Red Raiders Fall Just Short of No. 8 Kansas, 64-63

Feb 18, 2014; Lubbock, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) is fouled by Texas Tech Red Raiders forward Jordan Tolbert (32) in the first half at United Spirit Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t over until Jaye Crockett’s last-second half-court hail mary fell just short.

1.7 seconds earlier, Jayhawk guard Andrew Wiggins gave Kansas the lead for good on a put-back layup.

The result is disappointing, but no one can deny the entertainment level at the United Spirit Arena tonight, nor the gutsy effort from Tubby Smiths’s Red Raider hoops squad.

The margin of victory speaks to how close the game was. Despite attempting just 14 free throws all night, Tech managed to outperform Kansas in almost every other statistical category. The No. 8 Jayhawks were simply more aggressive, going 22-30 from the charity stripe.

But again, Tech put forth a strong effort. Five Red Raiders scored in double digits, led by Jordan Tolbert’s 16.

A lack of aggression on offense and several wasted possessions ultimately led to the loss for Tech, playing in front of a weekday crowd of 12, 667, including a record number of students.

Still, Red Raiders have no reason to hang their heads. When’s the last time Kansas came to Lubbock and felt their hearts race like that?

Guns up.

Topics: Big 12, Texas Tech Basketball, Texas Tech Red Raiders

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