game didn’t test the Cyclones’ depth quite like Wednesday night’s 85-82 overtime loss at Texas Tech.

Abdel Nader fouled out, and both Deonte Burton and Georges Niang finished with four fouls as McKay missed his second straight game for reasons head coach Steve Prohm has chosen not to share with the media. Texas Tech got its best win of the season by knocking off a top-15 team, with four players finishing in double figures led by Aaron Ross (20 points) and Devaugntah Williams (19 points).

With the game tied at halftime, Iowa State jumped out in front early in the second half. Texas Tech responded by charging back into the game with a few key defensive stops and this slam by Zach Smith to get the crowd fired up in Lubbock.

Iowa State could have put this game away in regulation, but the Cyclones’ opportunities to score in the final two minutes resulted in a turnover, a missed free throw by Georges Niang and a missed 3-pointer by Monte Morris with seven seconds left. That cold offensive performance continued in overtime, with Iowa State making just one of its eight shots in the extra period.

Texas Tech, on the other hand, got some clutch play from Keenan Evans in overtime. Check out the ridiculous range on this 3-point heave at the end of the shot clock from the Southwest Texas portion of the midcourt logo.

All in all it was the signature win this Texas Tech team needed after losing by 10 points or less in six of the team’s seven Big 12 losses.

Tubby Smith and Texas Tech finally broke through with a quality Big 12 win. (USATSI)


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