Up high and down hard. ⛏
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) December 29, 2018
The 11th-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders held UT Rio Grande Valley to two field goals in the first eight minutes of the second half Friday night, using the defensive stand to break open a close game en route to a 71-46 victory in Lubbock.
Regarded as one of the best defensive teams in the nation, Tech limited the Broncs to 32.7 percent shooting from the field.
As a result, the Red Raiders (11-1) bounced back from their only loss of the season to Duke. Tech will open Big 12 conference play next Wednesday on the road at West Virginia.
Texas Tech 11-1
UT Rio Grande Valley 8-7
Texas Tech — Jarrett Culver, 19 points; Deshawn Coprew, 13 points, 10 rebounds
UT Rio Grande Valley — Terry Winn, 17 points.