LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jaye Crockett and Dejan Kravic each scored 14 points on Monday night as Texas Tech dominated in the paint and beat Mount St. Mary's 100-69.
"Coach emphasized us playing inside and up so he wants us to bring the ball inside because we think we're most effective in the paint," Kravic said. "If we get doubled or don't have a good shot, then we'll kick it out to the guards to get a good shot up."
Kader Tapsoba added 13 points, Jordan Tolbert scored 12 points and Aaron Ross and Toddrick Gotcher added 10 each for the Red Raiders (8-5). Tolbert led Texas Tech with eight rebounds.
"A team like Mount St. Mary's, which presses like that and is a little undersized, we can go inside and that's what we do best," Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. "We can play to our strengths; we can catch you one-on-one in the post."
Julian Norfleet scored 16 points for the Mountaineers (3-9), while Khalid Nwandu added 15 points and Rashad Whack finished with 11.
Texas Tech secured its first lead of the game (6-5) after a layup by Gotcher with 17:32 left in the first half sparked a decisive run. Gotcher's layup was the beginning of a 21-2 run for the Red Raiders that lasted until Whack sank a 3-pointer with 10:29 left in the first half to make it 25-10.
The difference in the game was the Red Raiders' effort in the paint, where they scored 58 points and held Mount St. Mary's to 24. Five of the six Red Raiders who scored in double digits stand 6-foot-7 or taller, with Gotcher being the lone exception at 6-foot-4.
"I think the story about the Texas Tech big men is how much better they've been able to get throughout the course of the year," Mount St. Mary's coach Jamion Christian said.
"One of the things we noticed on film is how much their bigs are when they're together. They play with great size and leverage on the inside."