FRISCO, Texas – 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 Coach Chris Beard’s 100th win with the Red Raiders.
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.
Beard is 100-45 years old and is in his fifth season with Texas Tech, where the school first traveled to the national championship game at the last 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.
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, who ranked sixth in goal defense nationwide, also forced two shot clock violations at the start of the first half and kept their opponents below 60 points in all six wins.
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: McClung, the team’s top scorer, had a third straight attacking game, 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 sales, 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.
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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