LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech fans did not give Chris Beard and the Texas Longhorns the first class welcome like Texas gave Rick Barnes when he returned for the first time to play Texas at the Frank Erwin Center. Fans were upset that Beard, along with several coaches and players, left for a better opportunity at the University of Texas at Austin.
The game started rough for Texas during the first half. Texas’ field goal percentage was 42.9% hitting 12-28 and no free throws against Texas Tech hitting 15-27 (55.6%) field goals and 8-13 (61.5%) free throws. Texas got into foul trouble early in the first half. The score at halftime was Texas 29 Texas Tech 43. It looked like Texas Tech had the better scoring defense instead of the other way around.
Senior guard #2 Marcus Carr scored a team high 18 points hitting 5-12 field goals and 7-8 free throws and three assists. Senior guard #3 Courtney Ramey also hit in the double digits with 12 points hitting 4-10 from 3 point range.
Senior forward #32 Christian Bishop scored 11 points hitting 4-7 field goals and 3-4 free throws and pulled down 8 rebounds.
In the second half, Texas seemed to start to play their style of basketball with several scoring runs with one taking them within six points of Texas Tech, but a combination of 25 fouls and 30 free throws given to Texas Tech blocked them from coming back.
Texas Tech had a sellout crowd of 15,300 that was a factor in the game. Jeff Goodman, basketball analyst at Stadium, said on social media, “This home court advantage tonight was worth a good 8 points or so. Incredible atmosphere.”
Cedric Golden, Austin American-Statesman sports columnist, tweeted last night during the game.
Texas is back in Austin to play No. 20/22 Iowa State Feb 5 (Sat) at 1 p.m.