Texas Tech 96, Cal-Irvine 81
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Jeff Herdman scored 20 points, 15 in the second half, as Cal-Irvine handed Texas Tech its 20th consecutive loss Saturday 96-81 in the consolation semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout.
The losing streak is the longest in NCAA Division I.
The Red Raiders, who haven’t won since last Dec. 30, led by 11 points in the first half and 49-45 at halftime. But the run-and-gun Cal-Irvine Anteaters, who imitate the style made famous by Loyola Marymount, went on a 14-3 spurt to lead 68-59 with 11:12 remaining.
The Anteaters, who play Siena in Sunday’s fourth-place game, stretched the lead to 81-68 with 8:02 remaining.
Texas Tech scored 6 straight points and pulled within 81-74 on Bernard Saulsberry’s 3-pointer with 5:19 remaining. But Ricky Butler scored from inside and Cornelius Banks hit a 3-pointer to increase the margin to 12 and the turnover-plagued Red Raiders never threatened again.
Herdman and Banks each hit three 3-pointers in the second half. David Hollaway added 18 points and Banks 16 for the Anteaters, who lost to UCLA 134-101 in the first round. Derrix Butts led Texas Tech with 20 and Saulsberry had 14.
Texas Tech, which lost to Alaska-Anchorage in the opening round, plays Nevada for seventh place on Sunday.