No. 23 Texas Tech beats CS Bakersfield 73-58 before Big 12

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)No. 23 Texas Tech’s next nonconference home game will almost certainly prove to be a bit more challenging.

But the Red Raiders have their first six Big 12 games before No. 19 Kentucky visits the plains of West Texas.

For now, fourth-year coach Chris Beard feels like his team got a good win in their last game before conference play, 73-58 over Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday.

β€œThat’s a good team, it’s a postseason team, it’s a team that will compete for the (WAC) championship,” Beard said. β€œI’m about as pleased as I’ve been in a long time sitting up here after a victory. The main reason why is I think we beat a very good, well-coached team.”

Kyler Edwards scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime as the Red Raiders (9-3) pulled away in their 54th consecutive nonconference home win – a streak that stretches over seven seasons.

β€œWe work so hard to build this program to the point where people can be proud of it and we can be consistent,” Beard said. β€œNot sure we’re there yet, but we’re getting close.”

Freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey also had 20 points for Texas Tech, with eight of those coming in a 13-2 run midway through the second half that provided a double-figure lead the rest of the game.

Justin Edler-Davis led Cal State Bakersfield (6-9) with 10 points and six rebounds.

Bakersfield was within 33-31 early in the second half before Edwards made three consecutive 3-pointers in a span of 75 seconds to stretch the lead to 42-31, before the Roadrunners cut the gap to three.

β€œMy teammates encouraging me to get more buckets, get more looks,” Edwards said, when asked about the second-half surge. He had taken only four shots before then, including missing a 3-pointer after halftime.

The Red Raiders, the Big 12 co-champion with Kansas State last season before losing to Virginia in overtime in the national championship game, are 7-0 at home this season and have won 14 in a row overall in Lubbock.

Texas Tech’s nonconference home winning streak started in December 2013 and trails Butler’s 57-game streak.

That will be on hold until Jan. 25 for the Big 12/SEC Challenge against the Kentucky Wildcats – who are coming off an overtime win Saturday against rival No. 3 Louisville, which was the top-ranked team when it lost to the Red Raiders earlier this month.

Tech led 57-43 after Ramsey had a steal that he turned into a breakaway dunk with 9 minutes left. The Red Raiders converted 17 turnovers by Cal State Bakersfield into 26 points.

The Roadrunners were within 44-41 on a 3-pointer by Edler-Davis with 12:54 left. But they had three bad-pass turnovers in just under three minutes that led to seven points in the Tech run. Ramsey had another steal that resulted in a fastbreak layup by Edwards, and Ramsey made a 3-pointer after Davide Moretti’s steal.

BIG PICTURE

Cal-State Bakersfield: The Roadrunners have never beaten a Top 25 team, and this is the second year in a row with a road loss against a ranked Big 12 team – the 2018-19 season opened with a loss at then-No. 20 TCU.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders have won four games in a row, a streak that started with a win over then-No. 1 Louisville. … The Red Raiders are 57-5 overall at home under Beard, 34-0 against non-conference teams.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Texas Tech will go into Big 12 Conference play still ranked. The Red Raiders were as high as 11th earlier this season before three losses in a row briefly dropped them out of the poll.

UP NEXT

Cal-State Bakersfield plays its first two WAC games at home, next Saturday against Grand Canyon and then Jan. 8 against California Baptist.

Texas Tech opens conference play at home Saturday against Oklahoma State, then hosts Baylor three days later.

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