Texas Tech sophomore Kevin McCullar recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Kyler Edwards scored 19 and Mac McClung 18 to help lead the No. 18-ranked Red Raiders to a 91-64 win over Iowa State on Saturday at the Hilton Coliseum.
Tech (10-3, 3-2 Big 12) secured the 27-point win after leading 54-30 at halftime with a pair of 12-0 runs and has now won four in a row over the Cyclones (2-7, 0-5 Big 12). The Red Raiders had only one turnover in the first half, 10 total in the game, finished shooting 58.9 percent from the field and were 18-for-21 at the free-throw line. The team owned the paint, outscoring ISU by a 42-22 advantage as they moved to 2-0 in conference road games.
“Road wins are something you always remember,” said Texas Tech coach Chris Beard who won his 200th game as an NCAA head coach. “Tonight we had some awesome individual performances. There was a lot of unselfishness out there tonight. It was a great road trip for our team as they continue to come together as a team and roles continue getting defined.”
The Red Raiders will now play at No. 4 Texas at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Austin before hosting No. 2 Baylor next Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena.
McCullar secured his first career double-double and matched career highs in both scoring and rebounding in the win, while Edwards matched a season-high with 19 points after shooting 6-for-9 from the field with three 3-pointers. McClung shot lights out, going 8-for-10 from the field to finish with 18 points for the Red Raiders who were 33-for-56 from the field. McCullar now has 22 rebounds at Hilton Coliseum in two games after also going for 11 rebounds at ISU last season.
Terrence Shannon, Jr. recorded a career-high six assists to go along with 11 points and five rebounds after coming off a game against Kansas State where he had a career-high 22 points. Shannon was 4-for-4 at the free-throw line for the Red Raiders while Marcus Santos-Silva and Micah Peavy both finished with six points from the starting lineup. Edwards, who also had 19 points in the win over Abilene Christian, now leads the team with 24 3-pointers this season and has 103 in his career. Tech finished the game with 11 steals with Santos-Silva, Peavy, McCullar and Shannon having two each.
McClung now leads the Red Raiders with 15.3 points per game after getting into double figures for the 10th time this season, while Shannon (13.6), Edwards (10.6) and McCullar (10.3) give Tech four players averaging in double figures. McCullar’s double-double was the fourth of the season for the Red Raiders with Santos-Silva having two and Edwards one.
Beard is now 200-77 as an NCAA head coach with one season at McMurry, two at Angelo State, one at Little Rock and is in his fifth at Tech. He reached the 100 win milestone at Tech with the win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi last month and is now 104-47 leading the Red Raider program.
Iowa State finished the game shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 6-for-18 on 3-pointers. The Cyclones were outscored 24-4 in points off turnovers by the Red Raiders. Solomon Young and Rasir Bolton led ISU with 15 points each, while Javan Johnson had 14 and Jalen Coleman-Lands added 11.