Durham scores 23, leads Providence over Texas Tech 72-68 | Ap thread

PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) – Al Durham scored 23 points to lead Providence to a 72-68 victory over undefeated Texas Tech on Wednesday night in the Big East-Big 12 battle.

Providence (7-1) has won four straight wins over Big 12 Conference opponents, beating Texas (2019) and TCU twice (2018 and 2020).

Texas Tech’s Kevin Obanor had a 3-point score that tied the game at 65 with 2:10 remaining. Durham scored the following four points before Terrence Shannon Jr.’s 3-point pointer took the Red Raiders to 69-68 with 59.3 seconds left. Durham and Alyn Breed sealed him at the free throw line.

Durham was 5 of 13 from the ground and 12 of 13 from the line. AJ Reeves added 14 points and Ed Croswell had 11 for the Friars.

Shannon Jr. scored 17 points to lead Texas Tech (6-1), who took the lead 25-13 and led 30-28 at the break. Obanor finished with 12 points and Kevin McCullar added 10.

The Friars opened the second half with a 19-9 run, capped by Breed’s 3-point pointer, for a 47-39 lead with 12:03 remaining. Durham had nine points during the streak. Obanor’s 3 tied the score at 51 with about eight minutes remaining.

It was only the second meeting between the teams. The Friars defeated the Red Raiders 53-52 at the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu in 1977.


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