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RECAP: No. 11 Tech knocks down No. 20 Texas in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas – Bryson Williams went for 17 points and six rebounds while Clarence Nadolny scored 14 to help lead No. 11 Texas Tech to a 61-55 victory over No. 20 Texas on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center.

The Red Raiders (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) swept the regular-season series over the Longhorns (19-8, 8-6 Big 12) for the second straight year, have now won four straight in Austin and are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between the programs after limiting UT to just 28.3% shooting. Tech and UT went into halftime tied at 28 with the Red Raiders scoring the final five points of the first half before Williams came off the break to score four straight and Weapons of Adonis hit a 3-pointer for a 13-0 run and a 35-28 lead.

“That game felt like an arm wrestle,” said Texas Tech coach Mark Adams noted. “They fought for everything and so did we. I have a lot of respect for coach (Chris) Beard and his team. I learned so much from them. I don’t like playing against my friends. Our teams are very similar. We both guard and are very physical and tough. We were just lucky that time ran out and we won.

Tech is now 2-0 against the Longhorns this season after also picking up a 77-64 win on Feb. 1 at Lubbock and 7-3 against ranked opponents this season after also picking up an 83-73 win over No. 7 Baylor Wednesday. Williams now has 100 career games with double-digit scoring and 1,996 points.

The game remained close including when Tech built a 56-46 lead with 3:38 left with the Longhorns responding quickly with Andrew Jones hitting a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game with 1:36 left. . Kevin Obanor and Nadolny would both hit a pair of free throws to close the game and win the sweep.

Tech finished the game with three in double figures with Arms scoring 10 points to join Williams and Nadolny. Williams led the team with 17 points and is just four points away from reaching 2,000 in his career. He was 6 for 13 from the field and 5 for 6 from the free throw line to lead Tech, while Nadolny was two points off his career high after scoring 14 points in 20 minutes as a reserve. He had 16 against Kansas earlier this season.

Marcus Santos-Silva led the Red Raiders with eight rebounds and also had six points in the win, while Arms added seven rebounds to his 10 points. Terrence Shannon, Jr. added six points, six rebounds and three assists in the victory. Arms led Tech with four offensive rebounds, while Santos-Silva had three and Williams and Shannon two each in a game the Red Raiders finished with 17 offensive rebounds.

Williams scored 11 of his 17 goals in the second half, while Nadolny netted eight in the final 20 minutes. Williams also had five rebounds in the second half where Tech edged the Longhorns by a 33-27 margin and held UT to 8 for 30 shots.

Tech finished the game with a 45-36 rebound advantage and a 26-10 paint advantage in the physical battle. TTU was just 3 for 14 on 3-pointers in the game, but went 20 for 29 from the free throw line and scored 15 second-chance points.

Andrew Jones led the Longhorns with 20 points going 4-for-10 on 3-pointers, while Courtney Ramey had nine points and Timmy Allen scored six. Christian Bishop had a game-high 11 rebounds but was limited to three points.

Arms had seven points while Williams and Nadolny had six apiece at halftime with the game tied at 28. The Red Raiders were 9 for 26 from the field and 1 for 5 from 3 points at the break, while the Texas was shooting 9 for 30 from the field and 3 for 11 from beyond the arc. Obanor hit Tech’s only 3-pointer in the first half when the Red Raiders were 9 for 14 at the line and UT was 7 for 7. Jones led Texas with 13 points, while Ramey had nine. Both teams had nine turnovers before the break.

WITH VICTORY

  • Tech has now won four straight in Austin against the Longhorns (the record is 8 consecutive wins in Austin from 1969 to 1976)
  • Tech is now 10-2 against Texas in the last 12 meetings
  • Technology has now swept Baylor, Texas and West Virginia in the Big 12 game this season
  • Tech has now swept the Texas regular season series four times
  • It’s the first time Tech has swept the regular-season series in consecutive years.
  • Texas leads the all-time series by an 88-65 margin
  • Tech is now 25-49 all-time in Austin against the Longhorns
  • Tech is 3-4 on the road in Big 12 games
  • Tech is on his second Big 12 three-game winning streak this season

FOLLOWING

Texas Tech returns to action against Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the United Supermarkets Arena. The Sooner picked up a 70-55 win in Game 1 Feb. 9 at Norman and appear to be the only team to sweep Tech this season. The Red Raiders come into the game 16-0 at home following their 83-73 win over No.7 Baylor last Wednesday.

KEY MOMENTS
Second part

  • Williams made the first two baskets of the second half to give Tech a 32-28 lead and 10 points
  • Arms hit a 3-pointer to give Tech a 7-0 run to start the half before Cunningham and Febres started to score UT in the second half with two 3-pointers to make it 35-34.
  • Santos-Silva gave Tech a 39-35 lead with a jumper (12:13) followed by Warren hitting his first shot of the game for a 41-35 lead (11:45)… Tech had 4 of 5 on the pitch before the Under-12 media timeout to that six-point lead
  • Williams kicked a dunk for a 45-38 lead before a Jones 3-pinter to cut Tech’s lead to four…Williams was 14 after the dunk and was 6-for-10 from the field
  • Nadolny drilled a 3-pointer to give Tech a 50-44 (6:25) lead and him 11 points… He was 4-for-8 from the field and 1-for-3 on 3-pointers after the shot
  • Williams hit a pair of free throws to give him 16 and the Red Raiders a 54-46 lead with 4:29 remaining… Tech was 13 for 18 at the line after his shots
  • Nadolny gave Tech a 56-46 lead with two more free throws that pushed him to 13 points… It was the first double-digit lead of the game.
  • Obanor stopped a 9-0 Longhorns run with two free throws to give Tech a 58-55 lead with 1:10 to play… UT missed at the other end and Shannon secured the rebound

First half

  • Texas won the tip but didn’t score on their opening possession despite two offensive rebounds… Tech took a 2-0 lead with Arms hitting a runner on the team’s second possession for the first points of the match
  • Williams stopped a 6-0 run at Texas with a jumper who made it 6-4 before another field goal to tie the game at 6-6 before the first media timeout
  • Tech went 7-0 to take a 9-6 lead with Nadolny hitting a long range jumper to give Tech an 8-6 before an Obanor free throw… Disu stopped the run for Texas with a jumper
  • Williams went with a left-handed layup to give Tech a 15-13 lead with 10 minutes left… He was 2 for 3 and had four points to start the game after the basket
  • Tech had gone 0 for 4 on his final shots but Shannon hit a pair of free throws to take a 17-15 lead with 7:42 on the clock… Jones responded at the other end for Texas with a 3-pointer that did the Longhorns 3 for 6 from beyond the arc
  • Santos-Silva made his first basket of the game with a layup (5:13) to cut UT’s lead to 20-19… Tech was 7 for 21 (33.3%) from the field after his basket
  • Obanor hit Tech’s first 3-pointer of the game to tie it at 22-all with 3:55… It was Obanor’s first shot of the game and made Tech 1-for-5 from beyond the arc to start the match
  • UT raced 6-0 to take a 28-22 lead before Williams reached the free throw line and hit a pair before Nadolny hit another layup to make it a two-run game .
  • Nadolny tied the game at 28-all with a pair of free throws after his layup to give Tech a 6-0 run to tie the Longhorns… Nadolny had six points after free throws