Red Raiders defeat Texas 61-55 in Austin

Bryson Williams went for 17 points and six rebounds while Clarence Nadolny scored 14 to help lead No. 11 Texas Tech to a 61-55 win over No. 20 Texas on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center.

The Red Raiders (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) swept the regular-season series over the Longhorns (19-8, 8-6 Big 12) for the second straight year, have now won four in a row in Austin and are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between the programs after limiting UT to only 28.3 percent shooting. Tech and UT went to halftime tied at 28 with the Red Raiders scoring the final five points of the first half before Williams came out of the break to score four straight and Adonis Arms hit a 3-pointer for a 13-0 run and 35-28 lead.

"This game felt like a tug-of-war," Texas Tech coach Mark Adams said. "They were fighting for everything and we were doing the same. I have a lot of respect for Coach (Chris) Beard and his staff. I've learned so much from them. I don't like playing my friends. Our teams are very similar. We both guard and are very physical and tough. We were just fortunate enough that the clock ran out and we had a win."

Tech is now 2-0 against the Longhorns this season after also earning a 77-64 win on Feb. 1 in Lubbock and 7-3 against ranked opponents this season after also taking an 83-73 win over No. 7 Baylor on Wednesday. Williams now has 100 games in his career scoring in double figures and 1,996 points. 

The game remained close, including when Tech built a 56-46 lead with 3:38 to play with the Longhorns responding quickly with Andrew Jones hitting a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game with 1:36 to play. Kevin Obanor and Nadolny would both hit a pair of free throws to close out the game and earn the sweep.

Tech finished the game with three players in double figures with Arms scoring 10 points to join Williams and Nadolny. Williams led the team with 17 points and is now only four points from reaching 2,000 in his career. He was 6-for-13 from the field and 5-for-6 at the free-throw line to lead Tech, while Nadolny was two points from his career high after going for 14 points in 20 minutes as a reserve. He had 16 against Kansas earlier this season.

Marcus Santos-Silva led the Red Raiders with eight rebounds and also had six points in the win, while Arms added seven rebounds to his 10 points. Terrence Shannon, Jr. added six points, six rebounds and a team-high three assists in the win. Arms led Tech with four offensive rebounds, while Santos-Silva had three and Williams and Shannon two each in a game where the Red Raiders finished with 17 offensive rebounds.

Williams scored 11 of his 17 in the second half, while Nadolny had eight in the final 20 minutes. Williams also had five rebounds in the second half where Tech outscored the Longhorns by a 33-27 margin and held UT to 8-for-30 shooting. 

Tech finished the game with 45-36 rebounding advantage and with a 26-10 scoring advantage in the paint in the physical battle. TTU was only 3-for-14 on 3-pointers int eh game but went 20-for-29 at the free-throw line and scored 15 second-chance points.

Andrew Jones led the Longhorns with 20 points by going 4-for-10 on 3-pointers, while Courtney Ramey had nine points and Timmy Allen scored six. Christian Bishop had a game-high 11 rebounds but was limited to three points.

Arms had seven points while Williams and Nadolny had six each at halftime with the game tied at 28. The Red Raiders were 9-for-26 from the field and 1-for-5 on 3-pointers at the break, while Texas was shooting 9-for-30 from the field and 3-for-11 from beyond the arc. Obanor hit Tech's only first-half 3-pointers in a half where the Red Raiders were 9-for-14 at the line and UT was 7-for-7. Jones led Texas with 13 points, while Ramey had nine. Both teams had nine turnovers going into the break.

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