LUBBOCK, Texas – Wichita State overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to tie the score with 40.4 seconds left, but Texas Tech’s Mike Singletary hit a three with only 4.7 remaining to beat the Shockers 72-69 inside United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
WSU shot a 51 percent clip in the second half and slowed down the Red Raider attack to get back in the game. Clevin Hannah led the Shockers with 24 points, and A.J. Hawkins had his best game as a Shocker with 18 points.
Texas Tech was led by hot three-point shooting from Alan Voskuil and John Roberson, who each scored 20 points. Voskuil and Roberson each connected on four three pointers. The Red Raiders shot 44 percent from the three-point line in the game (10-23).
WSU battled back from a 17-point halftime deficit to tie the score at 69 on a Ramon Clemente layup with 40.4 seconds left. But, as they had all night, Texas Tech answered with a three-pointer at the end of the shot clock. This time Mike Singletary drilled a three from the top of the key with 4.2 seconds remaining to push give the Red Raiders a 72-69 lead. TTU chose to foul with 1.6 seconds left and put Clevin Hannah at the line. Hannah missed the second shot on purpose, and a quick rebound tip-out and shot by Toure’ Murry glanced off the iron.
The Shockers opened the game with an early 4-2 lead on a three-pointer from the top of the key by Clevin Hannah, but a layup and three-pointer on consecutive possessions by Alan Voskuil helped build a 9-6 Texas Tech lead with 14 minutes to play in the half. The lead would turn out to be their only lead of the game....
After another Voskuil three moved the TTU lead to six, Hannah answered again with a jumper from the elbow to bring the score to 16-12 with eight minutes to play. But, back-to-back Red Raider buckets pushed lead to 20-12 at the under-eight media timeout.
Another Voskuil three followed by a three-point play from Nick Okorie pushed the lead to 30-16, but Hannah checked in again with a three-pointer with three minutes to play. But, TTU’s Mike Singletary got back-to-back layups to continue to hold off the Shocker charge.
Hannah and Voskuil continued to trade threes doing it again in consecutive trips to bring the score to 37-26, but back-to-back John Roberson threes vaulted the score to 43-26 at halftime.
The Shockers shot just 30 percent (9-30) in the first half, while TTU shot 59 percent (17-29), including five threes. Hannah ended up with 14 of the Shockers’ 26 first half points. Meanwhile, Voskuil scored 13 and Roberson chipped in 14 to lead Texas Tech.
The second half opened with a quick 6-0 run by the Shockers before a Red Raider timeout. Ramon Clemente got free for a layup, then a Toure’ Murry steal and layup cut the 17-point lead to 13 in the first minute of the half. After a Shocker defensive stop, A.J. Hawkins record his seventh point of the game with a drive and finish at the rim to bring the score to 43-32 at the 18:28 mark.
Murry laid in a pretty left-handed reverse to give the Shockers the first eight points of the half before Texas Tech scored to make the score 46-34 at the 16:30 mark. Then Hannah continued his scoring with an layup and a foul shot followed by two free throws on the next trip to cut the lead to seven, 46-39.
With the Shocker deficit down to seven, Voskuil and Roberson came calling again with threes for the Red Raiders, pushing the lead back to 16 with 10:54 to play.
A 6-0 Shocker run on a layup from Reggie Chamberlain and two buckets from Hawkins cut the deficit to 10, 60-50, at the 7:05 mark, but TTU momentarily halted the Shocker run with a drive-and-dish finish. A J.T. Durley layup and a three by Chamberlain further cut into the deficit, bringing it to seven, 64-57.
Two more baskets by Hawkins, a three and a layup, sandwiched around a Voskuil jumper cut the lead to four with 3:09 to play, 66-62. The Shockers kept battling and got a tough, contested three from Hannah and another finish in the lane from Hawkins to tie the score for just 10 seconds until TTU answered with a layup with 1:03 to make the score 69-67.
Next up for the Shockers is the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. The tip-off is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8.