McClung scored 20 factors whereas Santos-Silva had 10 factors and 12 rebounds regardless of enjoying solely 18 minutes as Texas Tech opened the season with a 101-58 win over Northwestern State on Wednesday night time.
“It was nice to lastly play within the Texas Tech uniform and play with my brothers,” mentioned Santos-Silva, a graduate switch and the one Purple Raiders senior after beginning all 64 video games for VCU the previous two seasons. “We’ve been working so arduous and going by a lot with the entire COVID and all the opposite stuff that’s happening. It simply felt nice to be on the market and simply competing with one another.”
Jamaure Gregg was the one starter in double figures for Northwestern State with 11 factors.
The Purple Raiders by no means trailed, and all 5 starters scored in double digits. True freshman Micah Peavy made the primary basket of the sport and completed with 14 factors. Terrence Shannon Jr. had 16 factors and Kyler Edwards 10.
Tech shot 54.3% (38 of 70) and dedicated solely 10 turnovers. The Purple Raiders went on runs of 17-5 and 15-Four within the first half.
“The steadiness is what we’re in search of. Quite a lot of unselfish performs on the market tonight on offense, numerous aggressive performs on protection,” mentioned coach Chris Beard, who opened his fifth season. “Clearly lots to scrub up, however a superb begin.”
McClung was Georgetown’s main scorer final season, when the 6-foot-2 guard missed 11 video games due to a proper foot harm. Santos-Silva, a 6-foot-7 ahead, was tabbed the Large 12 preseason newcomer of the 12 months.
“He’s someone I belief. And that’s a robust assertion, you already know, while you coached a man one recreation,” Beard mentioned. “There in all probability hasn’t been too many Texas Tech debuts the place a man will get 12 rebounds in 18 minutes. So if he performs his regular minutes tonight, he in all probability breaks a Texas Tech rebounding document. However I’m glad I’m Marcus’ coach.”
Mike McConathy started his 22nd season as coach of the Demons in what was the primary sporting occasion of the 2020-21 tutorial 12 months for Northwestern State. The final occasion eight half months in the past was its 79-62 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi within the first spherical of the Southland Convention event.
INJURED RED RAIDERS
Texas Tech opened the season with out sophomore guard Kevin McCuller, who would have been a starter if not for a rolled ankle. Vladislav Goldin, a 7-foot-1 submit participant from Russia, has a wrist harm.
“Kevin had as properly or nearly as good of an offseason as I’ve seen in my years of faculty basketball,” Beard mentioned. “Kevin was going to start out this recreation, the primary recreation of his sophomore season. He’d earned the appropriate to try this.”
Northwestern State: Even with a beginning lineup of three seniors and two juniors, the Demons dedicated 19 turnovers that Tech transformed into 31 factors. That included 13 steals by the Purple Raiders. Northwestern State shot solely 34.4% (21 of 61).
Texas Tech: The Purple Raiders had been 18-13 final season and certain would have performed of their third consecutive NCAA Match even after dropping their final 4 regular-season video games. The COVID-19 pandemic ended the season earlier than Texas Tech performed its Large 12 Match opener. The Purple Raiders misplaced within the championship recreation of the final NCAA Match performed in 2019.
Northwestern State performs UT-Arlington within the Louisiana Tech Traditional in Ruston, Louisiana, on Saturday night time.
Texas Tech is residence Friday in opposition to Sam Houston State.
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