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Texas Tech called a timeout and regained focus with a run of its own, scoring seven points in 44 seconds, between 3:33 and 2:49, to tie it 54-54.

Kansas State took a timeout with the game tied and 1:27 on the clock and Weber told his men to “just keep fighting and battling. Somebody make a play. The ball will bounce your way if you have a good attitude.”

A few Red Raiders were on the floor fighting for a loose ball that Kansas State recovered and got into the hands of Iwundu, who maneuvered around Hannahs for a layup and a trip to the line. Iwundu made the shot to take a 57-56 lead with 55 seconds to go.

“We do a good job of coming back, when you’re behind I guess that’s what you do,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “We fight, but we certainly can’t keep a lead.”

When Texas Tech was forced to foul, Spradling made the first of two free throws to lead 58-56. The Red Raiders missed an opportunity to tie or win as a miscommunication resulted in Robert Turner turning the ball over to Foster, which led to an Iwundu layup.

“We’ve got a chance to be a five, six, seven, eight seed, somewhere in there and there’s a lot of good things that can happen so we’ve had to do a lot of talking and prodding and psychological things, motivational stuff and I hope now this game gets us over the hump a little bit,” Weber said.

The Red Raiders out-rebounded the Wildcats 34-24 and scored 16 second chance points to the Wildcats four but didn’t close it out in the final minute.

“Rebounding is good if you can capitalize on it.” Smith said. “It’s only good if you can capitalize at the other end and we did some real bonehead things tonight and it cost us.”