Texas Tech-Kansas: Red Raiders Tri-Fect No. 9 Jayhawks

Andrew GloverCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2009

In 2005, the Texas Tech Red Raiders beat the Kansas Jayhawks 80-79 in double overtime. In 2007, Tech won 69-64. In 2009, the Red Raiders (13-17, 3-12) won their third consecutive home game against the No. 9 Jayhawks (24-6, 13-2) 84-65.

Unlike Tech’s previous two wins, this game did not go down to the end. The Red Raiders never trailed in the game. The closest Kansas got to Tech was one point when they trailed 39-38 at the beginning of the second half.

Senior Alan Voskuil led the way for the Red Raiders on senior night. In his final game at United Spirit Arena, Voskuil scored a career-high 35 points and a career-high of nine three-pointers. Additionally, Voskuil is the 31st Tech player to score more than 1,000 points.

Mike Singletary scored 18 points, Nick Okorie scored 17 points, as Voskuil, Singletary, and Okorie combined to score 70 of Tech’s 84 points.

The Red Raiders made eight three-pointers in the first half finishing the game with 15. Tech shot 55 percent from the three-point line and 88.5 percent from the free throw line. The win snapped a six-game losing streak.

John Roberson led the team in assists with eight; Singletary led the team in rebounds with 10.

The Jayhawks’ loss ended their six-game winning streak and temporarily denied them the chance of clinching the Big XII regular season title. Kansas shot 33 percent from the field; they shot 16 percent from the three-point line and 67.9 percent from the free throw line.

Sherron Collins and Marcus Morris led the Jayhawks in scoring with 11 points each. Collins and Morris were the only Jayhawks to score in double figures. Morris led the team in rebounds with eight and Collins led the team in assist with nine.

The Red Raiders jumped out early in the first half, taking a 7-1 lead. Okorie scored the first four points of the game and Voskuil added a three-pointer.  Tech did not allow Kansas a field goal until the 16:43 mark of the first half.

The Jayhawks cut the lead to two with Tyshawn Taylor hitting a jumper and Morris making a tip shot.  Nevertheless, the Red Raiders went on an 8-0 run to increase their lead to 15-5. Roberson and Voskuil both hit three pointers during the run.

The Red Raiders would lead by as much as 18 in the first half, leading 39-21 with 4:33 left in the half. Kansas would score the last eight points of the half, with Travis Releford hitting two layups and Tyrel Reed making a three.

Tech led 39-28 at halftime.

In the second half, the Jayhawks started quickly. Morris hit two dunks to bring the game within seven, prompting Tech head coach Pat Knight to call a 30-second timeout. Kansas would make it a two-point game with 16:24 left. Taylor and Cole Aldrich made layups and Brady Morningstar hit a three.

The game went back and forth for over a minute until Voskuil hit a three to give Tech a 48-41 lead with 14:07 left in the game. Voskuil made another three, thirty seconds later to give Tech an eight-point advantage.

The Jayhawks got a technical with 12:16 left, Voskuil made both free throws to give Tech an 11-point lead.  However, the Jayhawks would make a last rally. Over the next four minutes, Kansas went on an 11-3 run to cut Tech’s lead to 57-54 with less than eight and a half minutes.

On the Red Raiders next possession, Okorie hit a three-pointer to put Tech’s lead back to six. Morris fouled with 7:43 left in the game and received a technical for arguing. Voskuil and Okorie each hit two free throws to give the Red Raiders a 64-54 lead.

Tech would not allow the Jayhawks to get closer than six points the rest of the game. In the last minute of the game, Voskuil hit his last two three-pointers, which gave Tech their largest lead of 21 points.

Just like the two previous victories over Kansas, the students swarmed the court and were chanting Voskuil’s name when he was being interviewed by ESPN.

The Jayhawks close out the regular season at home against the Texas Longhorns (20-9, 9-6). The Red Raiders will travel to Iowa State to play the Cyclones (14-16, 3-12).