Without Zach Smith and with Evans in poor physical condition (toe injury), the No. 6 Texas Tech men’s basketball team resists until the halftime 35-34! Nearly overcame a 16-point second half deficit before Oklahoma State closed out a 79-71 decision on Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Red Raiders (22-6, 10-5 Big 12) were dealt consecutive losses for the second time this season but remained in second place in the Big 12 standings one game behind 13-time defending regular season champion Kansas.

Texas Tech plays host to the program’s second Top 10 matchup at home when No. 8 Kansas visits the United Supermarkets Arena on Saturday. Tip time is slated for 3:15 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN into the Big Saturday’s NCAA games!