Texas Tech defeats TCU 60-54

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Dejan Kravic came on strong for Texas Tech by scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second half and grabbing six rebounds to help the Red Raiders escape with a 60-54 win over TCU on Saturday.

"That was the game plan, play inside out," Kravic said. "Get it inside and if they double-team, kick it out."

Jaye Crockett tacked on 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Red Raiders and Dusty Hannahs scored 11 points.

"That was an ugly win," Crockett said. "It was very ugly. We had a good practice coming back from Kansas State and we kind of figured we'd come out with more energy and it was kind of bad coming out that way, we just came out way too slow."

TCU led most of the game, in large part to Kyan Anderson's 22 points and five rebounds, before the Red Raiders pulled away late in the second half. Amric Fields added seven rebounds for the Horned Frogs.

A Kravic layup with 7:43 regained the lead for the Red Raiders. The Horned Frogs fought back, tying it twice, but couldn't get over the hump as Hannahs, Crockett and Kravic defended their home court.

"I think we were just converting," Crockett said. "We were forcing a lot of turnovers and we were converting on those turnovers and we were just hitting our free throws when we needed to and guys were just making plays when we needed to make plays. We shot horrible from the field, especially in the first half, and we just started making shots in the second half."

Texas Tech (11-11, 3-6 Big 12) swept TCU (9-11, 0-8), as it did last season. With the win, Texas Tech has already matched its Big 12 victory total from last season, with nine conference games remaining.

"It's disappointing, but at this point in time we can't get down," Anderson said. "Right now we're just trying to stay as positive as possible. It does hurt, I feel like we let one get away from us, especially with turnovers."

TCU, leading 28-27 at halftime, came out of the break strong and built the lead to as many as eight on an Anderson free throw with 15:28 left in the game. From that point, Kravic led the charge back for the Red Raiders and Robert Turner made 1 of 2 free throws to tie it at 40.