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Red Raiders Lose McCullar, Comeback to Defeat TCU 82-69

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The Texas Tech men’s basketball team was victorious 82-69 against Texas Christian on Saturday afternoon at the United Supermarkets Arena. The Red Raiders outscored the Horned Frogs 45-29 in the second half.

Late in the first half, redshirt junior guard Kevin McCullar exited the game with an apparent right leg injury after stepping on TCU head coach Jamie Dixon’s foot. Tech’s minutes leader grabbed near his ankle and was helped off the court without putting any pressure on the leg.

The Red Raiders faced a thirteen-point deficit with around five minutes left in the first half after the Horned Frogs’ offense started 6-10 from three-point range.

After McCullar’s injury, Tech rallied to cut the deficit to three points which included a loud dunk from junior guard Terrence Shannon Jr.

Shannon Jr. continued to play well in the absence of McCullar and tallied 20 points, two assists, two rebounds, and two steals in the contest.

Senior forward Bryson Williams tallied 16 points and four rebounds in the game after being held to five points against Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Tech took a 12-point lead at the under-12 timeout as they lead the turnover battle 16-6 at that point. The Red Raiders finished the game leading the turnover battle 19-11.

The Red Raiders held a 21-point lead midway through the second half after trailing by three at the half.

Tech closed the game with solid defense and came out with a bounce-back win after the mid-week loss to Oklahoma. The Red Raiders will look to build on the victory against No. 10 Baylor at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the United Supermarkets Arena.

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