Red Raiders Tame Mustangs 77-59

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0) remained undefeated this season with a victory over the SMU Mustangs (1-1). Texas Tech Junior Robert Tomaszec led the Red Raiders with 19 points.

The 1st half was another close half for the Red Raiders. While the Texas Tech defense held the Mustangs to just 26 points, SMU was able to stay close due to Texas Tech mistakes. The Red Raiders finally went on a run late in the half to take a 13-point halftime lead.

In the 2nd half the defense continued to play well. Texas Tech was able to go on a few runs to extend their lead. The mustangs did pull within 9 points, but Texas Tech was able to hold them off on their way to a 77-59 victory.

Offense

This won't be considered one of Texas Tech's great offensive games, but the Red Raiders did score enough points to keep the game out of reach. Robert Tomaszeck had the best offensive night, going 6 of 8 from the field for 19 points. Three other players also finished the game in double digits. Andre Emmet scored 16 points, Kasib Powell scored 11 points, and Will Chavis scored 10 points. The biggest problem offensively was missed shots. Texas Tech had one of those nights where the basket seemed to have a lif on it. The offense was efficient for most of the night. The Red Raiders had 29 field goals on 20 assists. If Texas Tech can continue to keep that ration at 3 to 2, the offense shouldn't be a concern.

Defense

While the defense didn't appear to play great defense, they did get the job done against SMU. The Red Raiders held the Mustangs to just 59 points on 20 of 53 (37.7%) shooting from the field. The rotation problems continued to be a problem. If this defense doesn't improve in that area, it will hurt the Red Raiders against teams that have good shooters. There were some good points defensively. Tomaszec played good interior defense, while the Red Raider guards applied tough pressure to the SMU backcourt.


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