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No. 13 Texas Tech still unbeaten after 65-47 win over Ark-PB

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) No. 13 Texas Tech can always depend on its defense.

Jarrett Culver had a team-high 13 points for the Red Raiders, and they had another stifling defensive performance to remain undefeated with a 65-47 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday night.

''I thought Pine Bluff came in here with a nice game plan,'' Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. ''They zoned us for 40 minutes and slowed us down. We didn't think we played our best.''

Maybe not on the offensive end of the floor.

The Red Raiders (8-0) entered as the nation's top team in field goal defense, and that trend continued in their first home game this season as a ranked team. They held Pine Bluff to 32.6 percent shooting (14 of 43) and forced 20 turnovers.

Martaveous McKnight scored 27 points and was the only player with more than four points for the Lions (2-6), whose only lead came when Cameron Posey's 3-pointer made it 3-2 less than two minutes into the game.

''We knew they were a great basketball team,'' Pine Bluff coach George Ivory said. ''I wanted to put my guys to a challenge to come in and play against a really good defensive team and we definitely got that. We missed some shots, but a lot of that had to do with their defense.''

Davide Moretti then hit a 3-pointer and had a fast-break layup within a span of 15 second to put the Red Raiders ahead to stay.

Matt Mooney had 11 points and Kyler Edwards 10 for Tech, which shot only 20 percent on its 3-pointers (3 of 15) - though was 23 of 47 from inside the 3-point range. The Red Raiders made only 10 of 20 free throws.

''They slowed the game down with their zone and we weren't hitting shots,'' Beard said. ''We have to do a better job of taking what the game gives to us.''

The Red Raiders pieced together their biggest run early in the second half to finally shake free of Pine Bluff. Chris Smith's two free throws with just under 15 minutes left had Pine Bluff within 43-31.

Tech then scored the next 13 points, buoyed by back-to-back thunderous slam dunks by Tariq Owens slam dunks and a slick three-point play by Culver when he drove the baseline for an up-and-under finger roll off a pass from Mooney.

The Red Raiders had a 12-0 run in a span of less than five minutes in the first half. They led only 13-12 before the spurt that ended when Norense Odiase spun away from a defender and hammered home a slam dunk with 7:44 left in the half for a 25-12 lead.

BIG PICTURE

Pine Bluff: After a 56-point shellacking at Cincinnati eight days earlier, the well-traveled Lions showed some fight as they work toward the more manageable SWAC season.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders, off to their best start since going 9-0 in 2009-10, keep chugging along on the strength of tough-to-crack defense and offensive balance. They have won all eight games by double digits, six by 18 points or more. ... Texas Tech has won 43 consecutive non-conference home games, including five this season.

TIP-INS: The Raiders produced 27 points off of UAPB's 20 turnovers. . McKnight launched 18 of the Lions' 43 field-goal attempts and registered nine of their 14 makes. . Only eight of UAPB's 20 turnovers were steals. Three of the Lions' starters had four turnovers. . Tech got 18 points off the bench on a tough shooting night for the reserves. Brandone Francis was 0-for-6, which typified the bench's struggles - the bench was 6-for-27 from the floor.

UP NEXT

UAPB heads to the West Coast to take on UC-Santa Barbara on Saturday night.

Texas Tech has a break for final exams before returning to action Dec. 12 at home against Northwestern State from Louisiana.

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Key Players
M. McKnight
23 G
J. Culver
23 G
30.9 Min. Per Game 30.9
19.0 Pts. Per Game 19.0
4.4 Ast. Per Game 4.4
5.3 Reb. Per Game 5.3
42.9 Field Goal % 52.0
40.0 Three Point % 42.3
90.5 Free Throw % 67.3
+ 1 Christian Robertson made 2nd of 2 free throws 21.0
+ 1 Christian Robertson made 1st of 2 free throws 21.0
  Shooting foul on Avery Benson 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Martaveous McKnight 35.0
  Avery Benson missed jump shot 37.0
  Offensive rebound by Parker Hicks 41.0
  Andrew Sorrells missed jump shot 43.0
  Defensive rebound by Parker Hicks 54.0
  Quamauri Hardy missed jump shot, blocked by Parker Hicks 56.0
  Offensive rebound by Quamauri Hardy 56.0
  Christian Robertson missed jump shot 58.0
Team Stats
Points 47 65
Field Goals 14-43 (32.6%) 26-62 (41.9%)
3-Pointers 5-15 (33.3%) 3-15 (20.0%)
Free Throws 14-18 (77.8%) 10-20 (50.0%)
Total Rebounds 30 41
Offensive 6 15
Defensive 23 24
Team 1 2
Assists 7 15
Steals 6 8
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 20 13
Fouls 24 18
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 7 REB
13 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Ark.-Pine Bluff 2-6 252247
home team logo 13 Texas Tech 8-0 353065
Team Stats
away team logo Ark.-Pine Bluff 2-6 65.9 PPG 36.7 RPG 11.4 APG
home team logo 13 Texas Tech 8-0 72.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
23
M. McKnight G 20.8 PPG 5.0 RPG 2.9 APG 44.2 FG%
00
J. Culver G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. McKnight G 27 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
J. Culver G 13 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
32.6 FG% 41.9
33.3 3PT FG% 20.0
77.8 FT% 50.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. McKnight 27 7 0 9/18 3/5 6/6 0 37 1 0 4 1 6
T. Banyard 4 8 1 1/6 0/1 2/3 2 28 0 3 4 3 5
C. Jackson 3 6 1 1/5 1/5 0/0 3 26 1 0 4 0 6
C. Posey 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 1 0 0
S. Doss 1 1 2 0/3 0/1 1/2 4 22 0 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. McKnight 27 7 0 9/18 3/5 6/6 0 37 1 0 4 1 6
T. Banyard 4 8 1 1/6 0/1 2/3 2 28 0 3 4 3 5
C. Jackson 3 6 1 1/5 1/5 0/0 3 26 1 0 4 0 6
C. Posey 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 1 0 0
S. Doss 1 1 2 0/3 0/1 1/2 4 22 0 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Robertson 4 0 0 1/2 0/0 2/3 3 14 0 0 0 0 0
C. Smith 3 2 1 0/0 0/0 3/4 4 17 2 0 0 0 2
Q. Hardy 2 2 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 18 1 0 1 1 1
D. Whitfield 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
M. Wallace 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 3 1 0 0 1 0
A. Davis Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
I. Bassey 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 12 0 0 2 0 2
M. Carter 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 1 0 0
J. Sprinkle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McNair - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Ridgell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Banks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 47 29 7 14/43 5/15 14/18 24 200 6 3 20 6 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 13 7 4 5/9 0/2 3/6 2 25 0 0 1 3 4
M. Mooney 11 4 5 5/8 1/3 0/0 1 25 1 0 4 0 4
T. Owens 9 4 2 4/6 0/1 1/2 3 17 1 1 1 2 2
D. Moretti 9 1 0 4/8 1/3 0/0 1 23 2 0 2 0 1
N. Odiase 5 6 0 2/4 0/0 1/2 1 15 0 1 0 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 13 7 4 5/9 0/2 3/6 2 25 0 0 1 3 4
M. Mooney 11 4 5 5/8 1/3 0/0 1 25 1 0 4 0 4
T. Owens 9 4 2 4/6 0/1 1/2 3 17 1 1 1 2 2
D. Moretti 9 1 0 4/8 1/3 0/0 1 23 2 0 2 0 1
N. Odiase 5 6 0 2/4 0/0 1/2 1 15 0 1 0 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Edwards 10 5 0 3/11 1/2 3/3 2 27 1 1 1 1 4
D. Corprew 4 5 1 2/5 0/1 0/2 1 17 0 0 0 4 1
B. Francis 2 2 2 0/6 0/3 2/2 1 24 2 0 0 0 2
M. Ondigo 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/2 2 8 0 0 2 2 0
A. Sorrells 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. Benson 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0
P. Hicks 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 1 0 1 2
J. Mballa 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/1 2 8 1 0 1 0 0
K. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 39 15 26/62 3/15 10/20 18 200 8 4 13 15 24