Texas Tech started the new year on a high note, defeating North Alabama 85-57 in a Monday matinee at United Supermarket Arena. The Red Raiders ended their non-conference schedule on a high note, with Pop Isaacs scoring a game-high 21 points. Isaacs’ performance marked the 10th time he has scored in double digits this season and the second straight year he has scored 20 or more points, following a career night against Sam Houston State.
With a consistent performance on both ends of the floor, the Red Raiders held North Alabama to 22-for-58 from the field, but an even less efficient 4-for-19 from beyond the arc. Tech’s lead grew to 34 points in the second half after a 13-14 run at the charity stripe by the Big 12’s best. The Red Raiders turned the ball over just eight times, nearly matching their game-low of seven in a single game this season.
In what has been a theme from Tech over the past few games, the Red Raiders jumped out to an early lead and used a 13-2 stretch to extend their swollen lead to 20 points in the first half.
There was a nice development where Warren Washington denied a Lion layup near the basket, a heads-up save from Lamar Washington set up Isaacs, and Isaacs passed to Chance McMillian for a three-ball. The ball movement displayed in that moment continued throughout the night, with Tech recording 20 assists and at one point scoring 11-for-15 from the field.
The Red Raiders once again saw production from some faces en route to the win. McMillian trailed Isaacs with 16 points on 6-10 from the field. Warren Washington went a perfect 5-5 on field goals, including a mid-range jumper, and scored 10 points, becoming Tech’s third double-digit scorer.
The win over North Alabama ended the first non-consistency under Grant McCasland, and improved Tech’s record to 11-2. The Red Raiders are scheduled to enjoy a few home contests to get through their non-conference schedule before traveling to Austin to face Texas on January 6th.Tipoff from the Moody Center is set for 7 p.m.