Texas Tech confirm his upgrade on the ranking, to claim a 72-71 victory versus No. 2 West Virginia in-front of sold out crowd of 15,098 at the United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) snapped the nation’s longest winning streak at 15 games by the Mountaineers (15-2, 4-1 Big 12). The victory also enabled Texas Tech to move into a four-way tie for first place with Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Keenan Evans (20 points)and Brandone Francis (career-high 17 points), leads a really great team performance, especially during the second half.
Trailing 47-36 at the 12:58 mark of the second half, the Red Raiders made their move with a 12-2 run over the next 2:55 off the clock.
The freshmen trio of Culver, Smith and Moretti sparked the flurry. Culver found a cutting Smith for a two-handed slam. Then, Culver went to the basket and hit a layup. Moretti fire a three from the right wing late shot clock to bring the tally to 47-43 and connected with Francis for a three-ball on the right baseline to make it 49-48 at 9 minutes to e end.
At 68-66, Evans used an Odiase screen and leaned in for a midrange jumper through contact on the right elbow to extend it to a two-possession game with 38.7 seconds left.
Red Raiders fans storm the court after win, over No.2 nation Ranking, West Virginia!
Texas Tech begins a stretch of three of its next four games on the road, on Wednesday, against Texas Longhorn to Austin. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.