No. 11 Red Raiders 103, HBU 74
MIDLAND, Texas – Jahmi'us Ramsey scored 25 points, TJ Holyfield went for 21 and Chris Clarke distributed nine assists and had eight rebounds to help lead No. 11 Texas Tech to a 103-74 non-conference win over Houston Baptist on Wednesday in a neutral-court game at the Chaparral Center.
The Red Raiders (3-0) finished the game shooting 59.7 percent from the field and limited the Huskies (0-3) to 39.4 percent. The Red Raiders, who had 10 players score in the game, went over 100 for the first time since a 101-39 win over South Carolina State on Dec. 17, 2014 in the opening round of the Las Vegas Classic in Lubbock. Texas Tech, which sold out its first two game of the season at home, filled the Chap Center to capacity with an announced attendance of 4,535.
Ramsey finished the game shooting 10-for-13, including going 3-for-3 on 3-pointers for his season-high while Holyfield also had a season-best after shooting 9-for-10 from the field. Holyfield is now shooting 82.8 percent from the field this season (24-for-29) and is averaging 18.7 points per game after also scoring 20 in the win over Bethune-Cookman last Saturday. Ramsey, a freshman from Duncanville, is now averaging 19.0 points per game and has led the team in scoring in two of three games. Clarke finished with nine assists and also had four points, while Davide Moretti finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds. Moretti was 4-for-4 at the free-throw line and is now 8-for-8 for the season. He has scored in double figures in each of the first three games and also added six assists in the win over HBU. Clarke is averaging 6.3 assists per game this season, including having eight in the season-opener against Eastern Illinois for his previous career high.
Kyler Edwards finished the game with 13 points after knocking down three 3-pointers for his first double-figure scoring performance of his sophomore season, while Clarence Nadolny scored nine points and had four rebounds to lead the reserves. Edwards had five assists in the game and seven rebounds. Texas Tech had 27 assists on 40 made shots in the game and is now averaging 24.7 assists per game.
Ramsey's 25 points rank sixth for a freshman in a game and were six behind the freshman single-game record of 31 by Lance Hughes (1992) and Jason Sasser (1993).
Texas Tech improved to 7-0 all-time against HBU and is now 2-0 against them under Beard who won his first game as the head coach against the Huskies to begin the 2016-17 season. Beard is now 79-31 at Texas Tech three games into his fourth season.
Houston Baptist started the game on a 9-0 run before the Red Raiders answered with a 14-0 run of their own to take the lead that they would hold the rest of the game. Tech led 54-39 at halftime after shooting 60 percent from the field, including going 5-for-11 on 3-pointers. Ramsey led the team with 20 points after shooting 8-for-10 from the field with two 3-pointers, while Holyfield had nine and Edwards and Moretti each had eight points. Clarke led the team with six assists and Edwards had four at the break. The Red Raiders owned a 25-12 rebounding advantage after 20 minutes of play and had also assisted on 16 of 21 made baskets. The team was 21-for-35 from the field and 7-for-11 at the free-throw line. A 25-4 run was capped by Ramsey's first 3-pointer and gave the Red Raiders a 25-13 lead that would grow to the 15-point halftime advantage. The halftime lead was the third straight game with a halftime lead to start the season for the team.
Jalon Gates led HBU with 21 points after hitting three 3-pointers and Ian Dubose scored 17. The Huskies, who will play at Michigan next week, finished the game shooting 26-for-66 from the field and committed 18 turnovers.
Texas Tech will return to action at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 against Tennessee State. The Red Raiders and Tigers will be meeting for the first time ever. TSU is 2-1 on the season following a 79-78 win over Lipscomb on Tuesday night in Nashville but will host Fisk before travelling to Lubbock. Tech is on a 49-game home non-conference winning streak coming into the game with Beard at 30-0 in those games.