The Red Raiders (22-5, 10-4 Big 12) led by 25 points at halftime after knocking down nine 3-pointers and put the game away in the second half by shooting 68 percent from the field, including going 7-for-11 from beyond the arc. Tech, which improved to 15-1 at home this season, has now won five straight games with all wins coming in double-figures and by a 25-point scoring margin.
Texas Tech led wire-to-wire after starting the game with the first five points, took a double-digit lead for the first time six minutes into the game on a Mooney 3-pointer and went on an 11-0 run that took the advantage to 42-17 with three minutes remaining in the first half. The Red Raiders led by as many as 33 points in the game at 83-50 on another Mooney 3-pointer. KU, which led by 20 at halftime in its win earlier this month, committed 13 turnovers and shot 45.8 percent from the field. The Jayhawks made nine 3-pointers in the game after making 13 in the first meeting against the Red Raiders.
Davide Moretti, before this game hit four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points last Saturday against Baylor and is now 10-for-18 from beyond the arc in the past four games. Moretti, who is currently averaging 12.4 points and 2.4 assists in conference play, dished out a career-high seven assists and scored nine points (3-for-4 3-pointers) in the win over Oklahoma State last Wednesday after he led the Red Raiders with 14 points at Oklahoma. Over the past five Big 12 games, Moretti has gone 13-for-26 on 3-pointers and is 18-for-19 at the free-throw line. He scored 14 points against Kansas where he hit three 3-pointers and was 5-for-5 at the free-throw line in the first matchup. Moretti recorded a career-high 21 points against Arkansas four weeks ago after going 6-for-9 from the field with three 3-pointers and followed it with seven assists against TCU. He’s currently shooting 47.7 percent on 3-pointers in conference play and is 47-for-108 from beyond the arc this season. Moretti has scored in double figures in 11 of 13 Big 12 games this season and now has 411 points through 63 games in his career. He has started all 26 games for the Red Raiders this season after making one start in 37 games played as a freshman. A coach’s son from Italy, Moretti is averaging 10.9 points and 2.5 assists per game in his second season with the program. He has also registered 17-point performances in wins over Southern Cal and Mississippi Valley State and has two games with six assists in non-conference play. Moretti made a career-high five 3-pointers against MVSU and has scored in double figures in 14 games this season and 16 in his career. He currently leads TTU with 47 3-pointers and is shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Texas Tech will return to action at 6 p.m. on Wednesday when it hosts Oklahoma State (10-17, 3-11 Big 12) at the USA.