EditorsNote: changes to “TJ” in third graf; changes to “20 points” in fifth graf
Freshman guard Jahmi’us Ramsey scored 20 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to lead No. 11 Texas Tech to a 103-74 victory Wednesday over Houston Baptist in a nonconference game at the neutral site of the Chaparral Center in Midland, Texas.
Ramsey, who hails from Arlington, Texas, made 10 of 13 shots from the field, including all three of his 3-point attempts.
TJ Holyfield added 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field, Kyler Edwards had 13 points, and Davide Moretti finished with 12 points and six assists for Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders (3-0) made 59.7 percent of their shots, including 46.7 percent from 3-point range. A negative: They committed 23 turnovers that led to 20 points for Houston Baptist.
The Huskies (0-3) were led by Jalon Gates’ 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, including five 3-pointers. Ian Dubose added 20 points.
The Red Raiders built a 54-39 lead at halftime, behind Ramsey’s 8-of-10 shooting, despite their outlook looking bleak in the early going.
Texas Tech rallied for 14 straight points after falling behind 9-0 with 17:56 left in the first half. Texas Tech coach Chris Beard was forced to call timeout after the slow start, and the Red Raiders responded.
They would not trail again after building a 25-13 lead, capped by a Ramsey 3-pointer with 12:28 left until halftime. Ramsey had nine points already by that point.
Ryan Gomes made a layup with 18:33 left in regulation to cut Texas Tech’s lead to 56-43, but the Red Raiders would go on an 11-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Texas Tech outrebounded Houston Baptist 48-28 and outscored the Huskies 56-24 in points in the paint. Chris Clarke led Texas Tech with eight rebounds, and Edwards added seven.
Texas Tech returns home on Nov. 21 to play Tennessee State in a game that is affiliated with the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Nov. 28-29 that includes Iowa, Creighton and San Diego State.
Houston Baptist next plays at Michigan on Nov. 22 before returning to play crosstown rival Houston on Nov. 26 at the Fertitta Center in Houston.
—Field Level Media