BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Down seven with a minute to play, No. 10 Texas Tech went on a 12-0 run to earn a 76-71 win over LSU in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Mac McClung started the comeback with a 3-pointer with 59 seconds on the clock, cut it to one with another 3-pointer with 31 seconds to play and Terrence Shannon, Jr. came up with a steal and a layup to give Tech a 72-71 lead with 23 seconds remaining. Shannon hit four straight free throws to close it out as the Red Raiders (12-5) moved to 5-3 all-time in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. LSU fell to 11-5 with the loss and to 3-5 all-time against Texas Tech.
“You just have to keep putting yourself in these positions to win games,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “My tone hasn’t changed. There’s a poise and confidence required to win a game down the stretch and I though our guys showed that tonight. We made just enough plays on defense and offense. It was a gutsy game between two good teams and we made the plays at the end.”
Shannon recorded his first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while McClung added 22 points, five rebounds and two steals. McClung came into the game needing 15 points to reach 1,000 points and had 14 at halftime. He passed it with two free throws on Tech’s first possession of the second half. Marcus Santos-Silva had 12 rebounds and six rebounds, while McCullar had 10 points and six rebounds. Santos-Silva now has four double-digit rebounding performances this season, while McClung has scored 20 or more in eight games.
Texas Tech finished the game with a 41-29 rebounding advantage in the game and shot 41.9 percent from the field, while LSU shot 43.1 percent from the field with nine 3-pointers. The Red Raiders were 7-for-23 on 3-pointers and finished at 17-for-21 at the line. Kyler Edwards added eight points and three assists, while Jamarius Burton had three points and two rebounds. Shannon was only one point shy of his career-high 24 points that came last season at DePaul and now has four 20-plus point performances this season. He finished the game 6-for-13 from the field and 9-for-10 at the free throw line to take his season total to 13.6 points per game.
“My teammates trusted me with the ball and I just attacked when I got it,” said Shannon, who scored 11 straight for the Red Raiders midway through the second half. “I just made some plays happen when I saw opportunity.”
McClung has now scored 20 or more in four straight games after going for a season-high on Monday at West Virginia. He finished the game with three 3-pointers and 5-for-6 at the line and is now averaging 17.5 points for the season.
“This is college basketball,” McClung said. “Every night is a difficult night. You have to close out games. We did that today against a big, athletic SEC team.”
Javonte Smart led the Tigers with 29 points int eh game after going 4-for-7 on 3-pointers, while Cameron Thomas scored 25 on 6-for-20 shooting. LSU was 12-for-18 from the free-throw line in the game.
Texas Tech will return to Big 12 play against Oklahoma at 8 p.m. on Monday at the United Supermarkets Arena. The Red Raiders earned a 69-67 win over the Sooners back on Dec. 22 in Norman, Oklahoma in the first matchup between the two teams this season. The Sooners (11-4, 6-3) have won five in a row after a 66-61 win over No. 9 Alabama on Saturday in Norman.
McClung hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a quick 6-0 run to cut Tech’s deficit to 71-70 with 31 seconds to play.
Tech took its first lead of the second half with Edwards and Shannon hitting back-to-back 3-pointers for a 43-42 lead with 15:36 on the clock.
Shannon gave Tech a 52-50 lead with a 3-pointer with 9:37 remaining… It was the third straight basket for Shannon.
McCullar gave Tech a 58-56 lead (7:50) on a fast break layup off an assist from Burton.
McClung reached the 1,000 point milestone in his career by hitting two free throws coming out of halftime.. He had 14 at the break.
Peavy got the Red Raiders on the board first with a layup on the team’s third possession after an LSU free throw… Tech went on a 6-1 run to start the game with Peavy’s basket being followed by layups by McClung and McCullar.
McCullar hit a jumper with 9:41 on the clock to stock a 9-0 and 14-2 run by the Tigers… Tech trailed 15-10 after McCullar’s basket.
McClung hit Tech’s first 3-pointer of the game to cut it to 17-14… Tech was 0-for-5 on 3-pointers to start the game before McClung connected.
HALFTIME REPORT: Tech trailed bay as many as eight in the first half but battled back to a 33-32 deficit at the break. McClung led the Red Raiders with 14 points at the break by going 5-for-7 from the field with one 3-pointer. Shannon had six rebounds and two points off the bench, while McCullar had eight points and Santos-Silva had four. Tech was shooting 54.5 percent from the field at the break and was 7-for-8 at the free-throw line. LSU was 4-for-11 on 3-pointers and was led by Thomas who had 14 points and Smart’s 12. Tech had 10 turnovers at the half.
Release provided by Wes Bloomquist Texas Tech Athletics