LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 11 Texas Tech owned the first half against Northwestern State as the Red Raiders established a 43-point lead at the break on the way to a 79-44 victory at the United Supermarkets Arena.
Sophomore guard Jarrett Culver continued to dominate for the Red Raiders, scoring a team-leading 15 points on the night, while grabbing 6 rebounds and totaling 5 assists.
The game began with a Texas Tech 5-0 run when Tariq Owens hit a jumper and Matt Mooney connected with one beyond-the-arc.
This would begin a series of first-half runs for the Red Raiders (9-0).
In just nine minutes of game play, Texas Tech would go on a 15-0 run, highlighted by three 3-pointers and a few free throws by the Red Raiders to put the team up 20-2 with 11:25 left in the first half.
Another 14-0 run by Texas Tech, extended by stellar defense from Malik Ondigo, who had a block, and Brandone Francis, who snagged a steal, put the Red Raiders ahead 38-9 with 7 minutes left in the first half.
Texas Tech only allowed Northwestern State to score 10 heading in halftime.
Even though the Red Raiders outscored the Demons by 43 in the first half, Northwestern State outscored Texas Tech by 8 in the second half.
“Our theme this year is consistency,” Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard said. “Tonight’s a great example of how we’re not quite there yet. I thought the first half, we played the game as well you could play basketball. In the second half, we just didn’t have much discipline and weren’t consistent.”
The Red Raiders pulled together yet another 13-3 run with 4:30 left in the game, featuring two 3-pointers made by Deshawn Corprew, and a layup by Andrew Sorrells with help from Avery Benson, who had a behind-the-back, no-look pass to Sorrells.
The Red Raiders will host Abilene Christian University at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, marking the last time this annual throwback game will take place in the Coliseum.