Texas Tech soars past Texas 79-77

Texas Tech junior Mac McClung brought the ball up the court and drilled a jumper with 3 seconds remaining to lift No. 15 Texas Tech to a 79-77 win at No. 4 Texas on Wednesday at the Frank Erwin Center. The win was the first top-5 victory on the road for the Red Raiders in program history and the third straight victory for Tech on the Longhorns’ home court after snapping a 22-game losing streak in Austin.

Texas (10-2, 4-1) led almost the entire game and a blistering start against one of the top defensive teams in the country had the Longhorns in control before a sloppy finish and a flurry of late Texas Tech 3-pointers snatched the win for the Red Raiders (11-3, 4-2). Tech was down 48-38 at halftime, making it two straight years that the Red Raiders overcame a double-digit halftime deficit at UT for a win. Last season Tech trailed by 12 before storming back for the win. 

McClung scored a season-high 22 points in the victory, while Kevin McCullar finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Terrence Shannon, Jr. added 14 points and six rebounds and Marcus Santos-Silva finished with 12 points and four rebounds. McClung was 6-for-14 from the field and 8-for-10 at the free-throw line for the Red Raiders who went 22-for-28 at the line.

McClung’s shot was originally ruled a 3-pointer before a video review. Texas had a final chance, but Matt Coleman’s desperation 3-pointer never came close to the basket. Coleman also missed a shot in traffic for the lead with 17 seconds left.

Texas Tech returns to action against No. 2 Baylor at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena. The Bears (11-0, 4-0 Big 12) are coming off a 67-49 win over TCU last Saturday before having their game against West Virginia that was scheduled for Tuesday postponed due to COVID protocols.

Andrew Jones had 20 for Texas, but scored just two points after halftime as the Red Raiders shut him down. Jericho Sims added 16 for Texas, but was just 6 of 14 on free throws, with two key misses late.

Texas led 77-73 after Courtney Ramey’s 3-pointer with 1:40 to play. McClung then made two free throws, Sims missed two free throws for Texas before the Red Raiders tied it when Ramey got sloppy passing the ball inbounds, creating an easy tying layup for Tech’s Terrance Shannon. McClung then buried his long shot from the right wing.

Texas Tech has roughed up the Longhorns in recent years with six wins in seven matchups, including three in a row in Austin. The latest was tense from the start. Both teams were whistled for technical fouls in the first half.

The last time these teams were supposed to play, they were pulled off the court during warmups at the 2020 Big 12 tournament in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. At the time, it was viewed as a pivotal game for Texas coach Shaka Smart, who was facing intense speculation that he could be fired.