McNeese State coach Dave Simmons. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 11:23 AM
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Ledrick Eackles scored all 13 of his points in the second half Sunday night to lead McNeese State to an 80-75 comeback win over Texas Tech.
"He wanted to prove 'Coach I can help this team, just give me the opportunity,'" McNeese State coach Dave Simmons said. "He came in and played very well."
Craig McFerrin led all scorers with 18 points for McNeese State (6-3). He also had six rebounds. Kevin Hardy also scored 13 points for the Cowboys, who won their fifth straight game, and prevailed for the first time in 10 tries against a current member of the Big 12.
Jaye Crockett led the Red Raiders (5-2) with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Gray scored 15 points and recorded three steals, while Trency Jackson and Dejan Kravic each scored 11 for Texas Tech.
Eackles, who played 18 minutes in a reserve role, made all three of his 3-point attempts and making both free-throw tries in the final minute. One of his 3s, with 7:02 to play, gave the Cowboys the lead for good.
"I practiced those shots every day and every night," Eackles said.
McNeese State also changed their offensive game plan at halftime, which helped them find holes in Tech's press defense.
"We had to figure out what was our best offense more than anything else," Simmons said. "That was the only adjustment we made."
The Cowboys made over 57 percent of their tries from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line in the second half.
Crockett's layup with 48 seconds remaining brought Texas Tech within one point, but free throws by Eackles and Hardy sealed it for McNeese State.
The Red Raiders built a 10-point lead in the first half but the Cowboys closed within two before Texas Tech led 37-32 at the half.
The Cowboys also controlled the boards in the second half, 19-11, to finish with a 35-28 rebounding edge.
Desharick Guidry scored 12 points and grabbed six boards for the Cowboys.
McNeese State capitalized on 17 second-chance points, 10 in the second half, compared to Texas Tech's total of 12. The Red Raiders also went just 14 of 27 from the free-throw line.
Gray and Kravic each contributed three steals for the Red Raiders' total of 14, which translated into 22 points compared to the Cowboys' six.
McNeese State won for the first time on the road this season. The Cowboys are 5-0 at home, but had dropped their three previous away games. Their next one won't be easy — at No. 21 North Carolina on Saturday.
Texas Tech made only one 3-pointer in the second half — by Jackson a minute into the half. The Red Raiders missed all nine of their 3-point attempts the rest of the way and finished 3 for 18 in the game.
"It's horrible," Crockett said. "We didn't really realize until after the game and coach told us how many we missed."