Texas Tech 80, No. 2 Kansas 79, 2OT
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)—No one dislikes the 3-point shot more than Texas Tech coach Bob Knight and a few weeks ago he even derided Darryl Dora’s ability from that range.
There was no knocking Dora on Monday night after his 3 with 3.6 seconds remaining in the second overtime gave the Red Raiders an 80-79 victory over No. 2 Kansas.
“He shot a little better tonight, that one time,” Knight said of Dora, who entered the game 9-for-23 from beyond the arc. “We must have coached him a little bit better this week.”
It was the first loss in the Big 12 this season and just the second overall for the Jayhawks.
A desperation shot by Aaron Miles bounced off the backboard as the buzzer sounded and the fans flooded the court and began to chant “Bobby, Bobby,” for Knight, who beat Kansas for the first time in his four seasons at Texas Tech. It improved the Red Raiders’ all-time record against Kansas to 2-15.
Keith Langford scored all five points in the second overtime for the Jayhawks (20-2, 10-1), who led 79-74 with 2:50 to go only to see the Red Raiders score the last six points.
The 6-foot-9 Dora, who had missed his first four 3-point attempts, got the chance to take the game-winner for the Red Raiders (16-6, 8-3) when Miles was called for traveling with 7.9 seconds left after grabbing the rebound of a missed 3-pointer by Jarrius Jackson.
“I thought I got the rebound. Obviously they were trying to foul, I guess the refs didn’t see it,” Miles said. “It shouldn’t have even come down to that. We had possession, and I turned the ball over. That could have been taken care of if we had taken care of the ball.”
Knight thought the five-point lead might have been too much for his team to overcome.
“The one time when I thought the game had gotten away from us was in the second overtime when they went up five points,” Knight said. “Until then I thought we were in the game the whole time. The thing looked like it had been taken away from us.”
Kansas coach Bill Self took the blame for Dora getting the shot out of a timeout.
“That’s my fault,” he said. “I didn’t tell them to not let him shoot a 3-pointer. I just told them to defend him.”
Kansas forced the overtime when Langford scored on a drive with 4.1 seconds left to tie it at 69.
The Jayhawks sent the game to a second overtime when Christian Moody tipped in a missed layup by Wayne Simien with 1 second to play to tie it at 74.
“Both teams were fighting their tails off to the end and in overtime, and unfortunately for us they made the last play,” Self said.
Martin Zeno led Texas Tech with 24 points, while Ronald Ross had 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Langford led the Jayhawks with 24 points and Simien added 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Kansas finished with a 48-28 advantage on the boards.
Knight praised the tenacity of his players.
“We really hung in there,” he said. “Our players did a good job of staying in the game. We came up with some plays that we had to make when we had to make them.”
Kansas’ goal is still to finish first in the conference.
“I think what makes (this loss) hard to absorb is it was right there,” Self said. “That’s what’s frustrating. There’s so much at stake when you’re talking about the league and NCAAs, and obviously to lose a game like this is going to be very disheartening.”
Texas Tech shot 46 percent from the field (28-for-61), including 5-for-15 from 3-point range. The Jayhawks finished 30-for-74 (40 percent), including 8-for-22 from beyond the arc.
Kansas’ other defeat was an 83-62 loss at Villanova on Jan. 22.
The Red Raiders entered the Top 25 last week for the first time this season, but they dropped out Monday following a loss at Iowa State on Saturday.
The last time the Red Raiders beat a team ranked No. 2 was in 1985 over Southern Methodist.
No Tech players were made available to the media after the game.