Pop Isaacs snapped a career-high 28 points on Thursday against visiting Sam Houston State, snapping out of a season-long slump in a 96-60 win over important Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders broke the game with a goal in overtime and ended the first half with a five-game winning streak.
Isaacs entered the night’s game shooting just 32.5 percent from the floor, but was hot from the get-go.
He made 10 of 19 shots, including from beyond the arc, as Texas Tech (10-2) knocked down a season-high 15 treys en route to the lopsided victory. He succeeded in 5 out of 11 shots.
Devon Barnes hit a jumper for the Bearkats (6-8) and the Red Raiders led 31-24 with 5:45 left in the first half.
But Texas Tech took control on a 17-5 run to end the first half, with Isaacs scoring the final six points with back-to-back 3-pointers with 37 seconds remaining.
The Red Raiders’ shooting in the first half was impressive (15-of-29 overall, 6-of-16 from the 3-point area), but they did a great job of limiting turnovers. Texas Tech only turned the ball over twice in the first 20 minutes, but Sam Houston State lost the ball 11 times (which matched the Bearkats’ number of shots) and the Red Raider points were The score was 14 points.
Sam Houston State only turned the ball over four times in the second half and shot just 11-of-34.
Burns led Sam Houston State with 18 points, but was the only player to make more than three field goals. Marcus Boykin contributed 10 points.
Kerwin Walton provided Texas Tech with 18 points and made four 3-pointers. Joe Toussaint added 13 points and had five of the Red Raiders’ 21 assists on 32 shooting.
—Field Level Media