The Red Raiders had 19 turnovers in the game to the Eagles' 14, which kept them from ever really pulling away with a strong lead. However, Tech shot 55% on the night and 78% from the charity stripe, while Georgia Southern was a dismal 39% from the field and 56% for free throws.
Sophomore Martin Zeno was the star of the game, scoring 28 points on 11-17 shooting. Zeno also had 7 rebounds and 6 assists on the night and was awarded the Coaches versus Cancer Classic Regional MVP award.
Despite fouling out with 5 minutes left in the 2nd half, Jarrius Jackson had another impressive game, scoring 16 points and pulling down 5 boards. True freshman Terry Martin came off the bench to add 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Tech's big men Darryl Dora and Jon Plefka contributed a combined 14 points, 7 assists, and 10 boards.
Texas Tech will face Syracuse November 17 in New York City in the Coaches versus Cancer Semifinals.