LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Josh Gray couldn't hide his excitement after Texas Tech pulled out the victory in a back-and-forth game against Iowa State.
"You can tell it on my face right now, that was a big win," the true freshman said after scoring 16 points in the Red Raiders' 56-51 win Wednesday night. "I've never won like that before in my life."
Jordan Tolbert added 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Dejan Kravic had eight points and eight rebounds for the Red Raiders (9-8, 2-4 Big 12).
Will Clyburn led the Cyclones (13-5, 3-2) with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Korie Lucious added 11 points, nine of them from beyond the arc, but Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg was disappointed in his team's performance.
"We had really good practices this week, great shoot-around this morning," Hoiberg said. "I fully anticipated coming out and playing great basketball tonight. ... For whatever reason, we hit some adversity tonight and we just didn't handle it very well."
Texas Tech took a 48-47 lead on a Tolbert field goal with 3:20 remaining. A Gray lay-in as the shot clock expired made it 50-47 with 2:32 left.
"Coach (Chris Walker) came in the locker room before the game and told us to play our game, have fun and play with confidence," Gray said. "That's what I did tonight."
The teams traded baskets, and the Red Raiders led by three again, 54-51, with just under 40 seconds remaining. Clyburn attempted a 3-pointer to tie the game with 14 seconds left but came up short. Tolbert went to the line again and made both free throws to seal the victory.