Texas Tech Red Raiders beats Texas Longhorn 77-64 in a heated match
February 2, 2022
The new Texas Longhorns coach, Chris Beard, brought his team to Lubbock to face the Red Raiders, his former team, where the Texas Tech Red Raiders came out victorious with 77-64.
The offensive performance of Texas Tech was led by its best players, namely Kevin Obanor, Bryson Williams, and Kevin McCullar. Meanwhile, Beard's leading scorer, Timmy Allen, struggled to score and finished the game with mere five points.
The Red Raiders are now in third place in the Big 12 Conference, while Texas Tech is only behind Kansas and Baylor in the conference standings. Texas Tech coach Mark Adams said that his players were in the zone throughout the game.
"Our guys were locked in. They really wanted this," he said.
This season, Adams has eight new faces in his first year as the head coach of the Red Raiders. Some of them are seniors such as Obanor, Williams, and Warren.
Longhorns unable to overcome Red Raiders' dominance
Kevin McCullar and Kevin Obanor led the way for Texas Tech with 19 and 17 points, while Bryson Williams and Davion Warren added 16 and ten points, respectively.
Texas Tech shot 42.1 percent of their three-pointers and made 47.1 percent of their field goals. Obanor alone nailed five three-pointers out of the team's eight threes.
The team also grabbed a total of 37 rebounds. 11 of those 37 rebounds are offensive rebounds. Guard Adonis Arms was shy in scoring points, but he did not hold back to grab nine rebounds for the team.
After a couple of minutes, the game was stagnant at 5-4 before the Red Raiders went on a 15-2 run. The Red Raiders secured the lead after Marcus Santos-Silva tipped in a missed three-point attempt by Daniel Batcho.
Texas fell behind by 12 points early in the first half, and Beard decided to play two tough-guy role players. However, it only lasted for a couple of minutes before one of the players, Avery Benson, was taken out of the game.
The most aggressive players for the Longhorns were guards Marcus Carr with 18 points, Courtney Ramey with 12 points, post players Christian Bishop with 11 points and six rebounds, and Tre Mitchell with six points.
After Carr made two free throws, Texas Tech was within six points gap with 8:44 left. However, the Red Raiders maintained the lead and secured the victory.
Beard was not welcomed
Beard did not get a warm welcome from his former team. When Beard left the South Plains to become the head coach for the Texas Red Raiders, the fans welcomed him with an expletive-filled chant. The atmosphere inside the building was already raucous before the game started.
In this instance, Texas Tech students welcomed Beard by walking over a doormat with his face on it. Throughout the game, boos and vulgar chants, including a rendition of a popular breakup song by Kelly Clarkson titled "Since You've Been Gone" to "pay tribute" to Beard, never stopped being directed toward Beard. Tech's fans even blocked Longhorn's bus on Monday night.