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No. 10 seed South Florida edges Texas Tech 71-70

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Inga Orekhova scored 20 points, including five 3s, to lead No. 10 South Florida past Texas Tech 71-70 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.

Andrell Smith added 13 points in the win over the seventh-seeded Lady Raiders.

ESPN's TV feed cut out for the final few minutes with the game tied, leaving the audience unable to see the conclusion.

Announcer Cara Capuano called the final 30 seconds over the phone. The feed finally came back after the final buzzer sounded, showing South Florida's cheerleaders celebrating the victory.

Texas Tech led most of the way, but three straight field goals by Smith with about 13 minutes left gave South Florida a 46-44 lead.

Christine Hyde hit back-to-back baskets to tie it at 59 and Orekhova hit her final 3 to tie it at 66 with 1:09 left.

Smith hit two free throws, Tiffany Conner added one and Alisia Jenkins hit two with four seconds left to make it 71-67 and seal the win for the Bulls (22-10).

Hyde scored 20 points and Chynna Brown added 17 to lead Texas Tech (21-11).

The Bulls will play No. 2 seed California in the second round Monday night.

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