For the second-straight season, Texas Tech will bring a preseason tournament trophy home to Lubbock.
The Red Raiders dominated the second half led by a sparkling effort from Jarrett Culver to claim a 70-52 victory over Nebraska in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.
Culver scored 26 points, including 20 in the second half, as Texas Tech (5-0) stretched out to a 17-point lead with a little more than 6 minutes remaining. The Cornhuskers (4-1) could only cut the Red Raiders’ lead to 12 the rest of the way.
Culver made a 3-pointer with 8:16 remaining to put Texas Tech ahead by 13 and brought former Texas Tech and current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to his feet. Mahomes was sitting in the front row at the Sprint Center and frequently led the cheerleading for the Red Raider basketball team.
Texas Tech defeated USC and Nebraska to claim the Hall of Fame Classic championship trophy, which it can put next to last season’s Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Red Raiders defeated Boston College in the semifinals of that event, then smoked Northwestern by 36 points in the final.
The Red Raiders and Cornhuskers were tied at 26 with 2:11 left in the first half. Texas Tech guard Matt Mooney took over from there, making a pair of layups and a jumper to give the Red Raiders a 32-26 edge at the break.
Mooney led the Red Raiders with 9 points at halftime and finished with 15.