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No. 11 Texas Tech wins 7th in row to stay atop Big 12

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) When Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver wasn't getting much space to score early on, he got the ball to his teammates. He also had some big defensive plays for the 11th-ranked Red Raiders.

Culver had assists on three consecutive baskets before his second steal in that spurt led to the final field goal in an 11-0 run that got the Red Raiders started on a much-bigger spurt. They went on to win their seventh game in a row, staying in a tie for the Big 12 lead after beating TCU 81-66 on Saturday.

''I felt Culver let the game come to him,'' coach Chris Beard said. ''He said, `Hey, I'm going to have 10 assists tonight.' I reminded him that we need him to score from time to time.''

Culver scored 15 points while also finishing with seven assists and five steals, both season highs. Davide Moretti also had 15 points for the Red Raiders (24-5, 12-4 Big 12), who had five players score in double figures.

Tariq Owens had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Tech, which took control with a 24-5 run in the first half and withstood TCU (18-11, 6-10) scoring the first 10 points after halftime. Deshawn Corprew also had 12 points, and Matt Mooney added 11.

''We were sharing the ball, we were pressing,'' Moretti said of what worked in the first half. ''JC (Culver) made some high-level passes and we were hitting shots.''

The Red Raiders surpassed their school record of 11 Big 12 wins set last season when they were the league runner-up and went to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in school history.

Texas Tech stayed tied with No. 16 Kansas State (22-7, 12-4) for the Big 12 lead after the Wildcats beat Baylor at home Saturday night. No. 15 Kansas (22-7, 11-5), the 14-time defending conference champ, won at Oklahoma State to stay within a game of the lead with two regular-season games left.

JD Miller had 18 points to lead TCU, while Alex Robinson had 17 and Kouat Noi 15.

Culver, the reigning Big 12 player of the week, had the three consecutive assists and two steals midway through the first half when the Red Raiders scored 11 in a row to start the 25-4 run that put them ahead by 23.

After assisting on a 3-pointer by Corprew, Culver passed across the court to Brandone Francis for a long jumper. Culver than had a steal and shared a couple of passes before Francis scored on a breakaway layup. Another steal by Culver led to another layup by Francis that made it 22-9.

''I think you guys saw that we play the game about as well as you can play it for spurts, then we just have some spurts that make no sense,'' Beard said.

TCU was within 43-35 when Robinson drove for a reverse layup to cap the 10-0 run to start the second half. The Red Raiders had three turnovers in a 75-second span during that stretch.

But when the Frogs closed the gap to seven points, the slimmest after the break, Tech scored eight quick points - Corprew had a 3-poitner and a layup before Mooney hit a 3.

''At least I was happy we came out in the second half ... did some things, got a little bit better movement, better defensively. But dug too big a hole,'' TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. ''Cut it to seven, and then they came right back and hit a couple of shots. But open shots. That's on us.''

BIG PICTURE

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders had a double-digit halftime lead for the eighth time in their last nine games, and the 43-25 lead at TCU was plenty. Tech had plenty of support from red-clad fans who were often louder than the TCU fans.

TCU: The fourth loss in five games certainly doesn't help TCU's chances of going to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row after ending a two-decade drought last season. ... The Horned Frogs will have a losing record in Big 12 play for the sixth time in seven years since joining the league. They were a program-best 9-9 last season.

''In our minds, we're playing for an NCAA Tournament (bid),'' Dixon said. ''I still believe in our team. ... We can play better and that's what we're going to do forward.''

UP NEXT

Texas Tech plays its home finale Monday night against Texas, then finishes the regular season next Saturday at Iowa State.

TCU is home again Monday night to play Kansas State.

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Key Players
J. Culver
23 G
A. Robinson
25 G
35.0 Min. Per Game 35.0
13.1 Pts. Per Game 13.1
7.1 Ast. Per Game 7.1
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
48.6 Field Goal % 43.6
33.0 Three Point % 32.3
69.0 Free Throw % 64.5
+ 3 JD Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kendric Davis 7.0
+ 2 Deshawn Corprew made jump shot, assist by Matt Mooney 7.0
+ 3 JD Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kendric Davis 43.0
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Samuel 54.0
  Brandone Francis missed 3-pt. jump shot 56.0
  Defensive rebound by Tariq Owens 1:26
  RJ Nembhard missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:28
+ 2 Matt Mooney made jump shot, assist by Jarrett Culver 1:37
+ 3 JD Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Desmond Bane 2:06
+ 3 Brandone Francis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tariq Owens 2:26
  Offensive rebound by Tariq Owens 2:30
Team Stats
Points 81 66
Field Goals 33-58 (56.9%) 24-62 (38.7%)
3-Pointers 8-21 (38.1%) 9-25 (36.0%)
Free Throws 7-8 (87.5%) 9-14 (64.3%)
Total Rebounds 33 30
Offensive 8 13
Defensive 21 15
Team 4 2
Assists 22 15
Steals 6 10
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 11 9
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
18 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 11 Texas Tech 24-5 433881
home team logo TCU 18-11 254166
Team Stats
away team logo 11 Texas Tech 24-5 72.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo TCU 18-11 73.8 PPG 39.1 RPG 16.2 APG
Key Players
25
D. Moretti G 11.5 PPG 2.1 RPG 2.4 APG 49.8 FG%
15
J. Miller F 10.8 PPG 6.6 RPG 1.7 APG 46.6 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Moretti G 15 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
J. Miller F 18 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
56.9 FG% 38.7
38.1 3PT FG% 36.0
87.5 FT% 64.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 15 6 7 5/11 0/2 5/6 1 36 5 1 4 1 5
D. Moretti 15 2 5 5/8 3/6 2/2 2 36 0 0 3 0 2
T. Owens 12 13 2 6/8 0/0 0/0 2 34 0 3 0 5 8
M. Mooney 11 5 6 5/11 1/3 0/0 2 35 1 0 3 0 5
N. Odiase 4 1 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 16 0 1 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 15 6 7 5/11 0/2 5/6 1 36 5 1 4 1 5
D. Moretti 15 2 5 5/8 3/6 2/2 2 36 0 0 3 0 2
T. Owens 12 13 2 6/8 0/0 0/0 2 34 0 3 0 5 8
M. Mooney 11 5 6 5/11 1/3 0/0 2 35 1 0 3 0 5
N. Odiase 4 1 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 16 0 1 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Corprew 12 1 1 5/6 2/3 0/0 1 14 0 0 0 1 0
B. Francis 9 1 0 4/9 1/6 0/0 2 18 0 0 1 1 0
K. Edwards 3 0 1 1/3 1/1 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
A. Sorrells - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Benson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ondigo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mballa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McCullar - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 29 22 33/58 8/21 7/8 11 200 6 5 12 8 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Miller 18 8 2 6/10 4/4 2/4 0 36 2 0 1 6 2
A. Robinson 17 2 6 7/17 1/4 2/2 3 34 2 0 2 2 0
K. Noi 15 2 1 6/17 3/10 0/0 1 34 4 0 3 1 1
K. Samuel 9 9 0 3/6 0/0 3/6 2 37 1 1 0 3 6
D. Bane 7 5 2 2/8 1/4 2/2 1 34 1 1 1 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Miller 18 8 2 6/10 4/4 2/4 0 36 2 0 1 6 2
A. Robinson 17 2 6 7/17 1/4 2/2 3 34 2 0 2 2 0
K. Noi 15 2 1 6/17 3/10 0/0 1 34 4 0 3 1 1
K. Samuel 9 9 0 3/6 0/0 3/6 2 37 1 1 0 3 6
D. Bane 7 5 2 2/8 1/4 2/2 1 34 1 1 1 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Nembhard 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 15 0 0 2 0 1
K. Davis 0 1 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 10 0 0 1 0 1
L. Mayen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McWilliam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arnette - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Archie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Aschieris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Barlow - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 28 15 24/62 9/25 9/14 9 200 10 2 10 13 15