Texas Tech found its rhythm midway through the second half and blew past Memphis, 78-67, on Saturday afternoon in the Air Force Reserve Hoophall Miami Invitational at American Airlines Arena.
The Red Raiders trailed by 12 points with a little more than 9 minutes left before Deshawn Corprew scored 6 straight points, aided by a pair of assists by Brandone Francis. Corprew’s layup with 8:11 remaining seemed to ignite Texas Tech.
Memphis answered with Kyvon Davenport’s layup, but then the Red Raiders went on an 11-0 run. Jarett Culver had a dunk and a layup in the surge. Kyler Edwards made a pair of free throws and dished a nifty fast-break pass to Tariq Owens that he converted into a 3-point play.
Owens scored seven points in the key stretch of the game that saw Texas Tech go from behind 12 to 11 ahead in an overall 27-8 run to finish the game. Owens final points came on an emphatic dunk, assisted by Culver, that put the Red Raiders up 6.
Culver finished with 20 points to lead 20th-ranked Texas Tech. Owens contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds and 8 blocks. Corprew and Francis gave the Red Raiders four players in double digits with 12 and 10 respectively.
Texas Tech (7-0) gave up 17 turnovers, most of which came in the first 30 minutes of action. Memphis held the Red Raiders to 28 points in the first half and less than 40 through the first 27 minutes.
Even so, Texas Tech came alive in time to win on a neutral court against a major-conference opponent for the third time this season.