WACO, Texas — When Texas Tech upset No. 6 Kansas on Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena, it used to be an consideration-getter to the college basketball world. Not satisfied, the Red Raiders apparently told every person to eye what’s subsequent.
They took the demonstrate on the road Tuesday night and did the identical to high-ranked Baylor.
Adonis Hands scored 14 facets and four teammates joined him in double-digit scoring as No. 19 Tech beat the defending national champions, 65-62, ending the Bears’ nation-excellent 21-sport take saunter.
Senior forward Kevin McCullar scored 12 facets, at the side of a 3-level purpose that gave Tech a 59-52 lead — its excellent of the night — and the Red Raiders weathered a late phrase.
“For sure one amongst my excellent wins in my profession right here at Tech,” mentioned McCullar, who used to be fragment of an NCAA Match runner-up . “I am lawful delighted I did it with these guys and coach (Designate) Adams. It used to be lawful an improbable feeling.”
Kevin Obanor and Bryson Williams every scored 13 facets for Tech (12-3, 2-1 within the Good 12), which took down a national No. 1 for the major time since a December 2019 conquest of Louisville in Madison Square Garden.
Guards Adam Flagler and James Akinjo scored 17 apiece for Baylor (15-1, 3-1), which had its nation-main 21-sport take saunter snapped and suffered its first loss at house since February 2020 in opposition to Kansas.
That consequence gave the impact now not going when the Bears inclined sizzling perimeter shooting to vogue 15-level leads twice within the major half. Adams mentioned the Red Raiders “could maybe luxuriate in rolled up the tent and long previous house,” nonetheless he coaxed them to hang in.
“You are lawful trying to gain them emotionally stirred up so that they’ll withhold clawing,” he mentioned. “I made the level that they made some indubitably tricky shots early and these forms of shots don’t appear to be going to fall late. Good discontinuance after them, withhold a hand of their face and let’s withhold involving forward.”
The Bears cut a 63-57 deficit to one with 28 seconds left on a 3-level purpose and two free throws, all by Akinjo. After Tech’s Davion Warren made two faulty shots with 19.4 seconds to head, Akinjo’s 3 to drive beyond frequent time used to be off the mark.
Tech followers, who made their presence felt within the Ferrell Center with “Raider Energy” chants, bought to luxuriate in a honest correct time for the second time in four days.
Easy ample for them. Much less so for the avid gamers who had lawful upset Kansas.
“I was so overjoyed with the fellows,” Adams mentioned. “We prepared correctly and again bought emotionally prepared. I told these guys, there’s 350 Division I faculties or more within the market, and they’d all like to be playing the volume-one team, so it used to be a ample opportunity for us and thank goodness we took profit of it.”
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McCullar’s huge 3 came with 2: 39 to head after which Baylor guards James and Flagler rallied the Bears. Flagler scored on support-to-support trips, his 3-level purpose making it 59-57 with 1: 39 to head.
Hands answered that by occurring the lane, spinning within the air and finishing with a dunk. Requested to listing that switch, the 6-foot-5 switch from Winthrop mentioned, “I could maybe listing it as faulty.”
“We had been reminding Adonis since the summer that he’s bought the excellent vertical (soar) on the team,” Adams mentioned. “Adonis did not even know how honest correct he’s or could maybe maybe be, nonetheless he has ample God-given ability, he’s so athletic and has a ample skillset to head with it.”
McCullar performed 31 minutes on an ankle that Adams mentioned athletic trainers estimated at 65 p.c of healthy. McCullar checked into the game lower than two minutes in and mentioned the ankle “did not indubitably feel too immoral.”
“He performed with a lot of braveness,” Adams mentioned. “I asked him forward of the game if he desired to play. He with out a doubt mentioned, ‘I am playing.’ We could maybe maybe not luxuriate in gained with out Kevin’s efficiency.”
Most efficient three of Baylor’s first 15 opponents had stayed within single digits, Iowa Affirm being the closest in a 77-72 Bears victory on Original three hundred and sixty five days’s Day in Ames, Iowa.
The lead changed hands four times from the heart of the second half on. Hands came all thru Williams for a wide-begin 3 that place Tech up 54-52 with 4: 47 to head.
Tech, down 24-9 and 31-16 within the major half, pulled even for the third time within the second half on a Obanor dunk that made the rating 46-46. Clarence Nadolny, who finished with 11 facets, made one of two free throws that gave the Red Raiders their first lead and when Hands scored on a putback, Tech used to be up 49-46 with 9: 02 to head.
A three-level play by Williams capped a 17-2 run that evened the rating at 33. Then after Akinjo place the Bears support forward along with his second basket of the half, McCullar tied it again moments later with a make a selection and layup.
Akinjo sent an alley-oop saunter that Kendall Brown dunked for a 41-37 lead forward of Tech’s Obanor and the Bears’ L.J. Cryer traded 3s.
Flagler’s fourth 3 gave Baylor a 31-16 lead. Tech countered with a 10-level burst, the final two buckets coming from Nadolny on support-to-support trips.
Hands fed Nadolny reducing to the basket for one hoop and McCullar grabbed a defensive rebound and threw a protracted outlet saunter that Nadolny converted with a dunk, narrowing the opening to 31-26 and prompting a Bears timeout at 1: 14 forward of halftime.
The Bears had a double-digit lead lower than eight minutes into the game and pushed it to 24-9 when huge man Flo Thamba fetched a missed 3-level strive and place it support with 9: 10 left within the half.
No. 19 Texas Tech is scheduled to host Oklahoma Affirm at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday with the contest to be streamed online on ESPN+ and fuboTV.
No. 1 Baylor is slated to host Oklahoma Affirm at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday.