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Texas Tech coach Mark Adams credits determination, grit for Red Raiders upset of No. 1 Baylor

The No. 19 Texas Tech Red Raiders knocked off No. 1 Baylor to give the Bears their first loss of the season and snap their 21-game winning streak. The 65-62 win was sparked by a 39-31 advantage in the second half by the Red Raiders. Five different players scored in double figures to end the night and knock off the country’s best team. Baylor head coach Scott Drew was pleased with his team’s performance in the first half but felt his team let their foot off the gas pedal. On the flip side, Texas Tech coach Mark Adams credited his squad’s determination to not fold at halftime.

After the game, Adams talked about the turnaround coming out of the locker room.

“We showed a lot of determination, grit and character,” Adams said after the game. “I’m very proud of them and blessed to be their coach. We could have just quit in about that first 10 minutes. But the guys just hung around and kind of got back in it at halftime, and then were able to gain some momentum as the game went on.”

Drew said he was not surprised at the skill level presented from Texas Tech.

“There’s a reason why they’re top-20,” Drew said. “They’re a good team … You’ve got to give Texas Tech a lot of credit. I think the first 15 minutes, we did a great job, and then the last five minutes of the first half they finished on a great run and had momentum.”

Adams commented on how big it was for his team to pull themselves back within single digits at halftime, setting up for a solid second half.

“They were putting it to us, built a big hole for ourselves, but the guys just hung around and kind of got back in at halftime,” Adams said of the Red Raiders getting back within 31-26 by halftime. “And then, we were able to gain some momentum as the game went on. Just a lot of determination and grit and character.”

Kevin McCullar was the spark plug needed for Texas Tech to pull off the upset. He drained a few 3-pointers to extend the lead late in the game.

“I thought (Texas Tech) having Kevin back was the game-changer,” Drew said. “He has experience and knows these game situations . . . I think he calmed them down. We jump early and he checked into the game and stabilized them. So, he was a big difference-maker for them.”

McCullar finished the game with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes. Adonis Arms led the Red Raiders in scoring with 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes.

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No. 19 Texas Tech (12-3) takes on Oklahoma State (8-6) Thursday while, No. 1 Baylor (15-1) takes on the Cowboys Saturday.

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