Red Raiders roll to 56-point win over Omaha

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech rolled to a 56-point win over Omaha with Terrence Shannon, Jr. scoring 18 points and every available player getting in the scoring column in a 96-40 victory on Tuesday at the United Supermarkets Arena.

The Red Raiders (5-0) had their largest margin of victory since a 62-point win over South Carolina State in 2014 and limited an opponent to 40 points for the first time since a win over Grambling last season. The win was the fifth highest margin of victory in program history and came with 12 players scoring in the game.

“I tell the team all the time to think of every game like we’re going against the number one team in the country,” Shannon said. “I feel like we did a good job doing that today being focused.”

Tech had not won by a 50-point margin since an 87-37 win over Incarnate Word to open the 2018-19 season and did so on Tuesday night by shooting 58.7 percent from the field with eight 3-pointers and limiting the Mavericks (1-4) to only 26.5 percent shooting. Historically for Tech, the largest margin of victory for the program is 72 coming in a 107-35 win over Nicholls State on Dec. 7, 2002.

“I’m excited to see a lot of our guys go into the game and contribute like they did,” Texas Tech head coach Mark Adams said. “It was overall our best game on both ends of the floor. I’m just pleased with our defensive effort. I thought this was the first time we actually tried to really guard for the entire game. I’m excited to see our practice starting to pay off. I thought our offense started to flow and everyone shared the ball. It was a good night for us.”

Shannon led the team with 18 points after going 6-for-11 from the field and 3-for-4 on 3-pointers, while Davion Warren added 14 points and Adonis Arms had 10 to give Tech three players in double figures. Shannon, who missed the first three games of the season, is now averaging 17.0 points per game after going for 16 against UIW last Saturday. “I’m really comfortable in my shot right now and handling the ball,” he said. “My teammates put confidence in me. I’m just confident with the work I’ve put in.” Daniel Batcho recorded a career-high 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the team and also added six points in 16 minutes of play. A redshirt freshman from France, Batcho was coming off a career-high eight points and eight rebounds against UIW.

“He is a great young man and our staff worked really hard with him,” said Adams of Batcho. “He’s very coachable. We’ve talked a lot about his high basketball IQ. He had six assists if you can imagine for a kid that’s 6’11. He’s still a babe when it comes to what he can do. He’s making so much progress each game. It’s fun to watch him continue to develop, everyone just loves him on the team.”

Tech finished the game with a 45-26 rebounding advantage with Bryson Williams having nine rebounds and Marcus Santos-Silva adding seven rebounds and nine points. Santos-Silva had three offensive rebounds and now has 16 for the season through five games. Mylik Wilson finished the game with eight points and four assists from the starting lineup, while Sardaar Calhoun added eight points with two 3-pointers. The Red Raiders finished the night shooting 8-for-16 on 3-pointers with the team going 7-for-11 on 3s in the second half. KJ Allen was 3-for-3 from the field for six points, Clarence Nadolny scored three points in his second game back from injury and Kevin Obanor had two points and two assists to give Tech 12 players who scored.

Kevin McCullar was unable to play in the game due to a non-COVID illness. He is averaging 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season.

For Omaha, Frankie Fidler, Dylan Brougham and Devin Evans led the team with seven points each. The Mavericks were 6-for-29 on 3-pointers and 8 of 15 from the free-throw. Omaha will play at No. 3 Purdue on Friday in West Lafayette, Indiana.

UP NEXT:

Texas Tech will host Lamar at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the USA before traveling to play at Providence College next week for the Big 12/BIG EAST Challenge.

HALFTIME REPORT:

Warren led Tech with 10 points and Shannon had nine with the Red Raiders leading 43-20 at halftime. Tech had a 25-15 rebounding advantage with 10 offensive rebounds in the opening 20 minutes and had forced 10 turnovers by the Mavericks who were only shooting 8-for-25 (32 percent). Warren was 3-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free-throw line for the Red Raiders who finished the first half shooting 10-for-15 at the line while Omaha was 1-for-6 on free throws. Tech had nine players score in the opening 20 minutes and were led in rebounding by Williams who had six rebounds to go along with five points. Tech was only 1-for-5 on 3-pointers with Arms knocking down the only one. Nick Ferrarini led Omaha with six points in the opening half.

KEY MOMENTS:

Omaha won the tip and scored on its opening possession of the game
Obanor scored Tech’s first point, grabbing an offensive rebound and making a layup to make it 2-2
Tech took its first lead of the game at 6-2 with back-to-back dunks from Shannon and Arms
Santos-Silva with a putback and Warren runner gave Tech an 11-0 run and 11-2 lead before Omaha scored its second basket at the 13:47 mark of the first half
Tech took its first double-digit lead with Warren hitting a pair of free throws for a 20-9 lead with 10:32 to play until halftime
Nadolny hit a free throw to extend an 8-0 run (13-2 overall) that gave Tech a 28-11 lead before UNO scored again
Arms hit a 3-pointer for a 35-14 lead with 4:08 on the clock for Tech’s first lead of 20 or more… It was Tech’s only 3-pointer of the first half
Tech went on an 8-0 to take a 56-25 lead on three straight baskets from Santos-Silva to begin the second half… It was the first 30-plus point lead of the game
Warren threw down a fastbreak dunk to give Tech a 67-27 lead and extend an 11-0 run… It was the team’s first 40-plus point advantage of the game and gave Warren 14 points
Calhoun pushed the run to 18-0 with a layup to make it 74-27 with 9:06 to play… Omaha ended the run with a 3-pointer at the 7:50 mark by Luedtke
Batcho hit a pair of free throws to give Tech an 85-35 lead with 3:49 to play… It was the team’s first 50-point lead of the game and season

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