Texas Tech rallies past Iowa State for 56-51 win
LUBBOCK, Texas – Josh Gray scored 16 points to lead Texas Tech to a 56-51 win over Iowa State on Wednesday night.
Jordan Tolbert added 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Dejan Kravic had eight points and eight rebounds for the Red Raiders (9-8, 2-4 Big 12).
Will Clyburn led the Cyclones (13-5, 3-2) with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Korie Lucious added 11 points, nine of them from beyond the arc.
Texas Tech took a 48-47 lead on a Tolbert field goal with 3:20 remaining. A Gray lay-in as the shot clock expired made it 50-47 with 2:32 left.
Both teams traded baskets, and the Red Raiders led by three again, 54-51, with just less than 40 seconds remaining. Clyburn attempted a 3-pointer to tie the game with 14 seconds left but came up short. Tolbert went to the line again and made both free throws to seal the victory.
Texas Tech took a 28-25 lead into halftime, but Iowa State opened the half on an 8-0 run, leaving the Red Raiders trailing 33-28 – the largest deficit of the day for either team.
Texas Tech would fight back, going on a 14-6 run, led by Gray and Jaye Crockett. Gray was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws with 8:57 to play, tying the game at 39.
Tolbert then added two free throws of his own to put the Red Raiders back in front. He added a field goal on the following possession to give Tech a 43-39 lead.
Lucious didn’t let the Cyclones trail for long, hitting two quick 3-pointers to put Iowa State back ahead 47-46 with 3:57 left. But the Red Raiders would once again regain the lead on a Tolbert field goal with 3:20 remaining.
Texas Tech outrebounded Iowa State 38-29, including a 20-12 advantage in the first half. The Red Raiders shot just 68 percent from the free-throw line but seemed to connect each time the game was on the line.
The Red Raiders improved to 7-1 this season when leading at halftime.