Tech Player of the Game | Justin Gray had 10 points, 6 reboonds, and 2 assists. He was all over the court making plays, and did not have a turnover.
Stat of the Game | Butler went 9-17 (52.9%) from downtown, Kellen Dunham went 5-9 (55.6%).
How the Game was Lost | It was a back-and-forth battle, as it was a game of runs. Tech and Butler switched leads throughout the first and most of the second half. But, Butler turned it on and Tech could not keep pace at around the 8 minute mark in the second half. We were out-shot and out-rebounded all game long. Butler was the better team.
Turning Point | With a little over 6 minutes left in the game, Devaugntah Williams stole the ball and looked to pass it to a wide open Justin Gray for the layup or dunk. That would have made the score 56-54, and Tech only down two points. Williams gave up a bad pass and turnover that Bulter went to drain a downtown shot on their side of the court. Just like that it was 59-54. The battle back for Tech to take the lead never happened after that.
Team Observations: Tech had the fight back with them that we did not see in the Big 12 tournament. Even going down late in the second half, Tech did not let the game slip too far out of reach. It was not enough. Good season for the Red Raiders, and good experience for the young squad. We will be back and ready next year. Wreck ’em Tech!