‘Can’t Nobody Tell Me Nothin’ Red Raiders Ride Old Town Road to First National Championship Appearance
Chris Beard’s Texas Tech Red Raiders are now one win away from raising the National Championship trophy. The Red Raiders top rated defense once again proved its’ worth in a 61-51 grind it out victory over Michigan State Saturday night in Minneapolis.
The Red Raiders were led by junior Matt Mooney, who scored a game high 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting, making 4-of-8 of his 3-point attempts. Mooney controlled the pace all night on offense and was able to take advantage of his match-up against a smaller Cassius Winston.
Texas Tech entered the locker room leading 23-21, holding the Spartans to their lowest offensive scoring half of the season. After a Cassius Winston layup cut the Red Raider lead to 19-18 with 7:37 left in the first half, the Spartans were held scoreless for over six minutes, not making another field goal until Winston hit a three-pointer with 1:09 left.
Tech star Jarrett Culver was held to just one point in the first half after going 0-for-6 to start the game, but finished the contest with 10 points, making important baskets down the stretch.
In the second half, the Red Raiders jumped out to a 12 point lead with 11:18 left after a Matt Mooney three gave Texas Tech a 45-33 advantage.
The Spartans fought back per usual, and found themselves only down one with 2:55 left, after an Aaron Henry layup cut the Tech lead to 52-51. On the following offensive possession for Texas Tech, Jarrett Culver hit a runner to increase the Tech lead back to three, and from there the Red Raiders were able to pull away.
With the win, Texas Tech will face top-seeded Virginia Monday night in the title game. Tip off is set for right around 9:20 p.m. ET.