Texas Tech’s Struggles Continue in Big 12 Play on Wednesday
The Texas Tech men’s basketball team’s struggles in conference play continued on Wednesday night as they fell in Stillwater, Oklahoma to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Le'Bryan Nash scored 16 points as Oklahoma State never trailed in defeating Texas Tech 63-43 on the way to handing Tech their sixth straight loss to start Big 12 play. Freshman Keenan Evans scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Red Raiders who have now lost eight of its last nine.
''Keenan's a guy that is usually not this offensively productive, but tonight, they were giving him the shot and he kept making it,'' said Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith. ''Tonight, he was an outstanding player for us and he did it at both ends of the court. He played solid defensively, he really did all the things we needed him to do, he just needed a little more help.''
The Red Raiders kept it close during the first half and early in the second, but with the score at 32-27, Oklahoma State went on a 19-6 run over the next eight-plus minutes to push the lead into double digits. Tech would struggle shooting the ball in this contest as they made just 15 of the 54 shots they took (27.8%) to go along with committing ten turnovers to just seven assists.
The road gets no easier for Tubby Smith and company as they will welcome the #9 ranked Iowa State Cyclones to town on Saturday. Iowa State comes into this game sitting at 14-3 on the year while being tied with #11 Kansas for the lead in the Big 12 at 4-1. The Cyclones do hold the tie breaker over the Jayhawks as they beat them in Ames back on January 17th by a score of 86-81. Tipoff for this matchup between Tech and Iowa State is set for this Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock starting at 3pm and can be seen on ESPNU.