Who holds the Texas Tech record for scoring in a Big 12 Tournament game?

With the Big 12 Basketball Tournament set to take place this week, let's look at the highest-scoring game a Red Raider has ever had in the event.

Big 12 Championship First Round
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This week, the Texas Tech basketball team will try to make a run in the Big 12 Basketball Tournament. That's something that hasn't always been easy for this program.

However, there have been some amazing individual performances by a Red Raider in the league's postseason event. In fact, there have been 13 instances of a Red Raider scoring at least 25 points in a game in the Big 12 Tournament.

The most prolific Big 12 Tournament game by a Red Raider didn't come from an all-time great, though. It wasn't a big day by Jarrett Culver, Keenan Evans, Andre Emmett, or Martin Zeno but rather by a guy who fans of a certain age might confuse for a legendary NFL linebacker...Mike Singletary.

Back in 2009, it was the first full season of the awful Pat Knight era and the Red Raiders entered the Big 12 Tournament 13-18 overall. That made the Red Raiders the No. 11 out of 12 seeds in the event.

In the opening round, Tech would take on Texas A&M, the No. 6 seed and a team that swept the Red Raiders in the regular season. However, the Aggies were not ready for the storm that Singletary was about to unleash.

A sophomore that year who averaged 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, the 6-foot-6 forward would go off for 43 points in the first round. That remains the school record for points in the Big 12 Tournament and was just seven points shy of the Texas Tech all-time record of 50 points in a game, a mark held by Dub Malaise.

In the game, Tech trailed 49-28 at the break. However, Singletary would score 29 points in a row on A&M in the second half to lead the way to an 88-83 win as he set a single-game scoring record for the Big 12 Tournament. Tech's comeback from a 21-point deficit was also a Big 12 Tournament record.

Unfortunately, the next night, the Red Raiders would be unable to maintain their momentum as they would fall to Missouri 81-60. In that game, Singletary would put up a respectable 17 points. Tech would end the year with a losing record and would not play in either the NCAA Tournament or the N.I.T.

Texas Tech Big 12 Tournament all-time single-game scoring leaders

Points

Player

Year

Opponent

43

Mike Singletary

2009

Texas A&M

30

Andre Emmett

2003

Texas

28

Ronald Ross

2005

Oklahoma

28

Jarrius Jackson

2006

Texas

28

Martin Zeno

2007

Colorado

28

Jarrius Jackson

2007

Kansas State

28

John Roberson

2011

Missouri

27

Andy Ellis

2002

Texas A&M

26

Jarrett Culver

2019

West Virginia

26

Andre Emmett

2004

Oklahoma State

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