Red Raiders stifle UT-RGV in second half, 71-46

DeShawn Corprew made his first start as a Red Raider and produced 13 points and 10 rebounds.Elise Bressler photo


Texas Tech stepped on the court for the first time in eight days and went right back to doing what the Red Raiders have done all season in nonconference play.

Guard Jarrett Culver scored 19 points and the Red Raiders held Texas-Rio Grande Valley to 33-percent shooting as No. 11 Texas Tech claimed a 71-46 victory on Friday night at the United Supermarkets Arena.

Forward DeShawn Corprew made the most of his first start as a Red Raider with a double-double as he scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Tariq Owens threw down a pair of alley-oops in the second half and joined Corprew and Culver in double figures with 10.

The Vaqueros (8-7) pushed Texas Tech for most of the first half and tied the game at 21 when Greg Bowie completed a 4-point play with 11:07 left in the first half.

But the Red Raiders held UT-Rio Grande Valley to 10 points for the rest of the half.

Texas Tech responded to Bowie’s triple-and-1 with a 17-4 run sparked by a tip-in and a 3-pointer by Culver and a Corprew dunk. That helped the Red Raiders take a 38-31 lead to halftime.

Texas Tech held the Vaqueros to just four points in the first nine minutes of the second half as the Red Raiders pushed their lead to 19.

Texas Tech dominated the second half despite going 0-for-5 from 3-point range.

The Red Raiders played without Norense Odiase, who sat out with an undisclosed injury or illness. That opened up a starting spot for Corprew, who played 27 minutes, behind only Culver and Mooney.

Texas Tech (11-1) gave up 15 turnovers but had 16 assists on 28 made field goals. On the defensive end, Texas Tech forced 19 turnovers, including 11 steals.

The Red Raiders open Big 12 play on Wednesday at West Virginia. Texas Tech has now posted double digits in wins for the fourth straight season and enter Big 12 action with an 11-1 record for the third straight campaign.