No. 25 Texas Tech looking to extend streak, host Louisiana Tech

11/10/2022;  Lubbock, Texas, United States;  Texas Tech Red Raiders forward Kevin Obanor (0) reverse dunks Texas Southern Tigers forward John Walker III (24) in the second half at United Supermarkets Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 25 Texas Tech will be looking to continue its impressive winning streak at home on Monday when Louisiana Tech comes to Lubbock, Texas.

The Red Raiders (2-0) have won 23 straight home games, most recently a 78-54 win over Texas Southern on Thursday.

Kevin Obanor, Texas Tech’s only returning starter and one of three players to return from last year’s Sweet 16 team, led the Red Raiders with 13 points and seven rebounds. Obanor now has 90 career games in double digits and had 900 career rebounds in Thursday’s win.

Jaylon Tyson added a career-high 13 points to the win while De’Vion Harmon had 12 points in a contest the Red Raiders trailed just 42 seconds behind.

“It’s only the second game of the season and we still have a lot of basketball left,” Obanor said. “We didn’t do anything special. I played right. That’s the right goal. I try not to make too much of force to get buckets. We just have to let everything happen naturally.”

Texas Tech had 11 players for the second game in a row. It jumped out to a 44-28 lead at halftime after shooting 58.6 percent from the field in the first half. Two contests capped opponents at 51.5 points per game and 31.5 percent shooting.

“We talk about culture before the game and about defending our culture,” said coach Mark Adams, who is in his second season with the Red Raiders. “You know, culture is many things. It’s our bench ethic as we hunker down, share the ball, a point to a teammate who gives you the support and then you know how to hit the ground. But you know that taking responsibility for being physical is a big part of it.

Monday’s competition will complete a three-game home stand to open the season for Texas Tech.

The Bulldogs (1-0) had a week off after defeating Division II Mississippi College 78-61 in their opener game at home on Nov. 7. Louisiana Tech was best in the last 10 minutes of the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second half, building a 24-point lead and driving to their 15th straight home win.

Four Bulldogs finished the game in double digits, led by Keaston Willis’ 20 points. Cobe Williams added 16 while Jordan Crawford had 15 and Isaiah Crawford, who got his first action nearly a year after suffering a season-ending injury, accumulated 12 points.

Louisiana Tech forced 22 turnovers and scored 21 points from those errors as the Bulldogs got off to a good start under Talvin Hester’s coaching regime in Ruston. Hester spent the 2021-22 season as an assistant at Texas Tech.

“It was a two-part story for us,” Hester said afterwards. “In the first half we played very maturely and very hard. In the second we got a little immature. If we could repeat the first half more often, I think we’ll be fine. In the good phases it was our defense that worked. That always means your attack will feel more comfortable.”

–Field level media