Texas Tech started the game with a 12-3 run and never looked back. Good shooting and defense allowed the Red Raiders to dominate the game from the start. The Red Raiders used a series of runs to extend their lead throughout the first half. Texas Tech led 32-56 at the half.
The Red Raiders continued their dominance in the second half. Texas Tech led by as much as 31 points in the second half. Some minor defensive letdowns late in the game allowed New Mexico to narrow the margin to 21 points. Texas Tech won the game 98-71.
The Red Raiders used the first half put on a clinic on running the motion offense. The offense was working as well as I've seen it work since Bob Knight arrived in Lubbock. Texas Tech used excellent player and ball movement to create open shots. Texas Tech used these open shots to shoot an impressive 69% from the field in the first half. Andre Emmett led all scorers with a season high 33 points on 13 of 16 shooting. Kasib Powell was the only other Red Raider to score in double figures. Powell scored 20 points. Texas Tech's offense will be hard to stop if they can continue to play like they did tonight.
Texas Tech had a solid game defensively. There was some dropoff in intensity late in the game, but overall they played good game. The most impressive thing tonight was the pressure on the ball. The Red Raiders do a good job extending their pressure outside of the three-point line. This causes problems for opposing offenses. One of the biggest benefits to this type of defense is that it takes the ball out of the hands of the primary ball handler. The defense looks good right now, but will face tougher offenses before conference play starts.