LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Sheldon McClellan scored 28 points to lead Texas to a 71-69 overtime win over Texas Tech on Saturday.
"We got down and we fought back and won the game, but there were some good things," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "What I did like about our team at the end of the game, I thought Sheldon and Julien Lewis' demeanor was awesome. They wanted the ball and they were really trying to make some good plays for us."
Julien Lewis added 15 points, including the game-winning basket in the final second.
"Coach really wanted to get the ball moving a little bit but he really wanted to get (Tech guard) Josh Gray from out of the top," Lewis said. "I waited until five seconds then went in with the best shot I could."
Jaye Crockett led the Red Raiders (10-19. 3-15 Big 12) with 15 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Tolbert and Josh Gray each added 11 points. Tolbert also had seven rebounds.
The Longhorns (15-16, 7-11) scored the first bucket of the game, then the Red Raiders went on a 9-0 run. The Longhorns tied the game a few times but did not lead again until overtime.
Texas Tech led 34-17 with 5:24 to go in the first half, but McLellan and Lewis would help the Longhorns rally.
The Longhorns trailed by seven at the half, 37-30, and came out with a more aggressive defensive approach in the second half to help them force overtime.
"We showed heart at the end," McClellan said. "We know we didn't play hard the whole 40 minutes but at the end we played harder."
After a 9-0 run early in the game and the 10-0 run that gave the Red Raiders the biggest lead of the night, 34-17, it looked as if the Red Raiders were going to run away with it. It was then the Longhorns defense began to press the young Tech team, forcing them to speed up the game and take contested shots.
The Texas bench stepped it up, giving the Longhorns an astounding 50 points, 32 of those in the second half.
Texas went on a 22-5 run that included the final five minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second half.
The Red Raiders saw the game slip away one missed free throw at a time (20 of 37), while the Longhorns racked up 19 second-chance points off of 20 offensive rebounds.
"They got to get up there and knock them down," Texas Tech coach Chris Walker said. "That was the difference between winning and losing the game, forget about everything else that happened."
Jamal Williams Jr. stole the ball and drove the length of the court to end on a slam dunk to put Tech up, 60-52, with 4:46 left in the game.
Lewis answered for the Longhorns with two 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to bring the Longhorns within 61-58 with 3:20 remaining. Twelve of Lewis' 15 points came late in the game.
"Obviously this stings and it should hurt," Walker said "Our guys should be feeling upset because they lost this game because it was a very winnable game."