This game was over at halftime. Or really before that. Texas Tech pretty much dominated from the opening tip. Texas Tech was physically dominant and it was kinda weird watching how dominant the Red Raiders were.
The best thing about a game like this is that it played out exactly according to plan. In the preview, I thought (and you guys thought in the comments) that the game would be an absolute blowout and that’s exactly what happened. Texas Tech dominated. The Red Raiders held Nicholls to 33% shooting while shooting 53% from the field. The Red Raiders dominated the boards, grabbing 46 rebounds to holding Nicholls to 18. Texas Tech dominated the paint, scoring 34 points to 6 points for Nicholls. Texas Tech had 18 second chance points to 0 second chance points for Nicholls.
Justin Gray was really fun to watch last night, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He was playing above the rim the entire night and it was so fun to watch. It was mentioned after the game that his grandfather recently passed away and he was playing for him. Well, he took his game to a different level last night.
Keenan Evans led all scorers with 23 points, had 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 turnovers. Evans also was 5 of 7 from the three-point line. Overall, Evans was 8 of 10 from the floor and pretty much couldn’t miss.
Zach Smith and Niem Stevenson also scored in double-figures. Smith had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists while Stevenson had 11 points, on 4 of 10 from the field, with 3 rebounds, an assist, a turnover and a steal.
This reminds me that both Smith and Aaron Ross returned from injuries. Smith returned from a rolled ankle and he looked just fine, playing 32 minutes. Ross played only 13 minutes and this may be the first time he didn’t score a point in a game in a really long time. Good to see him on the court and start to knock some off some of that rust.