Williams leads No. 11 Texas Tech over No. 20 Texas 61-55

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Bryson Williams scored 17 points and No. 11 Texas Tech held off a late charge from No. 20 Texas to win 61-55 on Saturday and earn a regular-season series sweep in the rivalry stormy.

Clarence Nadolny added 14 points for the Red Raiders, who led by 10 with just over 3 minutes remaining before the Longhorns went 56-55 with a 9-0 run.

But Andrew Jones’ long 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining was Texas’ last field goal and Texas Tech took the game away from the free throw line.

Texas Tech (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) has won nine of the last 11 games against the Longhorns in a rivalry that has only intensified since Chris Beard, the coach who led the Red Raiders to the game national championship in 2019. , left to take over the Longhorns program this season.

Visiting Red Raiders fans congregated at the Erwin Center, and their incessant chanting and taunting of Texas players at times made the game feel like a Texas Tech home environment.

And Texas Tech simply outplayed one of the toughest defensive teams in the nation. The Red Raiders outscored the Longhorns 26-10 in the paint and won the rebound battle 45-36.

Andrew Jones scored 20 points to lead Texas (19-8, 8-6).

The game was physical from the first point as elbows flew, bodies hit the ground, and Texas was hit with an early flagrant foul. Longhorns striker Dylan Disu took an elbow to the nose and walked off the pitch holding a towel to his face as the first half ended.

Texas Tech twice built the lead to seven early in the second half to see Texas recover with 3 points from Jones and Jase Febres.

A 3-pointer from Febres had the Longhorns within three before Nodalny responded with one at the other end. Free throws from Williams and Nadolny made the Red Raiders lead 56-46 with just over 3 minutes remaining before Texas rallied.

BIG PICTURE

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders had strong fan turnout in Austin. Texas officials halted ticket sales Thursday after learning that a group of Red Raiders fans would purchase as many as possible through the school box office using a specific online code.

Texas: The Longhorns played their second game without forward Tre Mitchell, who earlier in the week took what Texas called a personal leave. Mitchell, a transfer from UMass, started 17 games this season and was averaging 8.7 points and four rebounds. The school gave no indication of his return.

FOLLOWING

Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Texas hosts TCU on Thursday.

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