LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Travis Ford didn't breath easily when his Oklahoma State team got up by 25 points.
But the Cowboys held on as Texas Tech battled back within single digits and Terrel Harris scored 19 of his career-high 27 points in the first half to beat the Red Raiders 92-82 on Wednesday night.
"They're a very scrappy basketball team, very tough team," Ford said of the Red Raiders. "Every film I watch, they do the same thing. When they get down, they come back. Very feisty basketball club."
The Cowboys led by as many as 25 midway through the second half before Tech battled back. The Red Raiders used a 22-6 run, including a dozen points by Mike Singletary, to whittle their deficit to 74-68 with 3:12 remaining.
Byron Eaton hit two free throws and a field goal to push the lead back to 78-70 with 2:21 left and Tech couldn't pull closer down the stretch .
The Cowboys lost their shotmaking touch during Tech's run and the Red Raiders attacked the basket.
"They were not being hesitant whatsoever," Ford said. "We were fouling and allowing them to come back with the clock stopped and send them to the foul line. That's exactly what you don't want to do late in the game."
James Anderson added 24 points for the Cowboys.
Harris hit on 9-of-13 from the field for the Cowboys (16-9, 5-6 Big 12) and made four 3-pointers off six attempts. The Cowboys made 12 of 25 attempts from 3-point range.
"Terrel kept us in the game," Ford said. "He was really in the flow. He was knocking shots down. He wasn't hesitating. He was playing with some intensity, some passion."
Harris said he and his teammates played a strong game defensively.
"They didn't get a lot of extra shots and that's what teams have been usually killing us on is those second shots," he said. "I think that allowed us to get out on our break, get into the flow of our offense and get a lot of shots."
Singletary scored a season-high 24 points to lead Tech (12-15, 2-9), which has now lost seven of its last eight games.
Tech coach Pat Knight, who stayed in the locker room to talk with his players, sent in his associate coach, Chris Beard, to address reporters. No players were made available.
The Red Raiders trailed 47-32 at halftime and had nine turnovers that the Cowboys cashed in for 18 points.
"The frustrating part was the first 30 minutes, the lack of enthusiasm, the lack of urgency to make plays against a good team, which Oklahoma State is," Beard said.
Tech likely will have to win the Big 12 tournament to get a postseason tournament bid, he said.
"Our goal every day is just to try to continue to get better. We're playing for the future. We're certainly still playing for something in terms of post season."
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
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