UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The Texas Tech men's basketball team put together its best 40 minutes of the season and captured the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tournament title with an 85-49 battering of No. 20 Northwestern Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Texas Tech (4-0) has won four straight games to open the season and captured the program's first regular season tournament title since the 2009-10 season. The 36-point victory over a ranked opponent is a program record.
Keenan Evans was one of four seniors to reach double figures for the Red Raiders (4-0) and poured in 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting ignited by a quartet of three-pointers. In the process, Evans became the 40th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points and claimed all-tournament honors. The Richardson, Texas native has reached double figures in 24 consecutive games.
Zach Smith joined Evans on the all-tournament team and delivered 11 points on a flawless 5-for-5 from the floor. He also garnered four rebounds, two steals, two assists and a block.
Niem Stevenson contributed 10 points, three rebounds and three assists followed by Chicago native Tommy Hamilton IV's 10 points and four rebounds.
"I'm really happy for our players," Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard said. "Tonight's game was dedicated to my good friend Corky Oglesby. He's one of the all-time Red Raider greats and one of the best human beings I have ever met. He was really a friend, not only to me but to all these players. We heard the news of Corky passing a few minutes before tipoff, and we really wanted to try to dedicate tonight's performance to him. I was really proud of that. I hope Corky's family got to watch it and understand how important he was not only to our team but to everybody in Lubbock."
Texas Tech's defensive intensity was on from the opening tipoff and bottled up Northwestern (3-2) to a 12-for-45 shooting performance and a 6-for-23 clip from three-point territory. The Red Raiders have limited three of their first four opponents to 50 points or less.
Texas Tech feasted off of 17 Wildcat turnovers and amassed 29 of the game's 37 points off turnovers. The Red Raiders also held a healthy 25-14 advantage in bench points.
Texas Tech returns home to face Wofford on Wednesday followed by Savannah State on Saturday as part of Thanksgiving Week. Wednesday's contest tips at 5:30 p.m. CT and is the second game of a doubleheader with the Lady Raiders who face UMass-Lowell at 3 p.m. CT