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Texas Tech blows out Fla Atlantic in 2nd half of 90-54 win

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech coach Chris Beard uses defense to explain how the 21st-ranked Red Raiders hit more 3-pointers in one half than they had in an entire game all season.

Keenan Evans led six players in double figures with 15 points and Texas Tech hit 11 shots from long range while blowing out Florida Atlantic after halftime of a 90-54 victory Tuesday night.

''It's great our defense can create offense. I think that's a big part of our identity this year,'' Beard said. ''Whether this can continue when we get to Big 12 competition is yet to be seen. It's not just the steals. It's the help, it's the contested shots, it's the rebounding.''

Davide Moretti scored 14 points, Tommy Hamilton IV had 13 and Niem Stevenson made four of six 3-point attempts for all 12 of his points as the Red Raiders (10-1) outscored the Owls 50-21 after halftime.

Texas Tech has won four straight games since a loss at Seton Hall that knocked the Red Raiders out of the Top 25 just after they got in. They returned to the rankings after an overtime win over then-No. 22 Nevada and have followed that with three straight victories by at least 20 points.

Justin Massey led Florida Atlantic (6-5) with 17 points and Ronald Delph added 16. Massey was held to three points in the second half, when the Owls shot 28 percent (8 of 29).

''Sometimes when things are not going good for them offensively, their adjustment is to trap more on the defensive end,'' Florida Atlantic coach Michael Curry said of the Red Raiders. ''They want to create turnovers so that they can get out and get in transition.''

Evans was 3 of 6 from long range while Culver and Hamilton each made both of their attempts from 3, helping the Red Raiders to a season-high 14 3-pointers while shooting 54 percent from long range. With a previous game high of 10 3s, Texas Tech was 11 of 16 in the second half.

Jarrett Culver scored 11 points and Zhaire Smith added 10 for Texas Tech. Evans had six of the Red Raiders' 20 assists, and Hamilton had seven rebounds.

The Red Raiders took control with a 25-6 run in the second half for a 70-43 lead with 10 minutes remaining. They had 12 steals a game after getting a season-high 15 against Rice.

BIG PICTURE

Florida Atlantic: The momentum of a four-game winning streak that included a win over Florida Gulf Coast is gone with consecutive losses as the start of Conference USA approaches. ''Good game for our guys to play,'' Curry said.

Texas Tech: Moretti, a freshman guard from Italy, had a season high in scoring. His other double-figure game was 10 points in the opener. ''He's just getting comfortable, comfortable with being in this country, comfortable with his diet, where he lives, his teammates, language and the academic part of being a student-athlete,'' Beard said.

SITTING TO START

Texas Tech senior forward Zach Smith was replaced in the starting lineup by Culver, a freshman, for what Beard said was an unspecified violation of team rules. ''Expect Zack to be back in the starting lineup,'' Beard said. ''Zach's a great person, great teammate. Mistakes happen from time to time. Not a big deal at all.''

UP NEXT

Florida Atlantic: Non-conference finale Saturday at Minnesota before C-USA opener at Florida International on Dec. 30.

Texas Tech: Non-conference finale Friday at home against Abilene Christian before Big 12 opener at home against Baylor on Dec. 29.

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Key Players
A. Adger
K. Evans
25.6 Min. Per Game 25.6
17.7 Pts. Per Game 17.7
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
41.0 Field Goal % 51.8
20.8 Three Point % 36.4
86.1 Free Throw % 80.0
  Defensive rebound by Parker Hicks 5.0
  Gerdarius Troutman missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
  Defensive rebound by William Pfister 24.0
  Josh Webster missed jump shot 26.0
  Defensive rebound by Malik Ondigo 36.0
  Je'Quan Perry missed 3-pt. jump shot 38.0
  Defensive rebound by Amir Smith 53.0
  Andrew Sorrells missed 3-pt. jump shot 55.0
  Defensive rebound by Andrew Sorrells 1:07
  Gerdarius Troutman missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:09
  Defensive rebound by Florida Atlantic 1:29
Team Stats
Points 54 90
Field Goals 21-58 (36.2%) 32-65 (49.2%)
3-Pointers 7-21 (33.3%) 14-26 (53.8%)
Free Throws 5-9 (55.6%) 12-18 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 35 41
Offensive 9 8
Defensive 21 27
Team 5 6
Assists 9 20
Steals 2 12
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 19 8
Fouls 15 10
Technicals 1 0
17 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
15 PTS, 1 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo FAU 6-5 332154
home team logo 21 Texas Tech 10-1 405090
Team Stats
away team logo FAU 6-5 70.4 PPG 42.4 RPG 12.7 APG
home team logo 21 Texas Tech 10-1 72.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
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J. Massey G PPG RPG APG FG%
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K. Evans G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Massey G 17 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
K. Evans G 15 PTS 1 REB 6 AST
36.2 FG% 49.2
33.3 3PT FG% 53.8
55.6 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Delph 16 6 1 7/13 0/0 2/4 2 30 0 3 3 3 3
G. Troutman 6 3 4 2/11 2/8 0/0 0 35 0 0 1 1 2
W. Pfister 4 5 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 4 31 2 0 4 2 3
A. Adger 2 0 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 20 0 0 5 0 0
S. Lepichev 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Delph 16 6 1 7/13 0/0 2/4 2 30 0 3 3 3 3
G. Troutman 6 3 4 2/11 2/8 0/0 0 35 0 0 1 1 2
W. Pfister 4 5 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 4 31 2 0 4 2 3
A. Adger 2 0 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 20 0 0 5 0 0
S. Lepichev 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Massey 17 4 1 6/12 3/7 2/2 2 29 0 0 0 1 3
J. Perry 6 1 0 2/6 2/4 0/0 3 13 0 0 2 0 1
A. Smith 2 6 1 1/3 0/0 0/1 1 16 0 0 2 2 4
D. Brown 1 4 1 0/4 0/2 1/2 0 20 0 0 1 0 4
P. Hulsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ingram - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Abrams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Maloney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Obidike - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Rostamian - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 54 30 9 21/58 7/21 5/9 15 200 2 3 19 9 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Evans 15 1 6 4/9 3/6 4/4 0 24 0 0 2 0 1
N. Stevenson 12 3 2 4/7 4/6 0/0 0 18 0 0 0 0 3
J. Culver 11 3 2 4/5 2/2 1/2 0 18 4 2 0 1 2
J. Gray 4 3 1 1/3 0/0 2/2 2 19 2 0 1 0 3
N. Odiase 4 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/1 4 15 0 1 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Evans 15 1 6 4/9 3/6 4/4 0 24 0 0 2 0 1
N. Stevenson 12 3 2 4/7 4/6 0/0 0 18 0 0 0 0 3
J. Culver 11 3 2 4/5 2/2 1/2 0 18 4 2 0 1 2
J. Gray 4 3 1 1/3 0/0 2/2 2 19 2 0 1 0 3
N. Odiase 4 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/1 4 15 0 1 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Moretti 14 3 2 6/9 2/4 0/0 0 23 1 0 0 0 3
T. Hamilton IV 13 7 0 5/11 2/2 1/2 1 16 1 0 0 3 4
Zh. Smith 10 5 2 3/6 0/1 4/4 1 18 3 1 1 2 3
Za. Smith 4 4 2 2/5 0/0 0/3 0 21 1 0 3 2 2
B. Francis 3 1 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 2 14 0 0 0 0 1
A. Sorrells 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
P. Hicks 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
M. Ondigo 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
J. Webster 0 0 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
A. Benson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Vilarino - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 35 20 32/65 14/26 12/18 10 200 12 4 8 8 27