While there is still a lot to do with basketball, Texas Tech released another statement Wednesday on one season with plenty of them to date.
The Red Raiders completed a regular sweep of Season 7 Baylor 83-73. The victory moved No. 11 Tech (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) to a tie for second place with Baylor in the conference behind Kansas (21-4, 10-2).
Via Oral Roberts, Kevin O’Banor scored 21 of 23 points in the second half to lead the tech boom. This included four three-pointers during a major stretch that lit up another raucous crowd at the United Supermarkets Arena, one of which included Tech alum and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
O’Banor, the star of last season’s NCAA championship ORU, added 13 rebounds for his third double of the season. Obanor admitted that he was one of several players selected in the first half by coach Mark Adams when Baylor was led by seven.
“I can’t say much in front of the camera but he didn’t have it,” O’Banor said. “We were frustrated and played without energy. … He called some people including me.”
Adams praised O’Banor after his strong performance.
Adams told reporters afterward, “Kevin O’Banor, in that second inning, he put us on his shoulders, and he said, ‘Hey, I’m not going to lose us.
Bryson Williams added 17 points to lead the Red Raiders four players to double digits, Adonis Arms scored 15 points and Terrance Shannon 14 points.
The last time Texas Tech swept Baylor was in the 2004-05 regular season, when Bob Knight was training in Lubbock and Baylor was recovering from the scandal and wasn’t near the program he would become under Scott Drew.
Baylor made it interesting in the last two minutes, trimming the margin to five, 76-71, but Mylik Wilson’s stealing and stopping gave Tech a 79-71 advantage and fired the celebration.
The game also had potential implications for the NCAA Championship standings. The technology will go from 4-seed to 2-seed with a win, said Joe Lonardi, arcologist at ESPN. The NCAA will offer an early preview of the arc on Sunday.
Tech recovered from a 15-point lead to defeat Baylor in the first meeting of the two teams on January 11th in Waco. In the process, the Reds handed defending champion Baylor their first loss in 21 games and reported he would be a big 12 force under head coach of the year Mark Adams, just as he had been under Chris Bird.
Baylor James Akingo led 18 points and seven assists. Bears were limited to 37.9% of shots in the second half.
Every team was without key players.
Baylor bulky man Jonathan Chamoa Chachwa underwent season-ending surgery in Dallas after he ruptured his knee ligaments on Saturday in the victory over Texas. He averaged 8.4 points and 6.8 rebounds from the bench.
Without the athletic and energetic Chamois Chachwa, Baylor overcame 41-30. Tech had an advantage of 21-12 in the second chance points as the Bears were often playing with a smaller squad than usual.
“Well, I think first and foremost the rebound,” Drew said of Chamua Chachoa’s compensation. “Everyone has to pick it up. This is, again, one of Jon’s biggest strengths.”
Goalkeeper Adam Flagler added: “It certainly won’t be easy. He’s one of the best gumball players in the country.”
The Bears have reclaimed the list of top scorers LG Crayer after missing five matches due to a foot injury. Cryer immediately declared his presence, hitting 3-pointers on his first two shots from the bench.
Tech was without guard Kevin McCullar, who was on crutches after spraining his ankle on Saturday when he set foot on TCU coach Jimmy Dixon. McCullar leads the Tech in rebound and assists.
Baylor (21-5, 9-4) leads up to eight points in the first half and 39-32 in the first half, shooting 50% before the break. Akingo scored his lead for the Bears with nine points and three assists, with Matthew Meyer adding eight points.
The Red Raiders only shot 33.3% in the first 20 minutes and went into the final 6:59 without a basket.
Tech rushed to start the second half, run 6-0 and regain the lead five minutes into the game, 43-42, at a 3-0 corner from Obanor.
“We know his capabilities,” Flagler said. “We know what he can do behind the three-point line. We had a lot of mishaps in the second half to let him shoot.”
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