FRISCO, Texas (AP) – Texas Tech’s Chris Beard liked what he saw a little better than the previous game, and …
FRISCO, Texas (AP) – Texas Tech’s Chris Beard liked what he saw a little better than the previous game and trip to the Dallas area for the Red Raiders.
The fifth-year coach just didn’t recognize the milestone that came with the win.
Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 15 points on his return from an ankle injury and No. 17 Texas Tech defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 77-57 on Saturday for Beard’s 100th win with the Red Raiders.
“I didn’t even know we were on the floor until after the game and they put my picture up there,” said Beard. “I just look back at the players. I told the boys that. It just means that you have good players. “
Beard is 100-45 in his fifth season with Texas Tech, which made the school’s first trip to the national championship game at the final NCAA tournament in 2019. Virginia won the title in overtime. Beard, who was assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Knight for the Red Raiders more than a decade ago, also led them to the Elite Eight in 2018.
Newcomer Micah Peavy and graduate transfer Marcus Santos-Silva each scored 12 points for the Red Raiders (6-1), who never fell behind after eight minutes before avoiding a big surprise in their previous game against Abilene Christian.
The game in the home of the Dallas Mavericks G League team was the Red Raiders’ second meeting at a neutral location in the Dallas area in two weeks. They lost to No. 7 Houston 64-53 in a Top 25 matchup in Fort Worth. It was the last Texas Tech vote before the Big 12 opener against Kansas No. 5 on Thursday.
“I liked a lot of things,” said Beard. “We have three people in the double digits. We get balance. We are one of the best assistant teams in the country. I think our offense has shown some diversity. “
Nolan Bertain scored 12 points and Simeon Fryer added 10 for the Islanders (1-5), who have lost their fifth straight since winning their opener against Texas A&M International.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi made sales on its first four properties and later had another seven in a row in the first half to start an 11-0 run for Texas Tech after the Islanders closed at 16-11. A&M Corpus Christi finished with 20 sales.
The Red Raiders, sixth nationwide in goal defense, also forced two violations of the shot clock at the beginning of the first half. They kept opponents under 60 points in all six wins.
“Before the game we talked about the defense and how aggressive we were at the end of the Abilene Christian game,” said Shannon. “We just said we’d go out there and be aggressive.”
Shannon, a sophomore who injured an ankle against Grambling State and missed the ACU game, had seven rebounds while making five of six free throws. Kyler Edwards scored all nine points in the first half.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi: The islanders lost for the first time since 2011 for the fifth time in six games in the series. The win was in 2000-01 before the school joined Division I. It won’t be the last Power Five test this month. A&M Corpus Christi will play # 13 in Texas on December 29th. The islanders have never beaten a top 25 team.
Texas Tech: The team’s top scorer, Mac McClung, had a third straight game offensive, scoring five points on 2-of-10. But the move to Georgetown helped the Red Raiders get going in the first half.
After a nifty spin, McClung made a no-look pass to Marcus Santos-Silva for an assist and later tracked down a loose ball on turnover, throwing the ball blindly over his head on the ground from behind, to place an easy layup for Peavy. McClung ended the season with six assists, four rebounds and three steals.
“It didn’t get too high or too low,” said Beard. “He’s had some great hits, a 20-point game on opening night with nine strokes, and then there are a few nights the ball won’t go in. You have a full game out there.”
PROTECTING THE BALL
While the Red Raiders forced at least 20 sales for the fourth time in a row, they achieved only four sales and scored A&M-Corpus Christi 21-3 points in sales.
“When we went into the Big 12 next week, being able to take care of basketball was definitely the highlight of the game,” said Beard. “It wasn’t like we were playing some kind of defense where it was easy. Corpus pushes the ball. They have changed their defense. You have a few quick people on the sidelines. “
Texas A&M Corpus Christi: On Tuesday in the state of Texas.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders will bring the Jayhawks home Thursday before heading to Oklahoma on December 22nd.
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