LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — All the things coach Tubby Smith has been stressing finally came together for Texas Tech on Wednesday night.
Jaye Crockett had 19 points, Toddrick Gotcher added 17 and the Red Raiders knocked off No. 12 Baylor 82-72 for their first Big 12 win of the season.
"When you look at the stats, the rebounding, the shooting, and we get everybody on the same page once and for all," Smith said. "There's been games where our guards will play well, then our post players wouldn't play well. We took a couple of bad shots, but for the most part we took better shots. Then again, the balanced scoring, that's always a key to winning."
Dejan Kravic and Robert Turner scored 14 apiece for the Red Raiders (9-8, 1-3), who ended a four-game slide against Baylor in Lubbock with their first victory over a ranked opponent in 35 games.
"I haven't really been showing it much this season, but typically in my career I really love passing," said Kravic, who had six assists. "It's a really big strength of mine and I haven't been able to use it as much this year, so I was happy I was able to show off my passing talents."
Texas Tech led all the way and was able to hold off a late comeback attempt by the Bears (13-3, 1-2) after they pulled to 76-66 on a 3-pointer by Taurean Prince with 2:02 left. That was the closest Baylor had been since late in the first half, but it got no closer down the stretch.
Kenny Chery scored 22 points and Prince had 13 for the Bears. They finished with only six assists, a season low for a team averaging 16.3.
All five Red Raiders starters scored in double figures. Crockett matched the 19 points he scored in a loss at Texas last weekend.
Texas Tech kept Baylor's top players in check for much of the night. Cory Jefferson, the Bears' leading scorer (13.5 points per game), had just eight and center Isaiah Austin was well below his 10.7 average with four.
The Bears climbed back into the game with a 15-5 run that pulled them to 65-54. Prince hit two 3-pointers, Rico Gathers had a dunk, Chery made two jumpers and Royce O'Neale added a field goal.
"We just felt like they (were) hungrier than us," said Chery, who was 8 of 15 from the field. "We didn't come out with the composure to win the basketball game and they came out like it was the last game of their life."