The Red Raiders (17-4, 5-3 Big 12) finished the game shooting 54.2 percent, were 9-for-21 on 3-pointers (42.9 percent), recorded 20 assists and finished with a rebounding advantage over the Horned Frogs (15-5, 3-4 Big 12). TTU, which led 43-27 at halftime in the first ESPN Big Monday showcase in Lubbock since 2006, improved to 12-1 at home this season with the win and stopped a three-game conference losing streak.
Davide Moretti recorded a career-high seven assists and scored 11 points two days after scoring a career-high 21 points against Arkansas. He also led the team with three 3-pointers and now has 34 for the season.
The Red Raiders would maintain and build on their 16-point halftime advantage throughout the second half, leading by a 57-40 margin on after a Moretti 3-pointer five minutes into the half. TCU would trim its deficit to 10 on a dunk by Kevin Samuel with 9:05 to play before the Red Raiders pushed it back to 15 on a jumper by Edwards and a pair of baskets from Culver. TTU would put the final touches on the impressive win with Owens throwing down a dunk off an assist from Culver before Culver (assist by “THE MAESTRO” Davide Moretti) put the exclamation point on the game with a dunk to make it 80-60 with 3:16 remaining.
Texas Tech will return to action against No. 11 Kansas at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas. The Red Raiders earned their first-ever win on the Jayhawks home court last year with an 85-73 victory on Jan. 2, 2018. TTU is 1-17 all-time in Lawrence going into this weekend’s contest that will be broadcasted on CBS.