LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Brandon Mouton plays basketball to make
great plays. He made one for Texas at the buzzer Monday night.
Mouton's 3-pointer with no time remaining sent the game into
overtime and the Longhorns (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) beat Texas Tech (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) 62-61
to snap the Red Raiders' 12-game winning streak.
"I didn't have much time to mess around with it," Mouton said.
"Once I got it in the air, it felt good. When it dropped through,
I knew we had five more minutes to play."
Royal Ivey, a 57 percent free throw shooter for the season, made
his first two free throws of the game with 17 seconds left in
overtime to give Texas a 62-59 lead.
Mouton's 22-foot shot off a crosscourt inbounds pass -- Texas
calls the play the "box-special" -- with 2.6 seconds left in
regulation was from right in front of his bench and tied the game
at 55. He finished with eight points on 3-for-10 shooting.
Texas coach Rick Barnes said his team works on just such plays.
"Brandon just made an unbelievable shot," he said. "We were
just trying to get a shot. I thought the play prior to that was big
because we were able to get the ball to halfcourt."
Texas got the ball to halfcourt when Brian Boddicker heaved an
inbounds pass to Ivey, who called a timeout.
Texas Tech coach Bob Knight said he takes the "whole
responsibility" for giving up (Mouton's) basket at the end.
"They made a terrific play. But I'm at fault for not calling a
timeout," he said. "I think I cost us the game in that regard. I
should have taken a timeout. I took one, but I should have taken
another one, but I liked our set up and the kid hit a great shot."
Texas Tech had a chance to win it with 1.9 seconds left in
overtime after Kenny Taylor of Texas missed the front end of a
1-and-1. Tech's Andre Emmett grabbed the rebound and called a
timeout. Jarrius Jackson missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The win was seventh straight in Lubbock for the Longhorns.
Emmett, the Big 12's leading scorer coming into the game at 22.2
points per game, didn't score his first field goal until 1:16
remained in the first half. He finished with nine points.
"That's Coach Barnes," Ivey said. "He's not known for playing
zone. They hit some 3, but we did a pretty good job shutting down
their main player."
Tech's defense "embarrassed our offense in the first half,"
"Our offense was awful, but we hung in there," he said. "We
kept fighting through a tremendous crowd and a great college
atmosphere. We were fortunate to get a win."
Texas (13-3, 4-1) overcame a 10-point deficit early in the
second half with P. J. Tucker getting seven of his nine points in
Texas Tech (16-3, 4-1) broke a 22-22 halftime tie with a 10-0
run that included two 3-pointers by Mikey Marshall. Texas scrapped
back to tie it at 41 on a rebound basket by Tucker with 7:45
remaining and the Longhorns took the lead on a 3-pointer by Mouton
with 5:30 remaining. There were six ties and two lead changes after
Kenton Paulino scored 12 points -- all in the first half -- and
Boddicker added nine for Texas.
Jackson scored 17 points for the Red Raiders, while Marshall and
Ronald Ross each added 14.
No Texas Tech players were available for interviews after the
The Red Raiders, who came into the game averaging 3.5 3-pointers
per game, finished 8-of-25 from 3-point range. Marshall, who
entered the game just 1-for-2 from beyond the arc, was 4-of-7.
Tech played without Robert Tomaszek who was out with an injured
right ankle. He is the Red Raiders' fourth-leading scorer (8.8
points) and is second in rebounds (5.4).
Earlier Monday, Emmett became the first player in conference
history to be named player of the week five times in one season.