"I wasn't going to let it get out of hand," Walker said of his young team's tendency to let games slip away after getting down. "I said to the guys, 'Here's that point again, here's where we lose focus.' . That's been our theme; we play good for 28 (minutes) or we play good for 32. We've got to play good for 40 minutes, and I'm proud of my guys because they proved they could do it against a quality opponent."
Texas Tech fought back, going on a 14-6 run led by Gray and Jaye Crockett. Gray was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws with 8:57 to play, tying the game at 39.
Tolbert then added two free throws of his own to put the Red Raiders back in front. He added a field goal on the following possession to give Tech a 43-39 lead.
Lucious didn't let the Cyclones trail for long, hitting two quick 3-pointers to put Iowa State back ahead 47-46 with 3:57 left. But the Red Raiders would once again regain the lead on a Tolbert field goal with 3:20 remaining.
Texas Tech outrebounded Iowa State 38-29, including a 20-12 advantage in the first half. The Red Raiders shot just 68 percent from the free-throw line but seemed to connect each time the game was on the line.
The Red Raiders improved to 7-1 this season when leading at halftime.