LAWRENCE, Kan. — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard didn’t expect his team to walk out of Allen Fieldhouse with a victory Tuesday night, especially considering the Red Raiders had never done so in school history.
“What I did expect,” Beard said, “was to play hard and play well.”
Turns out that was a winning formula after all.
Keenan Evans scored 15 points; Norense Odiase and Justin Gray had 12 apiece, and the No. 18 Red Raiders never trailed in beating the No. 10 Jayhawks 85-73 for their first win at the Phog in 18 tries.
“It’s special because of how much respect we have for this program,” Beard said. “This is sacred ground in college basketball, so to come in and win means a lot to our program.”
The Red Raiders (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) built a 16-point lead midway through the first half, then found an answer every time the 3-point-dependent Jayhawks (11-3, 1-1) tried to mount a second-half charge.
Zach Smith had 11 points and Jarrett Culver contributed 10 for Texas Tech, which has won its first two Big 12 games for the first time in a decade. The Red Raiders also snapped a four-game skid in league road openers by winning their seventh straight game in the toughest of venues.
Devonte Graham led the Jayhawks with 27 points, but a lot of that came at the foul line, where he was 13 of 13. The senior guard struggled from the field, just like the rest of his teammates. They were 6 of 26 from beyond the arc and missed all 12 of their 3-point attempts in the second half.
Svi Mykhailiuk had 11 points for Kansas before fouling out. Udoka Azubuike also scored 11.
No. 5 Xavier 86, Butler 79: CINCINNATI — J.P. Macura scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half to get Xavier rolling, and Trevon Bluiett had 21 points as Xavier (15-1) won its 10th in a row.
Florida 83, No. 11 Texas A&M 66: COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Egor Koulechov scored 19 points and Keith Stone added 18 as Florida (10-4) won its fourth straight game.
No. 16 TCU 81, Baylor 78: WACO, Texas — Vladimir Brodziansky had 18 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, as TCU (13-1) bounced back from its first loss.
Mississippi State 78, No. 22 Arkansas 75: STARKVILLE, Miss. — Nick Weatherspoon scored 22 points, and his brother Quinndary Weatherspoon added another 22 to lead Mississippi State (13-1).
Auburn 94, No. 23 Tennessee 84: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Bryce Brown and Jared Harper each scored 18 points as Auburn (13-1) erased an early 14-point deficit for its 11th straight victory.