Matt Mooney, Texas Tech
The senior guard scored 13 of his 22 points in the second half, while shooting 8-for-16 from the field and 4-for-8 from three-point range in Saturday’s nightcap.
Texas Tech had worked hard to push its small second-half lead up to six points. Then Mooney really made his mark and put the Spartans in deep trouble. The former South Dakota Coyote scored eight points for the Red Raiders during an 11-2 run, including back-to-back three-pointers to make it 45-33 with 11:17 left in the second half.
By the NUMBERS
2000 The last year the Big Ten won a national title, when the Spartans beat Florida. It’s ACC vs. Big 12 on Monday night.
9-0 Texas Tech’s run to end the game, which included keeping Michigan State scoreless for the final 2:54 after pulling within a point.
18-14 Texas Tech outscored Michigan State in points in the paint — an area in which the Spartans typically dominate opponents.
15-5 Bench points go in the favor of the Red Raiders, who got 13 points combined from Tariq Owens and Kyler Edwards.