The Red Raiders trailed by 20 points with 12 minutes to go and pulled within two, but fell just short against Alabama Wednesday night, 66-62.
Texas Tech's Jaye Crockett and Alabama's Nick Jacobs go after a rebound during their game on Wednesday in Lubbock.
“I think everybody in the locker room realized we almost let one slip away today,” Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said.
Trevor Lacey scored 11 of his 21 points, going 4 of 4 from the 3-point line, in the first eight minutes of play, to give Alabama the early lead.
Trevor Releford added 17 points, going 11 of 14 from the free throw line, and grabbed six rebounds for the Crimson Tide (7-3).
“In the first half we gave them 15 second chance points,” Texas Tech coach Chris Walker said. “In the second half they got none.”
Jaye Crockett led the Red Raiders with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Jordan Tolbert added 12 points.
“It all came from my teammates,” Tolbert said. “The way we fought back, there’s no better feeling than that.”
Ty Nurse hit on a 3-pointer with 1:08 left to put Tech within two, but Levin Randolph responded with a layup with 35 seconds left to make it a two-score game.
The young Red Raiders team showed more toughness grew during Wednesday night’s game, Walker said.
“I want to be a tough, hard-nosed, lunch-pail type team,” Walker said.
Texas Tech (5-3) hosts Arizona State (9-2) on Saturday.