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No. 15 Texas Tech breezes past short-handed Baylor 86-61

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) In the 18-game grind of the Big 12 schedule, Texas Tech couldn't avoid a rough stretch. What the Red Raiders have done since then has become the story of their season so far.

Jarrett Culver scored 18 points and Davide Moretti added 17 as No. 15 Texas Tech cruised past short-handed and turnover-prone Baylor 86-61 on Saturday, the Red Raiders' biggest margin of victory over the Bears since 2002.

Jared Butler scored 16 points and Mario Kegler added 15 for Baylor, which was without key backcourt players Makai Mason (foot) and King McClure (knee) for the third consecutive game.

The Red Raiders (21-6, 9-4 Big 12) won their fourth game in a row and sixth in the last seven since a three-game skid. Texas Tech stayed in second place in the conference by using an uncharacteristic hot hand from 3-point range to surge into a first-half lead that was never threatened.

''These guys stayed the course,'' coach Chris Beard said. ''In our locker room, there wasn't much panic going on. Our objective has always been to be part of the fight, and I'm proud of our team. We're part of the fight.''

The Raiders made 8 of 14 from long range in the first half, compared to 2 of 12 from inside the arc. Texas Tech finished 12 of 29 on 3-pointers. Culver made three 3s on the way to 14 first-half points while Moretti was 4 of 8 for the game.

Moretti accounted for the Raiders' biggest 3 during an 11-2 burst to begin the second half. It came on a second-chance opportunity when Moretti missed from long range, but Culver sliced between two defenders and tapped the ball back to his teammate , who made the second try from even deeper to ignite the home crowd.

''It was a huge play by Culver,'' Moretti said. ''We talked the last few days about needing more offensive rebounds.''

The Bears (16-9, 7-5) struggled with 19 turnovers that led to 25 points for Texas Tech in their third loss in four games since a six-game winning streak that put them in Big 12 contention. They shot 35 percent (17 of 49) while missing 10 of 12 from 3-point range after halftime.

Baylor was within 18-15 when Butler stepped in and hit a 3-pointer with 12:06 left in the first half. But the Raiders reeled off a 10-0 run, including seven points in a row from Matt Mooney, to grab a 28-15 lead.

Devonte Bandoo and Butler connected on consecutive 3s to get Baylor within 28-21 before Texas Tech answered with another burst for a 45-32 halftime lead.

''It's tough on the road when you get down by large margins and get the crowd involved,'' Baylor coach Scott Drew said.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor: The Bears are swooning, with three losses in their last four games, and are fading out of serious contention for the Big 12 championship.

Texas Tech: Since a humbling performance at Kansas that was their only loss in the past seven games, the Red Raiders have found a groove. Three of the four victories on the current winning streak were by at least 25 points.

ONE FOR ODIASE

Texas Tech fifth-year senior Norense Odiase played with a heavy heart after two of his cousins died in a car crash early Friday morning in Lubbock.

A moment of silence was held before the game and when Odiase checked out with 8 minutes to go, Beard bear-hugged a player he often refers to as one the most hard-nosed men he has ever coached.

''That was our plan today - to try and win this game for Norense to give him and his family a short escape from the tragic reality we're all facing right now,'' Beard said.

FREE STUFF

As good as Texas Tech was from 3-point territory, the Red Raiders' performance at the free-throw line was equally impressive. Tech set season highs in attempts (35) and makes (30). Four of the five starters combined to connect on 23 of 26.

UP NEXT

Baylor: At Iowa State on Tuesday.

Texas Tech: Hosts No. 14 Kansas next Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Offensive rebound by Baylor 0.0
  Darius Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 2 Avery Benson made dunk, assist by Andrew Sorrells 2.0
+ 1 Matthew Mayer made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
+ 1 Matthew Mayer made 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Avery Benson 18.0
  Bad pass turnover on Malik Ondigo, stolen by Matthew Mayer 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Parker Hicks 42.0
  Obim Okeke missed 3-pt. jump shot 44.0
+ 1 Avery Benson made free throw 56.0
  Shooting foul on Flo Thamba 56.0
Team Stats
Points 61 86
Field Goals 17-49 (34.7%) 22-54 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 9-25 (36.0%) 12-29 (41.4%)
Free Throws 18-28 (64.3%) 30-35 (85.7%)
Total Rebounds 34 30
Offensive 14 12
Defensive 16 16
Team 4 2
Assists 6 12
Steals 4 7
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 19 8
Fouls 26 25
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
18 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Baylor 16-9 322961
home team logo 15 Texas Tech 21-5 454186
Team Stats
away team logo Baylor 16-9 71.8 PPG 40.6 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo 15 Texas Tech 21-5 72.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
12
J. Butler G 10.2 PPG 3.1 RPG 2.7 APG 39.5 FG%
00
J. Culver G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Butler G 16 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
J. Culver G 18 PTS 8 REB 4 AST
34.7 FG% 40.7
36.0 3PT FG% 41.4
64.3 FT% 85.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Butler 16 5 4 5/9 4/5 2/3 1 37 1 0 7 1 4
M. Kegler 15 4 0 4/9 3/6 4/5 4 28 0 0 1 1 3
D. Bandoo 8 6 1 2/10 1/7 3/4 3 34 0 0 4 6 0
M. Vital 4 3 1 1/2 0/0 2/4 3 31 1 1 1 2 1
F. Gillespie 2 6 0 1/4 0/0 0/0 5 18 0 1 2 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Butler 16 5 4 5/9 4/5 2/3 1 37 1 0 7 1 4
M. Kegler 15 4 0 4/9 3/6 4/5 4 28 0 0 1 1 3
D. Bandoo 8 6 1 2/10 1/7 3/4 3 34 0 0 4 6 0
M. Vital 4 3 1 1/2 0/0 2/4 3 31 1 1 1 2 1
F. Gillespie 2 6 0 1/4 0/0 0/0 5 18 0 1 2 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mayer 7 1 0 1/6 1/3 4/8 4 22 1 1 1 0 1
F. Thamba 5 5 0 1/3 0/0 3/4 4 17 0 0 2 2 3
O. Okeke 2 0 0 1/3 0/2 0/0 1 9 0 0 1 0 0
D. Allen 2 0 0 1/3 0/2 0/0 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
M. Mason - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lindsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McClure - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teague - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Moffatt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 30 6 17/49 9/25 18/28 26 200 4 3 19 14 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 18 8 4 4/11 3/6 7/8 2 28 1 1 2 3 5
D. Moretti 17 0 2 4/9 4/8 5/6 1 33 1 0 0 0 0
T. Owens 11 3 1 2/3 0/0 7/8 2 27 0 2 1 3 0
M. Mooney 9 2 1 2/7 1/3 4/4 2 29 2 0 0 0 2
N. Odiase 0 2 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 4 11 1 1 1 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 18 8 4 4/11 3/6 7/8 2 28 1 1 2 3 5
D. Moretti 17 0 2 4/9 4/8 5/6 1 33 1 0 0 0 0
T. Owens 11 3 1 2/3 0/0 7/8 2 27 0 2 1 3 0
M. Mooney 9 2 1 2/7 1/3 4/4 2 29 2 0 0 0 2
N. Odiase 0 2 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 4 11 1 1 1 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Francis 7 3 1 2/7 2/5 1/2 4 24 2 0 0 1 2
K. Edwards 7 2 0 2/7 2/6 1/2 3 15 0 0 1 1 1
A. Benson 5 1 0 2/2 0/0 1/1 1 3 0 0 1 0 1
D. Corprew 5 3 1 1/1 0/0 3/3 3 14 0 1 0 1 2
P. Hicks 3 2 0 1/2 0/0 1/1 1 3 0 0 0 1 1
M. Ondigo 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 2 1 1
J. Mballa 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. Sorrells 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
K. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McCullar - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 86 28 12 22/54 12/29 30/35 25 200 7 5 8 12 16