Chauncey Collins scored 19 points, hitting three free throws in the final minute. Brandon Parrish had 15 points, Vlad Brodziansky added 13 and Malique Trent had 10 for the Horned Frogs (12-20), who scuffled into the Sprint Center having lost seven consecutive games.
Justin Gray and Zach Smith scored 13 points apiece for the seventh-seeded Red Raiders (19-12), who now face a long weekend of waiting. Texas Tech has a strong RPI thanks to a series of wins over ranked teams, but could have used a victory in the Big 12 tournament to make Selection Sunday a bit more comfortable.
They’ll play No. 9 West Virginia, the tournament’s second seed, in Thursday’s quarterfinals.