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Kansas State Too Much for the Tubby Smith and the Red Raiders

The Texas Tech Red Raiders were looking to get back on track after losing two straight Big 12 games.  They would have to do so in Manhatten, Kansas against the Wildcats of Kansas State.  That would prove to be harder than expected as Tubby Smith’s squad struggled on Tuesday night on their way to their third straight conference loss.  They fell by a final score of 66-58.

Tech would struggle early as they managed just 20 points in the first half on their way to a 32-20 halftime deficit.  They would outscore the wildcats in the second half (38-34) but it would not be enough as K-State just out played the Red Raiders down the stretch.   Tubby Smith and company would cut the lead down to 48-47 midway through the second half, but the tough Wildcat defense kept answering the call, and Texas Tech never regained the lead.

Jaye Crockett (pictured on the left) was once again the leading scorer for the Red Raiders scoring 15 points with Dusty Hannahs close behind at 14 points, but everyone else really struggled from the field in the loss.  As a team, they shot just under 34% from the floor., with Crockett and Hannahs being the only two Texas Tech players to score in double figures.

With the loss, Tech drops to 10-11 on the year and 2-6 in Big 12 play.  They will try and get back in the win column this weekend when TCU comes to town.  Tip off for that game is set for 12:30pm from the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock.

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