Texas Tech's Owens (ankle) starts vs. Virginia

MINNEAPOLIS -- Texas Tech forward Tariq Owens started for the Red Raiders in their national championship game against Virginia on Monday night and scored 3 points before fouling out with 5:46 left in the game.

Texas Tech was down 59-51 when Owens fouled out.

Owens suffered a sprained ankle after falling awkwardly in the second half of Saturday night's win over Michigan State. He was assisted to the locker room but came sprinting out of the tunnel later in the game. He re-entered the game with 6:52 remaining but went back to the bench at the 5:38 mark.

Owens was seen wearing a walking boot on his right foot at US Bank Stadium on Sunday and didn't practice.

Owens, a 6-foot-10 senior, was a key factor during his 23 minutes against Michigan State. He had seven points and four rebounds and blocked three shots.

On the season, Owens averaged 8.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.