Sport No. 8 Texas Tech tips No. 2 W. Virginia, ends 15-game win streak

00:05  14 january  2018
00:05  14 january  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Texas Tech upset No . 2 West Virginia on Saturday. The Mountaineers (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) couldn't hold an 11-point lead in the final 13 minutes and had their nation-leading 15 - game winning streak stopped.

No . 8 Texas Tech used a second-half rally to upset No . 2 West Virginia on Saturday, 72-71, ending the Mountaineers' 15 - game winning streak and leaving no team unbeaten in a tight Big 12 Conference race that now features the four top teams all tied with one loss.

LUBBOCK, TX - JANUARY 13: Zhaire Smith #2 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders dunks the basketball during the first half of the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on January 13, 2018 at United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock, Texas.© John Weast/Getty Images LUBBOCK, TX - JANUARY 13: Zhaire Smith #2 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders dunks the basketball during the first half of the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on January 13, 2018 at United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Keenan Evans scored 20 points, Brandone Francis had a career-high 17 and No. 8 Texas Tech won the first-ever Top 10 matchup on its home court, beating second-ranked West Virginia 72-71 on Saturday.

Evans hit a lean-in jumper to give the Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) a four-point lead in the final minute and send the first sellout crowd of the season into a frenzy. The Mountaineers had their nation-leading 15-game winning streak stopped.

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All good things must come to an end , unfortunately, and that applied to the West Virginia Mountaineers’ 15 - game win streak . The No . 2 ranked Mountaineers fell to the No . 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock, 72-71. That game will tip off at 9:00PM ET and will be televised on ESPN.

Second -ranked West Virginia takes a 15 - game winning streak and its unblemished record in the Big 12 Conference on the road for a test at No . 8 Texas Tech on Saturday.

BOX SCORE: TEXAS TECH 72, WEST VIRGINIA 71

Jevon Carter scored 28 points -- one off his career high -- for West Virginia (15-2, 4-1). Esa Ahmad added 18 in his season debut following an NCAA academic suspension.

Freshman Zhaire Smith's alley-oop dunk sparked a 12-2 run to help the Red Raiders wipe out an 11-point deficit in the second half. Smith had nine points and eight rebounds.

Francis, a junior transfer from Florida whose only previous double-digit game was 10 in a 34-point blowout over Savannah State, hit two go-ahead jumpers in the closing minutes. The Red Raiders shot 58 percent in the second half while holding the Mountaineers to 33 percent.

There were three lead changes and three ties late in the second half before Niem Stevenson hit two free throws to put the Red Raiders in front for good with 2:07 remaining.

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West Virginia ( 15 -1, 4-0 Big 12) struggled to make shots the entire game but extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 After starting 10- 2 , Baylor has lost three of four, with the other recent setbacks coming against No . 8 Texas Tech and No. 16 TCU.

It was the first time Texas Tech won a Top 10 matchup. Two of the three in school history were this week, starting with a 75-65 loss to No. 9 Oklahoma on Tuesday.

After struggling in a home win over Baylor earlier this week in the first game with their highest ranking since Jerry West's senior season in December 1959, the Mountaineers couldn't keep the raucous crowd out of it when it looked like they were in control.

The surge that got the Red Raiders back in the game was a good illustration of the depth Texas Tech will likely rely on in the Big 12. Five players hit buckets, capped by a 3 from Francis that cut the deficit to 49-48.

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West Virginia: Ahmad's impact was immediate after coming off the bench early in the first half. While the numbers weren't big early, he finished 6 of 12 from the field, hit a couple of 3s and added six rebounds.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders also probably found another key contributor in Francis. He seemed to relish the moment, staring down his teammates on the bench after each big shot he hit in the second half.

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Eighth -ranked Texas Tech ended the longest winning streak in the country and created a four-way tie atop the Big 12 Conference on Saturday. Niem Stevenson’s free throws with 2 :06 left snapped a 65-65 tie and Keenan Evans’ leaning jumper in the final minute sealed a 72-71 victory over No

Texas Tech 's Josh Webster (3) and Brandone Francis (1) celebrate during Saturday’s game against West Virginia . The Mountaineers had their nation-leading 15 - game winning streak stopped. Jevon Carter scored 28 points – one off his career high – for West Virginia (15- 2 , 4-1).

UP NEXT

West Virginia: No. 12 Kansas at home on Monday.

Texas Tech: At Texas on Wednesday.

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