Dejan Kravic scores a last second put back basket as Texas Tech ends the Mountaineers season with a score of 71-69 in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.
With 13.0 seconds remaining, Texas Tech launched a deep jumper to win the game, and it missed. However, three Mountaineers stood watching at Kravic grabbed the rebound and put the ball through the nylon with just 0.4 seconds to play.
A last second hurl from Gary Browne wasn't remotely close as the Red Raiders advance in the Big 12 Tournament.
West Virginia (13-19, 6-13) will head home earlier than expected. The Mountaineers had beaten the Red Raiders in both contests earlier this season, but couldn't pull off a comeback tonight.
The team in red shot surprisingly well from the three-point line. The group was 8-for-11 from beyond the arc, while they shot just 46% from the field overall.
Texas Tech came out looking like they had the Mountaineers all figured out. After losing in the first two matchup's in the season, they jumped out to a lead as big as 14 in the first ten minutes.
The Red Raiders only led by five after the opening twenty minutes. West Virginia sank six of their final eight shots, while TTU missed six of their last eight attempts from the floor.
It wasn't until slightly over halfway through the second half West Virginia would gain their first lead of the contest. They kept it close with the Red Raiders as the game stayed close throughout the rest of the game.
The lead would exchange several times going down the final seconds. Deniz Kilicli had a chance to give the team a one point lead at the free throw line, but missed his second of two free-throw attempts.
In the previous two games against Texas Tech, WVU averages six more rebounds against them. However tonight, Tech outrebounded West Virginia by three.
Leading the way for West Virginia was a pair of new faces to the squad this season. Freshman Terry Henderson led the way in points with 12, while Aaric Murray also finished with 11 points of his own. Murray added eight rebounds and two blocks.
The Red Raiders followed behind the play of Jaye Crockett. In just 20 minutes on the floor, he had 18 points.
Two technical fouls were called on the Mountaineers. Aaric Murray received one away from the ball early in the game. Then in the second half, Matt Humphrey was called for basically just showing enthusiasm as the team sprouted a comeback.
Texas Tech will move on to play Kansas tomorrow on Thursday afternoon at 3:00. The Mountaineers can do nothing but hope a tournament calls their name to continue the 2013 season.