When was the last time Texas Tech won a Big 12 game despite a subpar performance?
The Red Raiders' 60-49 victory over TCU wasn't pretty and definitely wasn't as impressive as Tech's 82-72 upset of No. 12 Baylor on Wednesday, but the result did end some ignominious streaks.
The win gave Texas Tech (10-8, 2-3) consecutive victories in conference play for the first time since Jan. 29, 2011 (Texas Tech defeated Nebraska, Iowa State and Oklahoma State in a row).
Saturday marked the Red Raiders' first true road win of the season and first since defeating TCU 62-53 last season in a non-conference tilt.
The victory also served as the last Big 12 road win since Jan. 26, 2011 at Iowa State, during the previously mentioned win streak.
So how'd they do it?
Tech jumped out to a 22-8 lead in the first half, due in large part to some abysmal shooting by the Horned Frogs (9-8, 0-5). The Red Raiders returned the favor by allowing TCU to end the first half on a 16-1 run to take a 24-23 lead into the break.
Foul trouble was an issue for the Red Raiders all game as Jordan Tolbert and Robert Turner each sat for extended periods in the first half and Jaye Crawford eventually fouled out. TCU also took advantage at the free throw line by knocking down 26 of 31 attempts to keep the game close.
Tech led most of the second half, but TCU cut the lead to 51-48 with 1:26 remaining on a three-point play by freshman forward Karviar Shepherd on an out-of-bounds-play.
After burning some time on the ensuing possession, Turner answered for the Red Raiders with a six-foot runner to push the lead back to five with 54.5 seconds on the clock.
Horned Frog point guard Kyan Anderson made it to the foul line just seconds later on a questionable foul call but had to settle for a split as chant of "Raider Power" rained down from Tech fans in attendance.
The Red Raiders put the game away with free throws and a runout layup by Turner, who finished with 12 points, three rebounds and a pair of assists, off a long miss by TCU.
Dusty Hannahs provided a spark off the bench to lead Tech in scoring with 13. Center Dejan Kravic turned in another stellar performance with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
Tolbert struggled mostly due to foul trouble and finished with seven points and five rebounds. Crockett wasn't very active offensively, but stuffed the stat sheet with six points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.
In other words, Tolbert and Crockett picked the right game to be non-factors offensively.
Shepherd and Amri Fields led the way for the Horned Frogs with 15 points apiece.
Next up for Tech is a rematch with West Virginia (10-8, 2-3) in Morgantown 7 p.m. Wednesday after dropping a 89-86 heartbreaker in overtime to the Mountaineers earlier this month.
Texas Tech travels to Fort Worth to take on TCU 5 p.m. Saturday. The Red Raiders are looking to…