No. 18 Texas Tech Tops K-State 82-71 For 1st Big 12 Home Win
LUBBOCK, Texas: Terrence Shannon Jr. beat the first-half buzzer with a jumper on his way to 22 points, Mac McClung added 16 and No. 18 Texas Tech beat Kansas State 82-71 on Tuesday night.
Marcus Santos-Silva scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half as the Red Raiders (9-3, 2-2 Big 12) picked up their first conference home victory after losing two and beat the Wildcats in Lubbock for the seventh straight time.
Shannon, who didn’t start for the first time in his 11 games this season, caught an inbound pass near the free-throw line with 1 second left in the first half and hoisted a one-handed shot that bounced on the rim several times before dropping well after the buzzer sounded for a 36-31 halftime lead.
The sophomore stole a pass for a one-handed breakaway dunk during a 9-0 run in the second half for a 58-41 lead, Texas Tech’s largest of the game. Shannon made 11 of 12 free throws.
Nigel Pack, one of three freshmen making a seventh straight start for Kansas State (5-7, 1-3), scored 15 of his season-high 17 points in the first half. Fellow freshman Selton Miguel matched his season high with 17 points.
Texas Tech freshman Micah Peavy, starting again after coming off the bench for the first time and going scoreless in a loss to Oklahoma State, scored the first four points of the game and finished with nine.
Santos-Silva, a graduate transfer from VCU and Texas Tech’s only senior, scored the next seven points after Peavy’s fast start.
A quick start for Kansas State fueled by Packs 3-point shooting fizzled with a 15-2 first-half run by Texas Tech that gave the Red Raiders a 25-19 lead.
The Wildcats, who led by one briefly late in the first half before falling behind for good, have lost three straight Big 12 games since winning their only other true road game of the season at Iowa State.
Kansas State: The freshmen showed their youth, starting with 7-footer Davion Bradford drawing an unnecessary fourth foul early in the second half. Miguel and Seryee Lewis were later called for technical fouls. Miguel was apparently for saying something to the officials, while Lewis appeared to taunt Santos-Silva after a basket.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders cruised despite allowing their highest shooting percentage this season. Kansas State shot 49% against one of the nation’s best defensive teams, although a hot start from 3 for the Wildcats cooled off in the second half (3 of 13 after halftime for 8 of 24 overall).
Kansas State: Oklahoma State on Saturday in first of two at home.
Texas Tech: At Iowa State on Saturday in first of two on the road.
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