Texas Tech had to find a way to win Saturday afternoon in the United Supermarkets Arena.
Hawaii took an early 11-point lead and kept fighting back late in the second half, but a defensive switch and some much needed offensive efficiency helped the Red Raiders capture an 82-74 victory.
“We’re finding ways to win,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “We’re doing the little things you have to do to win. I think this team has matured, and that’s why we were able to pull out a game like this.”
TEXAS TECH VS. HAWAII
SATURDAY, 3 P.M.
UNITED SUPERMARKETS ARENA
Friday afternoon, Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith announced that sophomore forward Isaiah Manderson won’t be available to play Saturday afternoon against Hawaii.
Texas Tech called a time out to set up one more play with 23 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Red Raiders trailed Utah by five in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
After Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith drew up what he wanted to do, Justin Gray inbounded the ball to Toddrick Gotcher who dribbled at the top of the key until 11 seconds remained.
Then, Zach Smith ran up from the elbow to the top of the key to catch a pass from Gotcher before quickly handing it off to Devaugntah Williams.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith didn’t want to make a big deal out of facing his former Minnesota program.
Turns out, the veteran coach did feel a little extra emotion about it after all.
Devaugntah Williams scored 21 points to help Texas Tech beat Minnesota 81-68 in Sunday’s fifth-place game at the Puerto Rico Tipoff, giving Smith a win against the program he led for six seasons.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Texas Tech did just enough to set up a reunion for coach Tubby Smith with his previous team.
Devaugntah Williams scored 15 points to help the Red Raiders hold off Mississippi State 74-72 in Friday’s consolation bracket at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
Keenan Evans added 13 points for the Red Raiders (2-1), who survived two shots for the tie on the final play to set up a date with Minnesota — the program Smith coached from 2007-13 before arriving Texas Tech.
“It’ll be interesting to see some of the familiar faces,” Smith said.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak pushed his team to play tougher after a first half in which they squandered much of a 12-point lead and couldn’t keep Texas Tech off the boards.
The second half was more what the fifth-year coach expects from the No. 16 Utes.
Lorenzo Bonam scored a season-high 20 points and Utah held off Texas Tech 73-63 on Thursday night in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
This isn’t an exotic, once-in-a-lifetime trip for senior guard Angel Rodriguez.
Instead, the Puerto Rico-native is going home.
“His mom is still there, and his brothers are there,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “He has a large family. I expect he will have a huge fan club at all of the games. He is a great kid, a great floor general. He has had a great career so far. And we expect, this is his senior year, to be his best year ever.”
Rodriguez is averaging 11.5 points per game to go alongside 11 total assists to only two turnovers.
Texas Tech started off its season with a 77-73 win over High Point.
The Red Raiders’ performance in the second half especially showed Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith what they’re capable of.
In multiple preseason rankings of every team in the country, High Point was higher than Texas Tech.
“They were projected to win,” sophomore guard Keenan Evans said. “It’s exciting to see that how poor we did we were still able to win the game. If we were on and making shots and would have jumped on them early, (think about) how much better we would have done.”