LUBBOCK, Texas – Jarrett Culver sent the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum out right.
Culver, a Lubbock native who played high school basketball at Coronado, seemingly couldn’t miss as he made 12 of his 13 shots and finished with 30 points to lead Texas Tech to an 82-48 victory over Abilene Christian on Saturday evening at the building known as “The Bubble.”
"It was special, very historic game for us," Culver said. "We just came out and did it for all the people that played before us and all the coaches. There's a lot of history behind this, so we wanted to end it on a good note."
The Red Raiders celebrated their past in playing one final game at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum before the building closes for good next year.
But there’s plenty to enjoy in the present as Texas Tech improved to 10-0, its best start since the 1929-30 squad won its first 12 games.
However, Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said he's not focused on the Red Raiders' success so far this season.
"No disrespect to the other teams, but 10-0 really doesn't mean that much to me, we're just trying to get ready for the next game on the schedule," Beard said. "I think any kind of success that we have, early season or as the season goes on, I hope that all former Red Raiders take some pride in this."
Culver put his imprint on the final game at The Bubble starting in the first half when he routinely got to the basket and finished a series of 3-point plays. He had 20 points at the break on the way to his career high in points.
But Texas Tech’s star sophomore guard did more than just score. Culver finished with 7 rebounds and 4 assists before exiting the game for good with 8:34 remaining.
Guards Matt Mooney and Kyler Edwards scored 140 and 10 points respectively to join Culver in double figures.
Edwards dropped off a pass which forward Norense Odiase slammed home midway through the second half. The play earned a double fist pump from Beard at the ensuing timeout.
Beard said the excitement came from Edwards passing up a shot of his own to get a teammate an open look. The Red Raiders coach said that's a positive sign as Edwards transitions from being a dynamic scorer in high school to a true point guard in college and beyond.
The Red Raiders kept up their swarming play on defense as they held ACU to 28-percent shooting. Texas Tech out-rebounded the Wildcats, 38-26.