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January 20, 2007

Texas Tech takes down No. 5 Kansas

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LUBBOCK, Texas -Darryl Dora scored 19 points to lead Texas Tech to a 69-64 victory over No. 5 Kansas on Saturday, snapping the Jayhawks' 10-game win streak.

It was the second time Tech has beaten the Jayhawks when they came to Lubbock as a Top 10 team. Dora was also the difference the last time. In February 2005, Dora hit a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds remaining in the second overtime to beat then-No. 2 Kansas 80-79.

As they did two years ago, the fans stormed the court and chanted "Bob-by! Bob-by!" after Tech coach Bob Knight left the court.

Alan Voskuil tipped in a rebound with 35 seconds remaining after Jay Jackson missed a shot to seal the win. After Kansas missed two 3-point attempts, Tech got the rebound and passed the ball to a wide-open Martin Zeno, who dunked it to cap the upset.

Tech played patiently after going ahead late in the first half. The Red Raiders didn't relinquish the lead the rest of the game and often waited until the final 10 seconds on the shot clock to go for a bucket.

They widened their lead steadily and got ahead 59-47 on two free throws by Dora with 5:27 remaining.

Tech (14-5, 3-1 Big 12) executed Knight's tight man-to-man defense consistently in the second half. Until the 3:42 mark, Kansas scored on only 11 of 25 possessions.

Julian Wright and Darrell Arthur each scored 12 points to lead the Jayhawks (16-3, 3-1).

Kansas used a 13-1 run to tie it at 62 with 1:42 remaining. But Jackson hit a floater in the lane and was fouled. He hit the free throw to put Tech up 65-62 with 1:03 remaining.

Tech hit six of its 16 3-point attempts, with Dora connecting on three of his eight attempts. Jackson, Tech's leading scorer, didn't get his first field goal until he hit a 3-pointer with 17:45 left in the game. He finished with 15 points and Martin Zeno added 14.

Jackson had just three points in the first half, hitting three of four free throws in the final 1:20 to give Tech a 31-28 lead at the break. There were three lead changes and two ties.

The Red Raiders struggled early, committing turnovers on their first three possessions. They didn't score for nearly 4 minutes. Eight of Kansas' first 14 points came off five Tech turnovers.

Dora hit back-to-back 3s to give Tech its first lead at 18-16 with just less than 10 minutes in the half.

Kansas kept the ball on the outside and got 3s from Sherron Collins and Mario Chalmers to go back on top 22-18. But Tech didn't wilt and used a 10-2 run to regain the lead at 28-24. Dora got five and Zeno added four in the spurt.

For more coverage of Texas Tech, visit RedRaiderSports.com; for more on Kansas, visit JayhawkSlant.com.



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