LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech interim coach Chris Walker lauded his team even after it was routed by No. 17 Oklahoma State 91-67 on Wednesday night.
Players kept hustling and he thinks that's going to pay off down the stretch this season.
"Obviously, there's a lot of things we could point the finger at, but they're never going to die, they're going to keep playing," Walker said. "I just believe, at the end of the day when it's all said and done, we just have to be a team in these next eight games that shows improvement."
Markel Brown scored 25 points and matched a career high with seven 3-pointers — all in the first half — to lead the Cowboys.
Red Raiders players were caught off guard.
"We (weren't) mentally prepared for (anything) like that," Josh Gray said. "That's what happens when you play against a great team and you're not prepared, not focused."
Phil Forte added 14 points for the Cowboys (18-5, 8-3 Big 12), who have won six straight.
Brown was 8 for 11 from the field, including 7 of 8 from beyond the arc. He was held scoreless in 7 minutes of playing time after halftime.
Brown's first five shots were from beyond the arc and he hit each one, matching the number of 3s he had in the first half of the Cowboys' win at Kansas this month.
Oklahoma State jumped out to a 24-6 lead and never trailed, though Texas Tech pulled to 26-18 midway through the first half thanks to a 10-0 run.