One of the better ways to comeback from a 22-point deficit in basketball is to have one of your players go on an absolutely bonkers scoring tear. Simply overwhelm the team that’s ahead with so much offense, by the time they react, it’s too late. It also helps your comeback efforts once a team establishes such leads because the leading team has a tendency to let up, losing much of the intensity they used to build the lead in the first place. Just ask Texas A&M and Texas Tech. The Aggies were up big on the Red Raiders, dominating the game with a “hey, we belong on the bubble, too” type of intensity.
When the second half started, the Red Raiders were down by 19 points. What followed will go down in Big 12 basketball history: the now-awake Singletary scored 29 straight points as he single-handedly brought his team back from what was going to be an ugly loss. His 29-straight were apart of his 43-point total. Fittingly, Singletary hit two free throws with about two seconds left to help seal the Texas Tech victory.
When asked about his performance, Singletary offered this deadpan response, “I was just in the zone, I think.” You think? 29 straight and you think you were in a zone? Don’t be so damn humble, Mike. Not only were you in the zone, you ran around and played in it, making it your very own. Just in case you were wondering, Singletary didn’t have to jack up a ton of Iverson-like shots to get his either:
* 14-20 from the field
* 3-4 from behind the arc
* 12-14 from the free throw line
That, my friends, is the definition of efficiency.
After playing essentially three halves of basketball—and an overtime for good measure—I’d say everybody, including the trainers were tired. So what does 65 minutes of basketball get you besides dog-tired players? A closer look that some of the stats reveals some eye-opening numbers:
- 4 players logged over 50 minutes of floor time
- 2 A&M players played for 57 minutes
- 191 shots were taken between the teams
- Each team made 35 field goals a piece
- Shot a combined 106 free-throws
- Made 85
- Combined for 120 rebounds and 37 assists
- Committed a combined 69 fouls (over one a minute)
- Shot 57 3-point shots
- A&M made 4 in 65 minutes of basketball.. That’s right, four
- Baylor made only 7, making them a combined 11-57 from 3-point range
- 17 blocked shots
- 30 turnovers (one almost every two minutes)
- 8 players fouled out
- 9 players with double digit scoring… Jerrells led all scorers with 36 points