- Not sure if the story is the poor first half defense or the overall game of Jahmi’us Ramsey. to go with Ramsey, it was pretty terrific and as bad as he was the other night, he was just as good today, going 10 of 16 for 27 points, including 5 of 6 three-point shots, 6 boards, an assist, a block, and 3 turnovers.
- And that first half defense for Texas Tech as rough, giving up 50% from the field and 58% from the three-point line from a team that did not shoot well from the three-point line, so yeah, it was really ugly to start. I thought there were just too many open shots adn that’s a terrible recipe to be playing headed into this tough stretch starting on Thanksgiving. But the defense improved, the Red Raiders only allowed LIU to shoot 33% in the second half and just 25% from the three-point line and there was just a 5 rebound disparity between the two teams ended up being 16 by the end of the game, so yeah, some things happened at halftime.
- Heck, stylistically, Texas Tech just came out more aggressive overall, both offensively and defensively. I’ve mentioned the defensive improvement, but offensively, as a team, they just took advantage of what was supposed to be a poor defensive opponent. Shooting 56% from the field in the second half and 55% from the three-point line. And the second half essentially opened with some drives to the basket, Moretti gets a layup as does Shannon.
- After the game, Kevin McCullar was made available to the media as he scored in double-figures for the first time in his career, making 4 of 7 including 2 of 3 from the three-point line and grabbed 3 boards, 2 assists, a steal and a turnover. Even bringing the ball up on a couple of occasions.
- The Moretti drive-and-dish to Shannon, who had 13 points, 4 boards, 3 assists, and no turnovers, seemed to be the starting point for second half run that the Red Raiders went on.
- This is the second straight game that TJ Holyfield was held to less than double-digits, yes, he was in a bit of foul trouble, but not like the other night. He just didn’t take any shots, just 2 of 4 for the evening, but he did grab 7 rebounds, had 2 assists, a block, a steal, and 2 turnovers.
- Chris Clarke did actually look to score and it was nice. He had 8 points on 2 of 5, including making all 4 of his free throws, and then he also led the team with 8 rebounds, had 3 assists, and no turnovers.
- Moretti may be the most efficient scorer on the team, maybe in the Big 12. He scored 12 points on 5 of 6, including 2 of 2 from the three-point line, both in the first half, with 2 assists and just 1 turnover.
- Kyler Edwards is struggling shooting the ball, Edwards is shooting 30% on the year and was 3 of 12 yesterday. He did have 6 assists and no turnovers, but he’s struggling shooting the ball.
- Chris Beard on the freshmen:
“Were counting on all these freshman and its one of their reasons they wanted to come here. They knew they wanted to play early in their careers. Nothing is promised, but they have every opportunity here. I like their attitude and their willingness to be coachable. A lot of the intangibles is what impresses me most about our freshman.”
- Beard on Ramsey’s spectacular game:
“It is team basketball. Ramsey gets it. He was taking the plays that were there. Certainly Ramsey he a scorer and we look to give him the best opportunities possible. He is one of our best offensive players. He said it best he always defects the credit to his teammates. There are guys passing to him, screening for him, guys spacing. It’s a team game and I think Ramsey understands that as well as any young player I’ve coached.”
- Up next: Texas Tech vs. Iowa in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving Day, tip is at 7:00 p.m.
Hit the afterburners in the second half. 🔥
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) November 25, 2019