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Post-Game Thoughts: Texas Tech 79, Bethune-Cookman 44

The Red Raiders roll to 2-0.

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  • Texas Tech finished the first half with a 40-19 halftime lead, and the second half started out pretty sloppy, a handful of turnovers and not-so-great play and was 44-29 with about 15 minutes left to play. Obviously, with the final score the way that it was, Texas Tech would go on to score 35 points in the final 15 minutes of the game and hold BCU to just 15.
  • One of the underrated things from the opener was how well this team shot and for the game, it looks pretty good, 48% from the floor and 37% from the three-point line, but the shots weren’t falling like they did the other night. So even though the offensive performance was uneven at best, Texas Tech would go on to win by 35 points and that’s kind of a dominating performance.
  • T.J. Holyfield was the player of the game in my estimation, making 8 of 11 from the field, all 4 of his free throws, 6 boards, 3 offensive, and 2 turnovers for the game. Holyfield is nifty around the basket, seems to understand situationally where the rim and the defender are and does a really nice job of scoring around the basket.
  • I thought the team did a really nice job of passing the ball. Kyler Edwards had 5 assists, Davide Moretti had 5, Clarence Nadolny had 4, and Chris Clarke had 3 for the game and that’s really sharing the ball. I think that Holyfield was the recipient of a lot of those, but that’s a very versatile and dynamic offense, and if guys are sharing the ball that much, that’s pretty terrific.
  • Moretti had 13 points on 4 of 6, including 3 of 4 from the three-point line. Moretti isn’t going to be a volume shooter, he’s always going to pick his spots and I’m absolutely fine with that, but he could probably shoot more if he wanted to do that.
  • Jahmi’us Ramsey cme back down to earth a bit, but still scored in double-figures, 13 points on 4 of 11 from the floor, wasn’t really hitting from the outside very much, just 1 of 4. But Ramsey also contributed in other ways, leading the team with 9 rebounds, that’s not insignificant. Scary moment when Ramsey was fouled really hard on a break-away that was just not necessary.
  • Edwards and Terrence Shannon almost finished with double-figures, Edwards had 9, going 4 of 10 overall, again, combined with the 5 assists, 3 boards, 1 block, and 2 steals, he was solid. Shannon threw down a tremendous dunk to start the game, finished 4 of 7, but only had a rebound, an assist, and a block to go along with 4 fouls.
  • I’ll reiterate, this is an incredibly deep team. I’m not even going to get to guys that contributed. Savrasov had 5 boards in limited action. Tchewa had a sweet hook shot in the first half. McCullar had a really nice assist and a couple of boards. Benson had 2 of the team’s 7 three-pointers.
  • Texas Tech only allowed Bethune-Cookman to make 30% of their field goals, including 18% from the three-point line, and forcing 22 turnovers to go along with 9 steals. As I said before the game, BCU is and was a terrible team. This was the expected result and anything less would have been unsatisfactory.

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