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Lewis scores 18; Texas beats Texas Tech 73-57

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm •  Published: January 26, 2013

McClellan, who has struggled to stay in coach Rick Barnes' lineup, made his first start since the Big 12 opener against Baylor on Jan. 5, but was mostly ineffective with 2 of 7 shooting. Holland and Lewis provided the early scoring spark, combining for 17 points in the first half. Texas was missing leading rebounder Jonathan Holmes, who is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his right hand, but Cameron Ridley dominated the boards with nine first-half rebounds.

"Cam definitely set the tone we wanted early with his intensity inside," Barnes said.

Texas gave up a double-digit lead in a home loss to Kansas a week earlier, but was in total control of the Red Raiders just a few minutes after halftime. Lewis scored five in a row and swished a 3-pointer that put Texas ahead 42-26.

Texas forced the Red Raiders into 19 turnovers and converted them into 22 points.

"It's basically impossible to win like that," Texas Tech interim coach Chris Walker said.

He added: "Texas has lost some tough games. You can't look at their record. They played some tough teams. They're a bunch of young guys."

Texas Tech cut the lead to 52-44 on a 3-pointer by Jaye Crockett with just over seven minutes left but never threatened again. The Longhorns scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer by Papapetrou, to end the rally.

"We haven't responded the way we've liked, but tonight we did," Barnes said. "We haven't harped on (the losing) as much as we've harped on why we're not winning. I don't think these guys ever thought they weren't good enough."