March 12, 2009

Singletary breaks record in upset of A&M

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma - Finding itself down by 19 at halftime, Texas Tech was looking for anything to get out from underneath the red-hot Texas A&M Aggies, winners of their last six games heading into Wednesday's first round of the Big 12 tournament. The answer came from sophomore forward Mike Singletary who broke the Big 12 tournament single-game record with 43 points.

Singletary nearly broke former Iowa State forward Marcus Fizer's 38-point record in the second half, as Singletary scored 35 in the half to lead the Red Raiders (14-18) to an 88-83 upset win over the sixth-seeded Aggies (23-9).

"I was in the zone I think," Singletary said. "My teammates just kept giving me the ball and we didn't want to lose this game. We didn't want to go home. We kept fighting hard and got some stops and luckily my shots just kept going in."

At one point in the second half, Singletary scored 29 straight points for the Red Raiders as the Aggies couldn't figure out how to stop the 6-foot-6, 230-pound sophomore from Kingwood, Tex. His 14 made field goals is also a Big 12 tournament single-game record as he finished 14-20 for the game.

The 19-point halftime deficit that Tech overcame is also the largest halftime deficit ever overcome in the Big 12 tournament.

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