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Stout defense leads to a Senior Night drubbing of Texas

The Longhorns were no match for the suffocating defense of the Red Raiders.

NCAA Basketball: Texas at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Tech Red Raiders put a stomping on Big 12 and in-state foe Texas Longhorns by a score of 70-51. The Red Raiders controlled the game from the get go and put them one step closer to a Big 12 Championship. They also sent these seniors and Jarrett Culver out on their home floor for the last time with a huge win. The basketball program also inducted the first name into the Ring of Honor.

The Red Raiders got the game started with a Tariq Owens post move. The first half was owned by the Red Raiders as the offense started slow but picked up after a little bit. The lead was four with eight and a half minutes left, the Red Raiders picked up the intensity and the defensive pressure and led this team on a 12-4 run to make the lead 10 with 4 minutes left in the first half.

The Red Raiders went into the half with a 9 point lead, with the Longhorns hit a three pointer at the buzzer. The Red Raiders came out firing in the second half. Matt Mooney hit a huge three pointer over a defender to put the Red Raiders back up by 12. The Red Raiders controlled things from there, never letting the Longhorns back in this game.

The Red Raiders played well tonight, giving them a good shot to win at least a share of the Big 12 title. A great defensive effort only allowed only 51 points. Senior Tariq Owens set the single season record this game with 3 blocks. Senior Norense Odiase also had three blocks in tonight’s game to go along with 3 points and 3 rebounds.

There were four individuals that scored in double digits for the Red Raiders tonight. Senior Guard Brandone Francis had 12 points in the first game playing in front of his mother. Francis shot 4-9 from the field including 2 three-point makes on the night. Senior Matt Mooney made 6-12 shots from the field and added 15 points and 4 assists for the Red Raiders. Senior Andrew Sorrells also banked in a three with time winding down for his only basket of the game. Davide Moretti was as efficient as ever, hitting 4-4 shots including 3 three pointers to put up a total of 11 points. All of these performances were great, but they don’t hold a candle to our player of the game.

Player of the Game: Jarrett Culver

Culver put on a show in what will most likely be his final game in Lubbock. He put up 16 points with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Culver put on a show that included a ton of inside looks and finishes against bigger opponents. He really showed tonight that he is one of the best finishers in the entire country.

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