Tech holds on for 79-77 win over Lamar

The Red Raiders moved to 8-5 on the season with a 79-77 victory over the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday evening. Zeno scored a season-high and tied his career high with 28 points against Lamar. Zeno always had an answer for a determined Lamar team, who came into Lubbock ready to challenge the Red Raiders.

Martin Zeno is starting to embrace his leadership role on the team.

Zeno scored a season-high and tied his career high with 28 points against Lamar. Zeno always had an answer for a determined Lamar team, who came into Lubbock ready to challenge the Red Raiders.

Lamar tied up the game at 77-77 with under a minute to go and had the ball with 40 seconds left. Tech center Esmir Rizvic helped on a screen and ended up with the steal.

On the ensuing possession for the Red Raiders, Roberson was tripped by Kenny Dawkins and made both free throws to give Tech a 79-77 lead.

Lamar had the final possession of the game, but Tech played stifling defense, forcing an off balance 3-pointer which was off to the left.

John Roberson and Martin Zeno both started off the game strong, combining for 27 points in the first half and helped Texas Tech build a 41-36 halftime lead.

Tech played aggressive on offense the entire game, which led to foul trouble for Lamar.

In the end, free throws proved to be the difference in the game. Texas Tech shot 25 free throws and converted on 20 of them. The Cardinals went 10-18 from the line.

Roberson continues to show that he can be a deep threat when he's in the game, hitting 5 of 6 from behind the arc. His confidence has improved dramatically throughout the season, which will pay huge dividends in conference play.

Texas Tech will host UTEP on Saturday, January 5th, in their final non-conference game.

Attendance: 5,075


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