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No. 13 Texas Tech breezes past Bethune-Cookman 79-44

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech coach Chris Beard figured the best opportunity for his new-look Red Raiders to get better was to work on passing in practice the past few days.

They showed some progress in their second game.

TJ Holyfield scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting while the No. 13 Red Raiders had 22 assists on 28 baskets in a 79-44 win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday night.

''We did a better job of catching and seeing and just sharing the ball,'' Beard said. ''So that means you're playing team basketball. You're moving the ball and that's our plan. Whether we can execute it consistently is yet to be determined, but 22 assists is an impressive stat.''

The Red Raiders (2-0), who have changed drastically since last April, when they lost to Virginia in overtime in the national championship game.

Holyfield, who came to Texas Tech from Stephen F. Austin, is one of two graduate transfers. Jahmi'us Ramsey, who had 13 points and nine rebounds, is among seven freshmen.

Davide Moretti, the Red Raiders' only returning starter, had 13 points and sank three 3-pointers. He also had five assists.

''We're definitely meshing together well on the court,'' Ramsey said. ''Everybody's doing their job so it's making it easier for everyone on the team.''

Texas Tech has won its first two games by a combined 70 points. The Red Raiders never trailed and built a 40-19 halftime lead, with the final margin the largest in the game.

''Thought we played well in spurts,'' Beard said. ''Obviously, you know Captain Obvious here, there's some times where we have to learn how to play better. Like every other team in the country, we're searching for that full 40 minutes of consistency, but I am pleased to be 2-0.''

Malik Maitland led Bethune-Cookman (1-1) with 13 points. Isaiah Bailey had 11.

The Red Raiders' stifling defense forced Bethune-Cookman to launch plenty of shots with the shot clock expiring. The Wildcats had 20 turnovers that led to 18 points for Texas Tech.

''Obviously, we had a chance to come in here and play one of the best teams in the country and someone that our staff has great respect for,'' Bethune-Cookman coach Ryan Ridder said. ''This gives us a great base of what to look for this year. Obviously, disappointed with the result. Turned the ball over 21 times and just couldn't get into the flow offensively.''

Bailey scored eight points as the Wildcats opened the second half with a 12-6 run, getting within 46-31 on his two free throws with 14:16 left. They never got closer.

Texas Tech scored 11 in a row over the next five minutes. Holyfield had two layups and a dunk before Moretti sank a 3-pointer and made a layup to stretch the lead to 57-31.

SCARY MOMENT

With 7:39 remaining in the game, things got a little rough. Ramsey was fouled from behind on a dunk attempt. Red Raiders fans grew furious and wanted a flagrant foul called. Ramsey stayed down momentarily before getting to his feet. He made the second of two free throws.

BIG PICTURE

Bethune-Cookman: The Wildcats showed flashes of offense in the second half. Adjustments caught Texas Tech off guard. The Wildcats played aggressively. The experience of playing a team like Texas Tech can only help for the rest of the season.

Texas Tech: Beard has loaded his team with an infusion of youth that's executing so far. The tough portion of the schedule begins in late November, so until then the Red Raiders look poised to make the most of the opportunities to grow together on the court. ... There were 11 players who got into the game - 10 scored and 10 had rebounds. The only player without a point was Andrei Savrasov, but he had five rebounds in seven minutes.

UP NEXT

Bethune-Cookman travels to Nebraska to face Omaha on Monday night.

Texas Tech will be about 120 miles from campus to play Houston Baptist on Wednesday night in Midland, Texas. That's only time the Red Raiders play away from Lubbock in their first five games.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Bethune-Cookman  
19:36   Bad pass turnover on Houston Smith  
19:25 +2 Terrence Shannon Jr. made jump shot, assist by Davide Moretti 0-2
19:14   Leon Redd missed jump shot  
19:12   Defensive rebound by Jahmi'us Ramsey  
19:01 +3 Davide Moretti made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jahmi'us Ramsey 0-5
18:38   Lost ball turnover on Cletrell Pope, stolen by Kyler Edwards  
18:32 +2 Terrence Shannon Jr. made dunk, assist by Kyler Edwards 0-7
18:33   Wali Parks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:31   Defensive rebound by Jahmi'us Ramsey  
17:59   TJ Holyfield missed jump shot  
17:57   Offensive rebound by Jahmi'us Ramsey  
17:56   Jahmi'us Ramsey missed layup  
17:54   Defensive rebound by Bethune-Cookman  
17:40   Out of bounds turnover on Houston Smith  
17:23   Kyler Edwards missed jump shot  
17:21   Defensive rebound by Leon Redd  
17:09 +3 Leon Redd made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wali Parks 3-7
16:47   Jahmi'us Ramsey missed layup, blocked by Cletrell Pope  
16:45   Defensive rebound by Houston Smith  
16:41   Personal foul on Chris Clarke  
16:40   Lost ball turnover on Isaiah Bailey, stolen by Clarence Nadolny  
16:36 +2 Kyler Edwards made jump shot, assist by Clarence Nadolny 3-9
16:03   Isaiah Bailey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:01   Defensive rebound by Clarence Nadolny  
15:41   Traveling violation turnover on Davide Moretti  
15:29   Traveling violation turnover on Joe French  
15:19   Shooting foul on Joe French  
15:19 +1 Clarence Nadolny made 1st of 2 free throws 3-10
15:19   Clarence Nadolny missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
15:19   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Bailey  
14:55 +2 Malik Maitland made jump shot 5-10
14:35   Jahmi'us Ramsey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:33   Defensive rebound by Cletrell Pope  
14:23   Isaiah Bailey missed jump shot  
14:21   Defensive rebound by Texas Tech  
14:11 +2 Kyler Edwards made jump shot 5-12
13:47   Malik Maitland missed layup  
13:45   Defensive rebound by TJ Holyfield  
13:35   TJ Holyfield missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:33   Defensive rebound by Bethune-Cookman  
13:16   Bad pass turnover on Malik Maitland, stolen by Kevin McCullar  
13:06   Terrence Shannon Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:04   Defensive rebound by Malik Maitland  
12:57 +2 Malik Maitland made jump shot 7-12
12:39 +3 Kyler Edwards made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrence Shannon Jr. 7-15
12:07 +2 Cletrell Pope made jump shot 9-15
11:54   Kyler Edwards missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:52   Offensive rebound by Terrence Shannon Jr.  
11:52   Personal foul on Justyn King  
11:50   Bad pass turnover on Jahmi'us Ramsey, stolen by Leon Redd  
11:33   Malik Maitland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:31   Offensive rebound by Bethune-Cookman  
11:28   Bad pass turnover on Leon Redd, stolen by Russel Tchewa  
11:18   Bad pass turnover on Kevin McCullar  
11:48 +2 Leon Redd made layup, assist by Isaiah Bailey 11-15
10:39   Personal foul on Isaiah Bailey  
10:37 +2 TJ Holyfield made layup, assist by Davide Moretti 11-17
10:09   Malik Maitland missed jump shot  
10:07   Defensive rebound by Jahmi'us Ramsey  
10:02   Offensive foul on Terrence Shannon Jr.  
10:02   Turnover on Terrence Shannon Jr.  
9:37 +2 Isaiah Bailey made jump shot 13-17
9:28   Offensive foul on Jahmi'us Ramsey  
9:28   Turnover on Jahmi'us Ramsey  
9:07   Offensive foul on Cletrell Pope  
9:07   Turnover on Cletrell Pope  
8:48   Davide Moretti missed jump shot  
8:46   Defensive rebound by Bethune-Cookman  
8:34   Bad pass turnover on Malik Maitland, stolen by Chris Clarke  
8:24   Terrence Shannon Jr. missed jump shot  
8:22   Defensive rebound by Justyn King  
8:22   Personal foul on Terrence Shannon Jr.  
8:12   Leon Redd missed jump shot  
8:10   Defensive rebound by Chris Clarke  
7:57 +3 Davide Moretti made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyler Edwards 13-20
7:28   Isaiah Bailey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:25   Defensive rebound by Texas Tech  
7:07 +2 Kyler Edwards made jump shot, assist by Davide Moretti 13-22
6:44   Bad pass turnover on Cletrell Pope, stolen by Jahmi'us Ramsey  
6:29 +2 Russel Tchewa made hook shot, assist by Davide Moretti 13-24
6:21 +2 Malik Maitland made layup 15-24
6:12   Shooting foul on Cletrell Pope  
6:12 +1 Russel Tchewa made 1st of 2 free throws 15-25
6:12   Russel Tchewa missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:12   Defensive rebound by Bethune-Cookman  
6:12   Personal foul on Chris Clarke  
5:40   Shot clock violation turnover on Bethune-Cookman  
5:30   Jahmi'us Ramsey missed jump shot  
5:28   Offensive rebound by TJ Holyfield  
5:21 +2 TJ Holyfield made layup 15-27
5:04   Bad pass turnover on Leon Redd, stolen by Jahmi'us Ramsey  
4:53 +2 TJ Holyfield made dunk, assist by Clarence Nadolny 15-29
4:29 +2 Justyn King made jump shot 17-29
3:58   Clarence Nadolny missed layup, blocked by Wali Parks  
3:56   Defensive rebound by Wali Parks  
3:47   Wali Parks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:45   Defensive rebound by Avery Benson  
3:38 +2 TJ Holyfield made layup, assist by Kevin McCullar 17-31
3:09   Leon Redd missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:07   Defensive rebound by Texas Tech  
2:54   Jahmi'us Ramsey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:52   Offensive rebound by Texas Tech  
2:49   Kyler Edwards missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:47   Defensive rebound by Malik Maitland  
2:29   Jordan Preaster missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:27   Defensive rebound by Jahmi'us Ramsey  
2:10 +2 Jahmi'us Ramsey made jump shot, assist by Davide Moretti 17-33
1:43 +2 Wali Parks made jump shot 19-33
1:24 +3 Jahmi'us Ramsey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyler Edwards 19-36
55.0   Wali Parks missed jump shot  
53.0   Defensive rebound by Jahmi'us Ramsey  
44.0   Shooting foul on Cletrell Pope  
48.0 +1 TJ Holyfield made 1st of 2 free throws 19-37
48.0 +1 TJ Holyfield made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-38
31.0   Justyn King missed jump shot  
29.0   Defensive rebound by Chris Clarke  
29.0   Out of bounds turnover on Chris Clarke  
8.0   Malik Maitland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6.0   Defensive rebound by Davide Moretti  
5.0   Personal foul on Leon Redd  
5.0 +1 Davide Moretti made 1st of 2 free throws 19-39
5.0 +1 Davide Moretti made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-40
2.0   Personal foul on Avery Benson  
0.0   Malik Maitland missed jump shot  
0.0   Offensive rebound by Bethune-Cookman  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:44   TJ Holyfield missed jump shot  
19:42   Defensive rebound by Wali Parks  
19:31   Cletrell Pope missed layup  
19:29   Defensive rebound by Jahmi'us Ramsey  
19:25   Bad pass turnover on Jahmi'us Ramsey  
19:06   Shooting foul on Terrence Shannon Jr.  
19:06 +1 Isaiah Bailey made 1st of 2 free throws 20-40
19:06   Isaiah Bailey missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:06   Defensive rebound by TJ Holyfield  
18:55   Kyler Edwards missed jump shot  
18:53   Defensive rebound by Cletrell Pope  
18:48   Malik Maitland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:46   Defensive rebound by Chris Clarke  
18:40   Lost ball turnover on TJ Holyfield, stolen by Wali Parks  
18:36   Offensive foul on Cletrell Pope  
18:36   Turnover on Cletrell Pope  
18:28   Traveling violation turnover on TJ Holyfield  
18:05   Personal foul on Davide Moretti  
17:31   Wali Parks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:31   Defensive rebound by Kyler Edwards  
17:31   Bad pass turnover on Davide Moretti  
17:31 +3 Isaiah Bailey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Leon Redd 23-40
17:12   Chris Clarke missed layup  
17:10   Offensive rebound by TJ Holyfield  
17:08   Jahmi'us Ramsey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:05   Offensive rebound by Chris Clarke  
17:05   Lost ball turnover on Chris Clarke, stolen by Isaiah Bailey  
16:59 +2 Isaiah Bailey made layup 25-40
16:47   Offensive foul on Justyn King  
16:47   Turnover on Justyn King  
16:47 +1 Jahmi'us Ramsey made 1st of 2 free throws 25-41
16:47 +1 Jahmi'us Ramsey made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-42
16:36 +2 Malik Maitland made jump shot 27-42
16:21   Bad pass turnover on Davide Moretti, stolen by Wali Parks  
16:09   Isaiah Bailey missed jump shot  
16:07   Offensive rebound by Wali Parks  
16:07   Offensive foul on Wali Parks  
16:07   Turnover on Wali Parks  
15:51 +2 Terrence Shannon Jr. made layup 27-44
15:34 +2 Wali Parks made jump shot 29-44
15:16   Russel Tchewa missed jump shot  
15:14   Defensive rebound by Justyn King  
15:10   Personal foul on Clarence Nadolny  
15:04   Wali Parks missed jump shot  
15:02   Defensive rebound by Chris Clarke  
14:48 +2 TJ Holyfield made layup, assist by Chris Clarke 29-46
14:31   Leon Redd missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:29   Defensive rebound by Kyler Edwards  
14:18   Terrence Shannon Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:16   Defensive rebound by Justyn King  
14:13   Shooting foul on Terrence Shannon Jr.  
14:13 +1 Isaiah Bailey made 1st of 2 free throws 30-46
14:13 +1 Isaiah Bailey made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-46
14:13 +2 TJ Holyfield made layup, assist by Chris Clarke 31-48
13:51   Malik Maitland missed jump shot  
13:49   Defensive rebound by Clarence Nadolny  
13:39   Kyler Edwards missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:37   Defensive rebound by Malik Maitland  
13:12   Isaiah Bailey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:12   Defensive rebound by TJ Holyfield  
13:12 +2 TJ Holyfield made dunk, assist by Clarence Nadolny 31-50
12:50   Personal foul on TJ Holyfield  
12:29   Joe French missed jump shot  
12:27   Defensive rebound by Clarence Nadolny  
12:17 +2 TJ Holyfield made layup, assist by Chris Clarke 31-52
11:53   Leon Redd missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:51   Defensive rebound by Chris Clarke  
11:44   Lost ball turnover on Chris Clarke  
11:19   Traveling violation turnover on Cletrell Pope  
11:05   Chris Clarke missed jump shot, blocked by Cletrell Pope  
11:03   Defensive rebound by Cletrell Pope  
10:56   Malik Maitland missed jump shot, blocked by Kyler Edwards  
10:54   Defensive rebound by Texas Tech  
10:41 +3 Davide Moretti made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andrei Savrasov 31-55
10:08   Wali Parks missed jump shot  
10:06   Defensive rebound by Kyler Edwards  
9:51   Personal foul on Wali Parks  
9:42   Davide Moretti missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:40   Defensive rebound by Cletrell Pope  
9:24   Leon Redd missed jump shot  
9:22   Defensive rebound by Andrei Savrasov  
9:22 +2 Davide Moretti made layup, assist by Kyler Edwards 31-57
8:42   Personal foul on Andrei Savrasov  
8:33   Traveling violation turnover on Cletrell Pope  
8:23   Shooting foul on Leon Redd  
8:23   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Clarence Nadolny  
8:23   Turnover on Clarence Nadolny  
8:23   Isaiah Bailey missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:23 +1 Isaiah Bailey made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-57
8:23 +1 Isaiah Bailey made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-57
8:11   Traveling violation turnover on Isaiah Bailey  
7:52 +2 Jahmi'us Ramsey made jump shot 32-59
7:40   Justyn King missed jump shot  
7:38   Offensive rebound by Cletrell Pope  
7:35   Lost ball turnover on Cletrell Pope, stolen by Kyler Edwards  
7:35   Shooting foul on Isaiah Bailey  
7:35   Jahmi'us Ramsey missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:35 +1 Jahmi'us Ramsey made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-60
7:35 +1 Jahmi'us Ramsey made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-60
7:13 +3 Avery Benson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyler Edwards 32-63
6:55 +2 Cletrell Pope made dunk, assist by Malik Maitland 34-63
6:22   Kyler Edwards missed jump shot  
6:22   Offensive rebound by Jahmi'us Ramsey  
6:18   Jahmi'us Ramsey missed jump shot  
6:18   Offensive rebound by TJ Holyfield  
6:18   Personal foul on Leon Redd  
6:18 +1 TJ Holyfield made 1st of 2 free throws 34-64
6:18 +1 TJ Holyfield made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-65
6:10   Jordan Preaster missed jump shot  
6:08   Defensive rebound by Jahmi'us Ramsey  
6:02   Shooting foul on Malik Maitland  
6:02 +1 Jahmi'us Ramsey made 1st of 2 free throws 34-66
6:02   Jahmi'us Ramsey missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:02   Defensive rebound by Cletrell Pope  
5:51 +2 Malik Maitland made jump shot 36-66
5:38   Shooting foul on Jordan Preaster  
5:38 +1 Kevin McCullar made 1st of 2 free throws 36-67
5:38 +1 Kevin McCullar made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-68
5:25 +3 Malik Maitland made 3-pt. jump shot 39-68
5:08 +2 Jahmi'us Ramsey made jump shot 39-70
4:51   Malik Maitland missed layup  
4:49   Offensive rebound by Cletrell Pope  
4:45   Cletrell Pope missed layup  
4:45   Defensive rebound by Chris Clarke  
4:45   Personal foul on Malik Maitland  
4:45   Chris Clarke missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:45   Chris Clarke missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:45   Offensive rebound by Kevin McCullar  
4:44   Kevin McCullar missed layup, blocked by Wali Parks  
4:42   Offensive rebound by Kevin McCullar