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Jared Butler stole the ball and hit two free throws with 11.6 seconds left in overtime Monday night, helping No. 4 Baylor hold off visiting Texas Tech 71-68 in their Big 12 Conference matchup in Waco, Texas.
Butler plucked Chris Clarke’s lob pass into the lane — the Red Raiders’ 20th turnover of the game — and scored the last of his 17 points to give the Bears (26-3, 15-2 Big 12) a three-point lead.
Texas Tech guard Davide Moretti airballed a 3-pointer under heavy pressure in the last five seconds, and Baylor was able to exhaust the final 1.3 seconds.
Senior Devonte Bandoo scored a game-high 18 points to pace the Bears. MaCio Teague, who drained a step-back 3-pointer to give Baylor a 69-65 lead with 1:13 left in overtime, finished with 14 points.
Jahmi’us Ramsey and Kevin McCullar each scored 13 points for the Red Raiders (18-12, 9-8), who lost their third straight game. Moretti added 11.
Neither team scored in the final 1:40 of regulation after Bandoo stroked a 3-pointer to even the game at 60. The teams combined for five turnovers on the last six possessions, with Bandoo’s 10-footer off the front iron the only shot in that span.
The first half set the tone for the night’s remainder — Texas Tech makes a run, Baylor counters. The Red Raiders opened up an 8-3 advantage when Ramsey hit a 3-pointer about 3 1/2 minutes in, but the Bears scored the next seven points for a 10-8 lead on a Bandoo trey off a turnover.
TJ Holyfield’s jumper made it 17-14 Texas Tech with 8:59 left, but Baylor went on an 8-2 run and regained a 22-19 lead on two foul shots by Flo Thamba at the 6:21 mark. Ramsey’s jumper with 4:16 remaining put the Red Raiders back up 26-24.
The final say in a back-and-forth half went to Texas Tech’s Terrence Shannon Jr., who converted a jumper 14 seconds before time expired to send the teams to the locker room tied at 30.
—Field Level Media