Texas Tech 92, Oklahoma St. 90 OT
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)—Jarrius Jackson hit a clutch 3-pointer to give Texas Tech a chance to beat Oklahoma State on Saturday.
The shot with 2.4 seconds remaining tied the game at 79, forcing overtime. Tech went on to win 92-90.
“I got the ball, found a little opening and just took the shot,” said Jackson, who finished with 26 points. “Luckily it fell for me.”
Cowboys coach designate Sean Sutton said Jamaal Brown was told to foul Jackson so that a 3-pointer couldn’t tie it. Brown tried but “but probably didn’t make it obvious enough” for officials.
“It’s a tough way to lose a basketball game,” Sutton said. “When you have a three point lead, and there’s under two seconds to go, you foul.”
Texas Tech has struggled this season but the Red Raiders displayed their grit Saturday.
“It shows that we can play in tight game, instead of getting buried,” Tech coach designate Pat Knight said. “But we still need to be able to win on the road.”
The Red Raiders have lost eight of nine road games.
Jarrius Jackson scored 26 points, including a clutch 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime, in the win over the Cowboys.
Tech, which snapped a two-game loss streak, never trailed in the overtime, with John Plefka getting six of Tech’s 13 points.
In regulation, the Red Raiders were down 79-76 with 8.9 seconds remaining after OSU’s Torre Johnson hit two free throws.
Jackson took the inbounds pass and went the length of the floor before hitting the 3 from the left side of the key to tie it at 79 with 2.4 seconds left.
Oklahoma State’s Mario Boggan’s shot at the buzzer was blocked by Darryl Dora to send the game to overtime.
Tech (11-9, 3-3 Big 12) had five players in double figures. Martin Zeno scored 20, Plefka had 15 and Dora added 12. Dior Lowhorn got 10 and led Tech with seven rebounds.
LucQuente White relieved Jackson of always handling the ball for Tech.
“He really takes a lot of pressure off of me, because he can handle the ball just as well and it’s going to make the defense play on him,” Jackson said.
The Red Raiders trailed in the second half by as many as eight but used a 17-9 run to tie it at 55 with 10:47 remaining. Zeno got six points and Plefka added five free throws in the spurt.
Tech went up by seven after that but the Cowboys (12-8, 2-4) would not go away. They went up 77-74 on a shot by David Monds with 1:15 remaining in regulation.
There were three ties and four lead changes in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
Mario Boggan scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds for Oklahoma State. JamesOn Curry got 19, Johnson had 18 and Bryon Eaton contributed 14 for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys, who now hit on 19-21 free throws, while Tech missed 13 of its 38 tries. In the first 11 minutes of the second half, however, Tech was flawless from the line, hitting eight straight.
“Free throws were lacking today, and we’re going to have to practice a lot of those,” Jackson said.
In their first six possessions of the game, the Cowboys hit three 3-pointers, including back-to-back ones by Byron Eaton, to overcome an early Tech lead and go ahead for most of the first half.
Oklahoma led by as many as seven before Tech stiffened and used a 9-2 to regain the lead at 32-31 with 1:20 remaining in the half. Oklahoma got two buckets to Tech’s two free throws and the Cowboys led 35-34 at the break.
Cowboy head coach Eddie Sutton and Tech coach Bob Knight played their 2,306th combined game. Saturday’s win give Knight his 865th career win, leaving him 16 shy of besting Dean Smith’s 879 all-time victory mark.