No. 18 Texas Tech extended its winning streak to three and ended its home schedule with an 81-54 win over Iowa State. Mac McClung led the Red Raiders with 20 points, while Marcus Santos-Silva, Micah Peavy, Kyler Edwards and Terrence Shannon, Jr. were all in double figures in the 27-point victory with a season-high 61.7 shooting percentage.
Texas Tech (17-8) swept the Iowa State Cyclones (2-20) for the second straight season and has now won five in a row in the season after also securing a 91-64 on Jan. 9 in Ames in the first matchup between the two teams. The Red Raiders will now close out the regular season with a trip to Waco to play No. 3 Baylor at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Ferrell Center before competing in the Big 12 Championship next week in Kansas City.
“We knew they were going to have a few runs and they did, but fortunate for us, we had the last few runs which let us be successful tonight,” said Texas Tech coach Chris Beard who is now 74-13 at home leading the program after going 11-4 this season at the USA.
McClung scored 20 or more points for the 10th time this season after going 7-for-12 from the field and 5-for-6 at the free-throw line, while Santos-Silva had 14 points and seven rebounds. Shannon and Peavy would finish with 12 points each and Edward would go for 11 points on three 3-pointers. Edwards, who scored 20 on Tuesday in the win over TCU, led Tech with three steals in a game where the Red Raiders came away with nine steals as a team. Kevin McCullar added seven rebounds and Tyreek Smith had six rebounds in a game where the team had a 34-27 advantage on the glass.
The Red Raiders owned a 35-27 halftime lead and would lead by as many as 34 in the game in the second half. Tech shot 65.0 percent in the first half and 59.3 percent in the second half for the best shooting display of the season despite going 5-for-15 on 3-pointers. Tech owned a staggering 36-14 advantage in the paint and had 13 assists on 29-for-47 shooting. Peavy led Tech with three assists to go along with his best scoring performance in Big 12 play, while Santos-Silva, McClung and McCullar had two assists each.
Jalen Coleman-Lands and Tyler Harris led the Cyclones with 15 points each and Solomon Young had 10 points. ISU was limited to just 31.0 percent shooting in the game despite hitting eight 3-pointers and became the 12th team and third straight held under 60 points by the Red Raider defense.
“What we’ve been doing lately on our offense and defense, being aggressive on offense and moving that ball,” Santos-Silva said. “Also, on defense being aggressive and knowing what we got to do. We know what to do to their guards and how they play and we know the game plan we got to use for it so just going back in the film room and looking at what we did.”
Texas Tech student manager Ty Larson entered the game with 54 seconds remaining and would take a charge on the defensive end of the court. Larson is in his second season with the program and is the head student manager. He played two seasons at Eastern Wyoming College after an all-state high school career. A Douglas, Wyoming native, Larson will graduate from Texas Tech in May and plans on becoming a basketball graduate assistant and then pursing a college coaching career.