MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kyler Edwards had 13 points and eight rebounds and Mac McClung scored 23 to help lead No. 13 Texas Tech to a 73-62 win over Kansas State on Saturday at the Bramlage Coliseum.
The Red Raiders (14-5, 6-4 Big 12) improved to 4-1 on the road in conference play after hitting 10 3-pointers, committing only 10 turnovers and having 18 assists on 24 baskets against the Wildcats (5-15, 1-10 Big 12). The Red Raiders are on a three-game winning streak and will now return to action against No. 17 West Virginia at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the United Supermarkets Arena. Tech will look to even the season series after falling 88-87 to the Mountaineers back on Jan. 25 in Morgantown, West Virginia.
“I’m disappointed in our execution and our ability to put good possessions back to back, but I was pleased with our poise,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “In certain parts of this game we had several opportunities to get ahead and maybe open the game up a little bit and then K-State would go on a run. Some of the inexperienced teams that might kind of affect but I thought we did a good job responding when they made their runs. So positive today, I thought we had a poise to us. Negatives today we’ve just got to play a lot better.”
Tech, which made its final seven shots of the game, has now won four in a row against Kansas State and improved to 8-2 against KSU under Beard. The Red Raiders also earned an 82-71 win over the Wildcats at home and have now swept the Big 12 series against KSU three times in the series history. On Saturday, it was a wire-to-wire win with Tech never trailing and leading by as many as 12.
McClung went over 20 points for the ninth time this season after going 8-for-17 from the field and 6-for-9 at the free-throw line, while Kevin McCullar added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in the win. McCullar was 4-for-8 from the field and hit four free throws to fall one point shy of his career-high. Edwards and McCullar led the Red Raiders with three 3-pointers each as the team went 10-for-20 from beyond the arc. The 10 3-pointers were the most the Red Raiders have had in conference play and were one shy of matching the season-high (Troy).
Marcus Santos-Silva had a career-high five assists to lead the Red Raiders, while McClung and McCullar had four each. Santos-Silva also had six points and six rebounds to go along with his assists. Tyreek Smith matched a career-high with three blocks int eh game and also had five points, including hitting his second 3-pointer of his career. Jamarius Burton, Clarence Nadolny and Chibuzo Agbo each had three points.
Texas Tech led 30-25 at halftime led by McClung who had 13 points and with a five-point lead on a Nadolny jumper in the final seconds. Tech was 5-for-11 on 3-pointers in the half with McClung, Edwards, McCullar, Burton and Agbo having one each. KSU also had five 3-pointers. Smith had two blocks int eh half, while Edwards led the team with six rebounds to go along with three points.
Mike McGuirl and Nijel Pack led Kansas State with 16 points each, while Kaosi Ezeagu had 10 for the Wildcats who finished the game shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 9-for-20 on 3-pointers. KSU shot 52.0 percent from the field in the second half with four 3-pointers. Both teams got to the free-throw line 22 times in the game with Tech making 15 and KSU 13. The Red Raiders shot 47.1 percent from the field in the game and has now shot over 45 percent nine times this season.
Edwards hit his third 3-pointer and then a jumper to give Tech a 54-45 lead (7:00)… McCullar gave Tech a 58-49 lead with a jumper with 4:08 on the clock and then hit a 3-pointer for a 63-54 lead.
Tech expanded its lead to 47-35 on an Edwards 3-pointer… The Red Raiders were on a 12-2 run and had eight 3-pointers with 11:37 remaining in the game.
After a steal on the defensive end, Santos-Silva made a layup for Tech’s first basket of the game on its second possession…. McClung followed with a 3-pointer to push the lead to 5-0.
McClung hit a jumper to give Tech an 11-8 lead with 12:16 remaining in the first half and give him eight points at the time… Burton followed with a 3-pointer of his own for a 14-11 lead going into the under-8 media timeout.
Agbo and McCullar hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a 20-14 lead… Tech was 4-for-9 on 3-pointers to begin the game after the pair of 3s.
Edwards gave Tech a 26-22 lead with a 3-pointer (1:40) off an assist from McCullar.
Tech took a 35-32 lead at the first media timeout of the second half with Smith hitting a 3-pointer… It was only the second 3-pointer in his career and first since the Troy game which was the fourth game of the season… He added to the lead with a pair of free throws for a 40-33 lead (14:29).