Monday, February 14, 2005

Texas Tech outlasts Kansas

Red Raiders beat Jayhawks, 80-79, in double overtime


Kansas University and Texas Tech had combined for 12 three-pointers on 38 attempts through the first 49 and a half minutes of Monday's men's basketball game.

All the usual suspects had drained at least one long-distance shot, including J.R. Giddens, Keith Langford, Jarrius Jackson and Aaron Miles.

It was Darryl Dora who made the difference behind the arc, though, hitting an NBA-range jumper with 3.6 seconds left in double overtime, sending the Jayhawks to their second loss of the season, 80-79.

Dora, who had missed all four of his prior three-point attempts in the game, had the opportunity for the game-winning shot because of a traveling call on KU point guard Aaron Miles with just under eight seconds to go after Miles had rebounded a Texas Tech miss. Dora's NBA-range jumper gave the Red Raiders a one-point advantage - their first of the second extra period - and Miles' desperation three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.

Kansas (20-2 overall, 10-1 Big 12 Conference) had sent the game to double overtime on a tip-in by Christian Moody with a second left. The basket gave Moody five points in overtime, accounting for all of KU's points in the period.

The Jayhawks took a 79-74 lead early in double overtime - their first post-halftime advantage - on back-to-back baskets by Keith Langford, but Kansas couldn't score again. Texas Tech drew within two points, 79-77, with three free throws from Martin Zeno before Dora's three-pointer.

Regulation ended in a tie after Langford drove the lane and scored with four seconds left, tying the game at 69-all after Zeno had missed the second of a pair of free throws.

Zeno finished with 24 points for Texas Tech, Ronald Ross scored 21 points, and Jackson had 19. Dora added 11 points, Devonne Giles had three points and Damir Suljagic added two points.

Langford scored 24 points for KU, Wayne Simien added 20 points, and Miles finished with 11. Giddens scored nine points, Moody had seven, Sasha Kaun scored four points, and C.J. Giles hit a free throw.

Kansas was 30-of-75 shooting from the field, including 8-of-23 from three-point range, and 11-of-18 shooting from the foul line. The Jayhawks had 14 turnovers.

Texas Tech was 28-of-62 shooting from the field, including 5-of-17 from long distance, and 19-of-26 shooting from the charity stripe. The Red Raiders had 10 turnovers.

Zeno started strong, giving Texas Tech a 2-0 lead on the first possession of the game. Ross extended the lead to 4-0, but Kansas scored eight of the next 10 points, taking the lead on a short jumper by Langford.

Texas Tech scored the next six points, though, and led by as many as six points three times during the middle of the half.

The Jayhawks tied the game at 29-all on back-to-back three-pointers by Giddens, but Jackson answered with a three-pointer on the Red Raiders next possession.

Kansas took a 33-32 lead a couple minutes later on a basket by Moody, but Texas Tech scored the final seven points of the half and led, 39-33, at halftime.

The Jayhawks drew within a point, 42-41, early in the second half, but the Red Raiders scored the next five points. Texas Tech held the lead for the entire mid-section of the second half, though Kansas did cut the deficit to a point, 54-53, on a free throw by Lee.

Texas Tech held the lead the rest of the second half, as Kansas missed two shots in the final minute - a two-pointer by Langford and a three-pointer by Giddens - that would have given the Jayhawks a tie or the lead.

Langford also missed a free throw with less than 16 seconds left that would have tied the game, but made up for the miss with the basket that sent the game to the first overtime.

All stats are unofficial.

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