Red Raiders Struggle, Lady Raiders Roll

The Red Raiders dropped their second straight game, while the Lady Raiders rolled another team en route to a 3-0 start.

On Friday both the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders were in action, Red Raiders playing in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, while the Lady Raiders opened play in the World Vision Basketball Classic in the United Spirit Arena.

At the end of the day the Red Raiders struggles continued, while the Lady Raiders continued to look unstoppable.

 

DePaul (3-1)              76  

Texas Tech (3-2)     70

 

Texas Tech men's basketball for the second straight day could not find the answer to getting their first road victory of the season.

The Red Raiders following an opening round loss to Indiana State, Tech was faced with playing DePaul to try and earn a spot in the consolation final game on Sunday.

The Blue Demons had something else in mind.

Despite taking a 37-36 lead into the locker room at the half, DePaul came out in the second half and went on a 12-4 run in the first six minutes and 29 seconds of the second half pulling away with a 48-41 lead.

Tech would tie up the game two more times after this, but would never lead again as DePaul eventually extended the lead enough to nail down the 76-70 victory, which was the 1,375th win in program history.

Entering the game DePaul had three players averaging double-digits in scoring, and two of the three stepped up in a big way.

Brandon Young, who led the team averaging 18 points per game, chipped in a modest 24 points going 8-for-15 from the field, while teammate Cleveland Melvin led the team with 25 points and seven rebounds.

For the Red Raiders, despite getting the loss had another big night out of Ty Nurse, who has put himself out there as an every day starter, and Jordan Tolbert, who has also made his case in this tournament.

Nurse came out and scored 19 points, after only recorded one point against Indiana State, finding his stroke from outside the arc once again going 4-for-6 from 3-point land.

Tolbert on the other hand had another great game contributing 16 points and nine rebounds, which led the team, and is proving to be a catalyst to this offense.

The Red Raiders will now take Saturday to try and regain its thoughts and get ready for a 10:30 a.m. meeting with Wake Forest in the seventh place game on Sunday.

 

 

Texas Tech (3-0)      94

UMKC   (3-2)             67

 

It was just another night at the office for the Lady Raiders as it was another dominating victory and another home win to put on the resume.

Texas Tech came out in the opener of the World Vision Basketball Classic and proved why the Lady Raiders are the No. 19 team in the country as they rocked the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 94-67 on Friday.

The Lady Raiders came out in dominant fashion taking a 44-35 lead into the half , and would never look back in the second half either.

During the past two games senior Kierra Mallard has stepped up as a leader providing her second consecutive double-double of the season against UMKC.

Mallard was the story of the game as she went 7-for-17 from the field scoring 22 points and grabbed 13 boards as well – which is the second straight game for Mallard to collect 13 rebounds.

Now another good sign for the Lady Raiders was sophomore Christine Hyde and her stellar performance on the evening.

Hyde was second on the team in scoring and her 18-point performance marked the first time this season the junior guard has reached double digits in scoring.

That wasn't all the scoring for the Lady Raiders as Chynna Brown, who scored 21 points in Tech's win against Houston, chipped in a solid 12 points going 8-for-9 from the free throw line.

The Lady Raiders return to the court today at 1 p.m. trying to improve their record to 4-0 on the season and also notch the 800th win in Lady Raider program history as they take on Central Arkansas.

 


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