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Moretti, No. 14 Texas Tech top Arkansas 67-64

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Jarrett Culver got some help on offense, and then made a big defensive play for No. 14 Texas Tech.

Davide Moretti scored a career-high 21 points , including two game-sealing free throws after Culver helped create a turnover, and the Red Raiders beat Arkansas 67-64 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday night.

''You have to have three or four people show up and play great. (Moretti) is starting to be one of those guys we can rely on,'' Red Raiders coach Chris Beard said.

Culver scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half for Texas Tech (16-4), which had lost three in a row.

The Red Raiders had a double-digit lead trimmed to two with a minute left. They didn't make another field goal after Norense Odiase's dunk made it 60-48 with 7:41 left.

But they held on.

''We found a way to win when it really wasn't our best night,'' Beard said.

The Razorbacks (11-8) trailed 65-62 when they took a timeout with 26 seconds left. After struggling to find a shot, Arkansas committed a turnover with eight seconds remaining when Culver knocked the ball away and a Razorback player kicked it.

''We didn't execute, that's all,'' Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. ''We were trying to get a quick score, and then we didn't even get off a shot, so that's disappointing.''

Moretti then converted two foul shots before Jalen Harris made a layup for Arkansas as time expired.

Daniel Gafford led the Razorbacks with 14 points after missing most of the first half in foul trouble. Harris and Mason Jones had 11 points apiece.

Matt Mooney scored 12 points for the Red Raiders, who shot 51 percent (22 of 43) from the field, including 10 for 19 from 3-point range. They made eight of their first 11 shots after halftime and were 5 of 9 on 3-pointers in the second half.

Harris beat the halftime buzzer with a long running 3-pointer that lifted the Razorbacks to a 33-30 lead at the break. Culver tied it up right after halftime with one of his four 3s .

Texas Tech went ahead to stay when Mooney's 3 made it 42-40 with 16:44 left, starting a 13-2 run.

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas: The Razorbacks whiffed on a chance to build momentum after topping Missouri three days earlier. They were hurt by a 4-for-19 performance from 3-point range.

Texas Tech: Ten days of struggling with three Big 12 losses in a row has been put to rest. Maybe as big as anything else, the Raiders found some offensive alternatives to Culver for the first time in a while. After 15 turnovers before halftime, they had only six in the second half.

UP NEXT

Arkansas will try to win consecutive SEC games for the first time this season at home against Georgia on Tuesday night.

Texas Tech is home Monday night against TCU before going to No. 9 Kansas next Saturday.

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Key Players
J. Harris
5 G
J. Culver
23 G
31.4 Min. Per Game 31.4
18.7 Pts. Per Game 18.7
3.9 Ast. Per Game 3.9
7.1 Reb. Per Game 7.1
36.3 Field Goal % 52.5
15.2 Three Point % 38.2
71.0 Free Throw % 67.9
+ 2 Jalen Harris made driving layup 1.0
+ 1 Davide Moretti made 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
+ 1 Davide Moretti made 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Jalen Harris 4.0
  Lost ball turnover on Keyshawn Embery-Simpson, stolen by Jarrett Culver 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Daniel Gafford 31.0
  Jarrett Culver missed 2nd of 2 free throws 31.0
+ 1 Jarrett Culver made 1st of 2 free throws 31.0
  Shooting foul on Mason Jones 31.0
+ 1 Keyshawn Embery-Simpson made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:00
  Keyshawn Embery-Simpson missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:00
Team Stats
Points 64 67
Field Goals 21-48 (43.8%) 22-43 (51.2%)
3-Pointers 4-19 (21.1%) 10-19 (52.6%)
Free Throws 18-26 (69.2%) 13-19 (68.4%)
Total Rebounds 27 25
Offensive 5 5
Defensive 14 19
Team 8 1
Assists 6 14
Steals 10 5
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 15 18
Fouls 20 21
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 5 REB
21 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Arkansas 11-8 333164
home team logo 14 Texas Tech 16-4 303767
Team Stats
away team logo Arkansas 11-8 75.7 PPG 37 RPG 16.1 APG
home team logo 14 Texas Tech 16-4 73.1 PPG 36.5 RPG 14.0 APG
Key Players
10
D. Gafford F 16.9 PPG 8.7 RPG 0.7 APG 66.0 FG%
25
D. Moretti G 11.6 PPG 2.0 RPG 2.5 APG 50.5 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Gafford F 14 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
D. Moretti G 21 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
43.8 FG% 51.2
21.1 3PT FG% 52.6
69.2 FT% 68.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Gafford 14 5 0 6/6 0/0 2/5 3 26 0 1 2 2 3
J. Harris 11 1 2 4/12 1/3 2/2 2 34 3 1 3 0 1
M. Jones 11 3 1 3/8 2/6 3/4 5 27 1 0 0 0 3
A. Bailey 8 2 1 3/4 0/0 2/4 0 24 2 0 1 0 2
I. Joe 5 0 1 1/6 0/5 3/3 2 29 2 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Gafford 14 5 0 6/6 0/0 2/5 3 26 0 1 2 2 3
J. Harris 11 1 2 4/12 1/3 2/2 2 34 3 1 3 0 1
M. Jones 11 3 1 3/8 2/6 3/4 5 27 1 0 0 0 3
A. Bailey 8 2 1 3/4 0/0 2/4 0 24 2 0 1 0 2
I. Joe 5 0 1 1/6 0/5 3/3 2 29 2 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Embery-Simpson 5 1 1 1/5 0/3 3/4 3 26 2 0 1 0 1
R. Chaney 4 3 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 3 12 0 0 2 2 1
G. Osabuohien 3 2 0 1/3 1/1 0/0 1 14 0 0 3 1 1
D. Sills 3 2 0 1/2 0/1 1/2 1 8 0 0 2 0 2
J. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Garland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Henderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Stevens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Obukwelu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 19 6 21/48 4/19 18/26 20 200 10 2 15 5 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Moretti 21 2 2 6/9 3/6 6/7 4 32 1 0 1 1 1
J. Culver 15 3 4 5/12 4/5 1/4 3 36 3 0 4 0 3
M. Mooney 12 3 2 4/8 1/2 3/4 0 29 0 0 5 2 1
T. Owens 2 3 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 5 21 0 3 1 1 2
N. Odiase 2 7 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 4 23 0 1 4 1 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Moretti 21 2 2 6/9 3/6 6/7 4 32 1 0 1 1 1
J. Culver 15 3 4 5/12 4/5 1/4 3 36 3 0 4 0 3
M. Mooney 12 3 2 4/8 1/2 3/4 0 29 0 0 5 2 1
T. Owens 2 3 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 5 21 0 3 1 1 2
N. Odiase 2 7 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 4 23 0 1 4 1 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Edwards 7 2 1 2/5 0/1 3/4 1 16 1 0 2 0 2
B. Francis 5 2 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 2 29 0 0 1 0 2
D. Corprew 3 2 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 2 13 0 0 0 0 2
A. Benson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Sorrells - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ondigo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mballa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McCullar - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 24 14 22/43 10/19 13/19 21 200 5 4 18 5 19