Texas Tech went toe-to-toe with second-ranked Duke, but the Red Raiders couldn’t produce a knockout punch.
Duke finished the game on an 20-5 run and edged the Red Raiders, 69-58, on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Guard Jarrett Culver went to the basket for a dunk that put Texas Tech in front, 53-49, with 7:32 left. Matt Mooney followed a minute later with a layup for a 55-53 edge, but that would be the Red Raiders’ last field goal.
Duke’s Jack White hit a 3-pointer to put the Blue Devils in front, 56-55, and Zion Williamson followed with a pair of free throws to start a crucial 7-0 surge. Duke (11-1) turned up the pressure on the defensive end and Texas Tech missed its last five shots from the field.
Culver scored 25 points to lead the Red Raiders (10-1), but he was the only Texas Tech player in double digits scoring.
The Red Raiders gave up a season-high 24 turnovers, but countered by forcing Duke into 19.
Williamson scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils.
Texas Tech took its largest lead of the game when Kyler Edwards got to the basket for a layup with 14:22 left in the second half, putting the Red Raiders in front, 42-34.
Blue Devils guard answered quickly with a layup and a jumper to keep Texas Tech from pulling away.