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Red Raiders Drop LSU 76-68

(from Texas Tech Athletics )

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Kevin Obanor scored 22 points and Kerwin Walton made five 3-pointers to help lead Texas Tech to a 76-68 win over LSU on Saturday in the Big 12-SEC Challenge at the Maravich Center.

The Red Raiders (11-10) snapped an eight-game losing streak with the win and are now 7-3 all-time in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. LSU fell to 12-9 with the loss.

Obanor scored the first eight points of the game for Tech and finished the game shooting 8-for-15 with three 3-pointers. He now has 1,998 career points and 1,020 rebounds after having four more against the Tigers. Walton would match a career-high with five 3-pointers, finishing with a season-high 17 points in a game where he was 6-for-7 from the field and 5 of 6 on 3-pointers. De’Vion Harmon added 14 points and eight assists, Daniel Batcho finished with eight and seven rebounds, and freshman Elijah Fisher had a career-high nine rebounds. Jaylon Tyson added seven rebounds and four points.

Tech led 41-33 at halftime and finished the game on a 16-10 run after LSU had taken a 58-57 lead with 7:33 remaining. Walton would start that run, hitting a 3-pointer before a Jaylon Tyson dunk for a four-point lead. Obanor would score his final game points on a dunk with 1:52 remaining for a 71-64 lead as an exclamation point in the win. The Red Raiders won the game despite not having Pop Isaacs and Fardaws Aimaq available due to injury.

Tech is now 6-3 all-time against LSU, including a 4-1 record in Baton Rouge.

The Red Raiders finished the game 11-for-18 on 3-pointers, including Harmon going 2-for-2 to go along with Walton’s five and Obanor making three. LSU was 9-for-26 from beyond the arc and shot 22-for-59 (37.3 percent). Tech finished with a 36-34 rebounding advantage in the game and a 26-24 scoring advantage in the paint. At the line, Tech was 15-for-21, while LSU was 15-for-19. Batcho was 4-for-4 to lead Tech.

Adam Miller led LSU with 20 points after going 5-for-10 on 3-pointers, while KJ Williams had 14 points and nine rebounds. Derek Fountain added 10 points and six rebounds, and Trae Hannibal led the reserves with seven points.

Texas Tech took a 41-33 lead into halftime, with Obanor leading the way with 13 points, Batcho having eight points, Harmon scoring seven and Walton hitting a pair of late 3-pointers to have six. The Red Raiders were 7-for-11 on 3-pointers in the half, with Obanor going 3-for-4 from beyond the arc and Walton going 2-of-3. Obanor, Batcho and Tyson had three rebounds each for Tech, which was out-rebounded by a 17-13 margin through 20 minutes. Batcho was 4-for-4 at the free-throw line for Tech, which was 8-for-10 at the line overall. Miller led LSU with 12 points after going 4-for-6 on 3-pointers, while Williams had eight points and six rebounds. LSU was 6-for-13 on 3-pointers going into the break and had a 12-10 scoring advantage in the paint. The Tigers were 3-of-6 at the line.
Tech returns home to host No. 12 Iowa State (15-5, 6-2 Big 12) at 8 p.m. on Monday at the United Supermarkets Arena. The Cyclones are coming off a 78-61 loss at Missouri on Saturday in their Big 12-SEC Challenge matchup. ISU won 84-50 over Tech on January 10 in the first meeting this season and are currently tied atop the Big 12 standings with Kansas State and Texas.


  • Tech won the tip but did not score on its opening possession… It would take a 2-0 lead with Obanor scoring on the second possession.
  • Obanor would hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Tech an 8-7 lead… He had the first eight points of the game for Tech on 3-for-3 shooting going into the first media timeout of the game.
  • Batcho would hit a pair of free throws and then had a putback dunk for a 12-10 lead before a Williams 3-pointer pushed the lead to 15-10 seven minutes into the game.
  • LSU took a timeout with Tech on a 9-0 run after another Batcho basket that gave him six points and Tech a 17-10 lead… LSU slowed the run with a Hannibal layup before a quick response from Tech with a Harmon layup.
  • Tech had a 22-12 lead after another Obanor 3-pointer nine minutes into the game… Obanor was 3-for-3 on 3-pointers to start the game and had scored 11 of the 22 points for Tech.
  • Harmon hit a jumper to give Tech a 28-18 lead with eight minutes to play until halftime… Harmon had four points, and Tech was shooting 10-for-17 after his basket.
  • LSU was on an 8-0 run after a Hannibal fastbreak layup to make it a 28-26 lead for Tech before a Harmon 3-pointer stopped the run and pushed the lead to five… He had seven points and Tech was 5-for-9 on 3-pointers.
  • Walton made back-to-back 3-pointers for a 40-30 lead with 2:24 to play until halftime… It was his first two baskets of the game… Tech was 7-for-11 on 3s, LSU was 6-for-12 at that point.
  • LSU came out of halftime and cut it to 42-40 within three minutes of play before a Harmon 3-pointer gave Tech a 45-40 lead… Harmon had 10 points after the team’s first 3-pointer of the second half.
  • LSU took its first lead of the second half at 46-45 with a Miller 3-pointer at 13:30 on the clock… He had 16 points after his fifth 3-pointer of the game.
  • Walton would respond by hitting his third and fourth 3-pointers of the game, giving Tech a 51-46 lead and him 12 points with 11 minutes remaining… Walton was 4-for-5 on 3-pointers after the shots, while Tech was 10-for-16 from beyond the arc..
  • LSU went on a 10-0 run, with Williams hitting a 3 for a 56-51 lead before Obanor stopped the spurt with a layup.. He would miss a free throw and eventually make another layup on the same trip down to make it a 56-55 game.
  • Obanor would get to 20 points and give Tech a 57-56 lead with 8 minutes remaining… It was a 6-0 run by Obanor after LSU had taken a five-point lead.
  • Walton drilled his fifth 3-pointer of the game before a fastbreak dunk by Tyson had Tech leading 62-58 with 6:47 remaining.
  • Tech had a 66-60 lead with 3:40 remaining after Harmon’s free throws and a Walton layup – going into the game’s final media timeout.
  • Harmon got to the lane and made a layup to push a run to 7-0 and lead to 69-60 with 2:48 remaining.
  • Obanor would throw down a dunk to give Tech a 71-62 lead on a second-chance play that started with Fisher grabbing his eighth rebound of the game.
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