Sunday night the McNeese State Cowboys (6-3) came out the second half with a different look offensively to close a 5-point deficit and sneak out of Lubbock with their first win over a Big 12 opponent in the last ten tries.
Craig McFerrin led the Cowboys with 18 points and six rebounds, while Kevin Hardy and Ledrick Eackles each added 13.
Eackles shot 3 of 3 from beyond the arc, and 2 of 2 at the free-throw line to lead McNeese State’s second-half comeback.
“I practiced those shots every day and every night,” Eackles said. “In the morning, I get up and shoot, shoot, shoot.”
All 13 of Eackles' points came in the second half.
“In the first half I had zero points and I went in the locker room and knelt down and asked God and He opened up my arsenal,” Eackles said.
Jaye Crockett led the Red Raiders (5-2) with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Josh Gray added 15 points and three steals, while Dejan Kravic and Trency Jackson each added 11.
“With any game you’re going to have runs,” Crockett said. “The time was just running out and they started getting runs at the right time.”
The Red Raiders missed on nine of 10 3-point attempts in the second half.
“It’s horrible,” Crockett said. “We didn’t really realize until after the game and coach told us how many we missed.”