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Buzzer-beaters and late-game heroics make for fantastic theater while you’re at the successful aspect. Texas realized Wednesday simply how depressing shedding such a heart-stoppers will also be.

Texas Tech’s Mac McClung buried a 19-footer over UT’s Courtney Ramey with 3 seconds to assist the 15th-ranked Pink Raiders break out the Erwin Middle with an 79-77 victory.

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A minimum of, that’s how they’ll inform it in Lubbock over the following couple of days. The post-game party within the visiting locker room used to be ear-splitting pandemonium. McClung even courteously stepped clear of ESPN’s postgame interview on nationwide TV to move rejoice.

Speaking about pulling one out of the hearth. Tech (11-Three, Four-2 Large 12) has now gained 3 immediately highway video games for the primary time since 1997.

In Austin, the fourth-ranked Longhorns (10-2, Four-1) will take a look at this disappointed in a lot other phrases. Positive, it’s only one loss but it surely’s their first loss in league play this season. It’s additionally the type of loss that’ll consume you up within in the event you let it.

“It hurts. It hurts,” Texas guard Matt Coleman stated. “We gained 5 or 6 immediately. Now we have simply been taking part in smartly, been attached. It is been a laugh. Profitable’s a laugh. It leaves a deficient style in everybody’s mouth, as a result of we’ve not misplaced a lot this 12 months.”

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Texas Tech’s Mac McClung is grabbed by means of teammate Kyler Edwards after hitting the successful basket towards Texas. (Photograph: Eric Homosexual, AP)

Down the final stretch, a wide-open layup used to be blown. A defensive breakdown resulted in a very easy Tech layup. A botched inbound play led to a turnover and gave the Pink Raiders a freebie.

How did Andrew Jones ring up 18 issues within the first part after which take just one shot in 16 mins in the second one part? Jericho Sims went 6-for-14 from the loose throw line, too.

It boiled down to 1 ultimate ownership. Coleman’s last-gasp operating Three-pointer used to be smartly off the mark. However in fact, the Horns most certainly gained’t even take a look at that play a lot all over Thursday’s post-mortem.

The entirety that led as much as that shot might be entrance and heart. And it’s a grim reminder that on this league, the margin for error is so ridiculously skinny, no person can take the rest without any consideration.

“Yeah, it hurts so much. However it’s important to be a large boy,” Texas males’s basketball trainer Shaka Good stated. “To begin with, as a trainer after which as a participant and watch the tape and take a look at the place we will be able to support what we will be able to do higher.”

This used to be simply probably the most thrilling video games of the season — nice back-and-forth motion, fantastic athleticism, some impressive performs and barking between the avid gamers. And no person used to be right here to witness it.

No enthusiasts have been allowed into the Erwin Middle as a result of the pandemic. The one enthusiasts clapping within the development have been UT directors. Pretend crowd noise used to be performed over the loudspeakers simply to provide where some atmosphere. It used to be cranked up on every occasion Tech had the ball and became off when Texas used to be taking pictures loose throws.

The actual enthusiasts at house most certainly fell off their sofa observing Courtney Ramey omit a wide-open layup with about 4 mins left. Texas used to be smack in the course of a chilly spell, having overlooked 5 of its final six photographs. Credit score Tech’s protection for that because the Raiders got here into Wednesday night time ranked 8th nationally in issues allowed (59.Four).

Ramey’s omit energized the socially-distanced Tech bench. Kyler Edwards got here to the opposite finish and buried a Three-pointer, giving Tech a 71-69 lead with Three:51 final.

Texas’ Greg Brown struggled together with his shot all night time however now not together with his protection. The freshman had 4 blocks and drew two fees in a slightly sensational effort on that finish. He in spite of everything were given a Three-pointer to fall to provide Texas a three-point lead.

The Horns looked to be in just right form, however then right here comes Tech’s Kevin McCullar. He drove during the protection for an excellent ranking, and it used to be again to a one-point sport.

Ramey shook off the overlooked layup with a nook Three-pointer and Texas used to be again up by means of 4. The entirety’s taking a look just right, proper? Brown went and drew a rate on Micah Peavy with 53 seconds left, and Texas had the ball main by means of two. 

However at the inbound play, Ramey should’ve “were given his wires crossed” with Coleman, Good stated, and threw it away. Terrance Shannon Jr. used to be there for the straightforward ranking and it used to be all tied up. 

Coleman overlooked a step-back jumper from the aspect, and that set the level for McClung.

“I have made a few dangerous performs. I wasn’t in reality myself down the stretch,” stated Ramey, who is understood for being brutally truthful. “However I am going to be told from it, and that’s what just right avid gamers do. I’m now not going to reside on it. It hurts at this time, as a result of I to win each and every sport. However I’m going to get previous it and be there for my group. They’re going to be there for me.”

A number of different statistical oddities stick out. Texas pressured handiest seven turnovers. A group that prides itself on deflections didn’t ranking a unmarried level off the ones seven Tech turnovers, both. 

In the meantime, the Pink Raiders scored 19 issues off 15 Longhorns turnovers. You’ll pass a very long time sooner than seeing any other 19-Zero discrepancy like that once more.

Texas additionally used to be outscored 18-Four by means of Tech’s bench. The one time the Horns’ bench were given concerned got here after Brock Cunningham’s transparent block of a McClung shot try on the most sensible of the important thing. It used to be so blank, Cunningham even were given a congratulatory slap from Tech trainer Chris Beard.

However Cunningham used to be known as for a bad, so the Texas bench went apoplectic. Kamaka Hepa used to be operating across the enlarged bench house and drew a right away technical foul.

Except that, the Horns in reality didn’t get a lot power from their bench. The Raiders had avid gamers and coaches — and guy, does Beard deliver a large number of further other people — leaping for pleasure all night time lengthy.

“A few of it will were frustration. A few of it will were, you already know, just a little little bit of avoidance,” Good stated. “However I simply didn’t assume we had the similar juice general that we had to have as a group.”

Once more, it’s only one sport. Similar because the win at Kansas used to be only one sport. Or the win at West Virginia. However it’s one who’ll power Texas to regroup sooner than going once more Saturday towards Kansas State.

“It used to be a few issues that will have been have shyed away from for us not to have the finishing that it had,” Coleman stated.

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