Texas Tech gets by Central Arkansas 79-57

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm •  Published: December 15, 2013

Once the Red Raiders took a double-digit lead, they picked up the pace and piled on the points. As a team, Tech had 11 steals and 17 assists, which resulted in 32 points off of turnovers.

With 8:31 left in the game, a Toddrick Gotcher pass that resulted in a Kravic alley-oop layup, ignited a 12-0 run for the Red Raiders and helped them pull ahead 61-39. They eventually built the lead up to as much as 26 on a Tapsoba dunk with 6:01 left in the game.

"Coach Smith's halftime message was basically to pick it up and do the fundamentals, keep it simple," Gotcher said. "I think we were trying to do too much."

Texas Tech, which had a clear height advantage at nearly every position, out-rebounded UCA 36 to 25 and scored 40 points in the paint to UCA's 18.

"I think coach Smith has this team ahead of schedule," UCA coach Clarence Finley said. "The reason he has it is they are very, very, very patient offensively."

UCA shot 47 percent, 9 of 19, from the 3-point range, compared to Tech hitting only 4 of 16 threes. Aubrey Ball scored on 3 of 5 3-pointers to add nine more points for the Bears.

The Red Raiders attributed their slow start to their 11-day break leading up to the game. Wednesday night they'll host an LSU team that is currently 6-2.

"That was a big win for us," Gotcher said. "Even though we started out slow we came out and finished strong. We're taking it game by game, getting ready for LSU."

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