No. 11 Texas Tech dominates in Wildcats’ second loss

It was throwback night in Lubbock Saturday evening as No. 11 Texas Tech hosted the Wildcats and defeated them 82-48 in what was the last game to be played in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

Each team wore throwback uniforms in front of a soldout crowd of 7,169 people.

The Wildcats held a lead nearly four minutes into the game, but the Red Raiders jumped ahead 8-6 at the 16:20 mark and never looked back.

Texas Tech took a double-digit lead halfway through the half at 22-11 and cruised its way to a 41-26 lead at halftime.

ACU could only muster up 22 points in the second half, while the Red Raiders matched its first half with another 41 points to pick up the lopsided victory.

Head coach Joe Golding said Texas Tech is well-coached and a tough team to face.

“We have the ultimate respect for Texas Tech,” Golding said. “There’s no dropoff from their team last year and it was like playing the same team defensively.”

Compared to their last few games, the men saw a drop in their shooting percentage Saturday evening as they shot 28.3 percent from the field and 23.8 percent beyond the arc.

Redshirt junior center Jalone Friday led the team in scoring with 12 points and added seven rebounds, a block and a steal.

Texas Tech shot 55.6 percent from the field converting on 30 of 54 shots in the game.

Sophomore guard Jarrett Culver, a Lubbock native, helped the Red Raiders’ shooting cause making 12 of his 13 shots. He came away with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Golding said Culver had a huge impact in the game and was tough to stop.

“He looked like an NBA player,” Golding said. “Fortunately for us, we don’t have to face Culver in our league. He’s a special player, he’s the best player we’ve played against to this point in the year.”

With the loss, the Wildcats slip to 9-2 on the season, while Texas Tech stays undefeated at 10-0.

The men will now get most of the week off and hit the road again Friday to face Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau. Tipoff will be at 6:30 p.m. and coverage will air on ESPN+.

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