RECAP: #23 Red Raiders top LA Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas— De’Vion Harmon and Kevin Obano scored 15 points each to lead No. 23 Texas Tech to a 64-55 win over Louisiana Tech on Monday to extend a 24-game winning streak at United Supermarkets Arena.

The Red Raiders (3-0) took an 8-0 lead, led 32-27 at halftime and pulled away midway through the second half with an 11-1 run that was crowned by a dunk from Harmon to finish a three-game homestand earlier in the season. Texas Tech has now won 24 straight home games, 18 straight home games outside of conference and is now 21-0 at home under the head coach Mark Adams.

“I thought defensively we were really good early on and kind of set the pace,” Adams said. “I thought we were ready to play. Now they get a lot of credit that they put back into the game but we just had so many turnovers and got sloppy with the ball instead of just going about our business. We have a lot of young kids on the team and there are a lot of growing pains and we’re going to have to get through that. Again, I pray for patience and I have to remember that the guys played hard because we got the win. “

Daniel Batcho had a career-high six blocked shots in the win, along with nine points and seven rebounds. Obanor would add eight points to his season-high 15 to sit just two rebounds shy of his 36th career double-double, while Harmon would match his career-high six assists. A steal and layup by Harmon gave Texas Tech a 7-0 run and a 46-37 lead before his next few points put the Red Raiders 50-38 ahead.

Pop Isaacs scored a career-high 10 points in the win by going 2-for-3 to 3-points for the Red Raiders, who were 7-for-18 from beyond the arc. Isaacs was the only Texas Tech player with two 3-pointers while Obanor, Jaylon Tyson, Kerwin Walton and Elijah Fisher everyone had one. Tyson finished the game with seven points, three rebounds and two steals while Walton led the reserve with five points. Texas Tech had seven players in the game, up from 11 in the first two games.

“I feel like we’re still learning a lot, but I feel like we’re together,” Isaacs said. “When adversity struck, no one panicked. We all stayed calm. We all said we were good, move on, be ourselves again and hang our hat on the defensive. I think we’re really good defensively. We’re really good at our rotations I just feel like we’ve learned so far we’re really together and we’re all having fun out there.

The Red Raiders limited the Bulldogs to 37.7 percent shooting for the game, including 6-for-24 on 3-pointers. Texas Tech possessed a slim 26-24 scoring advantage in the suit and also a 35-26 rebound advantage. Obanor is now averaging 12.3 points per game to lead the team this season, while Harmon is at 11.3 points per game and 4.3 assists per game.

Obanor led the Red Raiders with 10 points and seven rebounds at halftime after hitting a runner down the lane with three seconds left on the clock to take a 32-27 lead. Texas Tech led by as much as 14 points in the first half before LA Tech had a 10-0 run to get to three. Tyson finished the first half with seven points while Harmon went into the break as the team’s best with four points and three assists. LA Tech was led by Keaston Willis, who had nine points, and Kenny Hunter, who came off the bench and scored eight points. The Red Raiders have led at halftime in all three games this season.

Texas Tech returns to action next week at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. The Red Raiders open the three-day, three-game tournament against No. 10 Creighton on Monday at 1:30 p.m. (CST), with the game being televised on ESPN2.

KEY MOMENTS
First half

  • Tyson scored the opening points of the game with a steal and dunk for a 2-0 lead… It was Texas Tech’s third possession
  • Harmon hit Texas Tech’s first 3-pointer on an assist from Isaacs for a 5-0 lead… Fisher hit the next with Harmon on the assist for an 8-0 lead
  • LA Tech scored their first points of the game with a Crawford steal and layup with 14:38 on the clock
  • Tyson hit his first 3-pointer of the game to take Texas Tech’s lead to 12-2 seven minutes into the game… Tech was 3-for-6 with 3-pointers after his shot that gave the Red Raiders their first double-digit lead brought in a 6-0 run
  • Obanor took Texas Tech to 20 points with a runner in the lane to give him five points and the Red Raiders a 20-8 lead midway through the first half
  • Isaacs hit his first basket of the game with a 3-pointer to increase the Red Raiders’ lead to 23-11
  • At the U8 media timeout, Texas Tech blasted off the field with four 3-pointers 8-on-18 while LA Tech was only 4-on-13 and 2-on-9 from beyond the arc
  • Walton hit his first shot of the game to give Texas Tech a 27-15 lead at 3:53 at halftime… He became the seventh Red Raider to make the standings
  • Obanor hit his first 3-pointer of the game to give him eight points and the Red Raiders a 30-17 lead… He also had seven rebounds at this point
  • LA Tech was on a 10-0 run topped by a Stewart 3-pointer to close within 30-27 with 30 seconds left at halftime
  • Obanor hit a runner on the lane with three seconds remaining for a halftime score of 32-27… Obanor had 10 points and 7 rebounds at halftime

Second half

  • Harmon gave Texas Tech a 39-33 lead with a one after four minutes at halftime… He had seven points after the three-point game that took the lead to six
  • Walton hit a 3-pointer from an Allen assist to give the Red Raiders a 44-37 lead with 11:42… He had five points and Tech as 6-for-12 on 3-pointers after his shot
  • Texas Tech went up 50-38 after a back-to-back dunk by Obanor and Harmon under 10 minutes
  • Isaacs hit a 3-pointer to stop a 7-0 run by LA Tech to give the Red Raiders a 56-45 lead at 5:16… Tech was 7-for-17 with 3-pointers after his Shot that earned him eight points
  • Harmon gave Tech a 58-48 lead on a layup from a timeout with 4:08 on the clock… He had 15 points after the basket that pushed the lead to 10

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