MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard called a timeout after his No. 11 Red Raiders, playing at a neutral site about 120 miles from their campus, had three turnovers without getting off a shot and quickly fell behind to Houston Baptist.
“Just upset with our start. I didn’t think we were being aggressive,” Beard said, after initially joking that he asked his players where they wanted to eat after the game.
“I’m OK if you start the game and have some adversity. I’m OK if you start the game and the ball doesn’t go in when you shoot,” he said. “I didn’t like our energy. I didn’t like our execution of our early game plan.”
The Red Raiders responded with 14 points in a row, going ahead to stay on the way to a 103-74 victory Wednesday night.
Freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting and graduate transfer TJ Holyfield had 21 points on 9-of-10 field goals. Kyler Edwards added 13 points with three 3-pointers while Davide Moretti scored 12 points and had six assists.
“My teammates are doing a great job of getting me the ball in scoring position,” Ramsey said. “I believe the chemistry is really high right now. ... Everybody connects on and off the floor. It’s a great start.”
Jalon Gates had 21 points with five 3-pointers to lead Houston Baptist. Ian DuBose added 20 points.
Texas Tech shot 60% overall (40 of 67) and made its first four field goals in the game, but only after the early turnovers while Houston Baptist (0-3) jumped out to a 9-0 lead in just over two minutes. After the timeout, the Red Raiders’ fourth field goal was a layup by Ramsey that tied the game 9-9 with 16:18 left, and they went ahead to stay on a 3-pointer by Edwards.
“Just reminded the guys with our truth-telling culture, ‘This is...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — All the playing time players like Willie Caruso and Trey Wertz got as freshman last season at Santa Clara is paying off early this year.
Caruso had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Wertz scored 18 to help Santa Clara wrap up a perfect three-game homestand to start the season with a 70-62 victory over Washington State on Tuesday night.
"One of the silver linings of our situation last season is some of our young guys were really baptized through fire right out of the gate," coach Herb Sendek said. "Those guys gained some good experience. Now we've been able to add another wave of newcomers that gives us more depth than we had in the past."
The Broncos (3-0) followed up wins over Division III UC Santa Cruz and Cal Poly by pulling away from the Cougars (1-1) in the second half as they opened the season with three straight wins for the first time since going 5-0 in 2012-13.
"We knew we had a tough schedule but we knew we were a completely different team from last year," Caruso said. "We just tried to do the stuff we do every day in practice and bring the energy. It's great to be 3-0."
Isaac Bonton scored 19 points and CJ Elleby added 10 but Washington State struggled offensively in coach Kyle Smith's second game on the job.
The game turned in a stretch beginning early in the second half when the Cougars couldn't buy a basket. Santa Clara used an 8-0 run over a span of more than six minutes as Washington State went 0-for-8 from the field with four turnovers.
"We were down four and played like we were down 14," Smith said. "That can happen on the road. We learn our lesson and get better."
Wertz capped that spurt with a layup that made it 54-44 before Bonton hit back-to-back layups. The Broncos answered with a 9-1 run capped by a layup by Caruso...
SEATTLE (AP) — Coming off a marquee win to open the season, Washington spent the first 20 minutes looking unenthusiastic and sluggish.
What was expected to be an easy home opener before another big weekend showdown turned into a bigger fight than the Huskies expected.
Isaiah Stewart scored 16 points and blocked five shots, Nahziah Carter scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and No. 20 Washington overcame an awful first half offensively to pull away for a 56-46 win over Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday night.
"We have to have that same sense of urgency right from the get-go," Washington coach Mike Hopkins said. "We're going to have a lot of ups and downs with this team, a lot of learning experiences. We're lucky today we are able to win and learn, rather than lose and learn."
Days after opening the season with an upset of then-No. 16 Baylor, the Huskies (2-0) lacked energy early on and at times lost at the offensive end of the floor. But they found enough scoring in the second half to shake the pesky Mountaineers.
"We came out stagnant, slow, wasn't really cheering on our teammates, getting fired up, getting the crowd into the game," Carter said. "That's a lot on us being the vets on team and we have to understand that and tell our young guys."
Stewart was again a force on the interior as the freshman made 7 of 10 shots, mostly from close range, and was imposing defensively. Carter ignited a sleepy arena with a fast-break dunk midway through the second half and followed with a 3-pointer from the wing to give Washington a 43-36 lead.
The Mountaineers (1-2) wouldn't go away, hitting five 3-pointers in the second half as they found gaps in Washington's zone defense. Vado Morse finished with 10 points. Naim Miller and Damian Chong Qui both added nine points..
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Devon Modster wasn't too impressed with the best game of his career. That it helped stop California's four-game losing streak was much more important to the Golden Bears quarterback.
Modster passed for a career-high three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth in his first game back from injury, California's defense made a pivotal stop late in the fourth quarter, and the Golden Bears beat the Cougars 33-20 on Saturday night to end a four-game losing streak.
"I would say it was average," Modster said of his night. "A couple throws I should have made, a couple reads. I just think it was more of a great team win. We can all improve on this."
Modster did not play in Cal's 35-0 loss to No. 8 Utah on Oct. 26 because of an unspecified injury but was cleared earlier this week. He completed 16 of 24 passes for 230 yards and had a pivotal 26-yard scramble prior to his 52-yard touchdown pass to Makai Polk. Modster also had scoring throws of 9 and 13 yards, then sealed the game with a 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
"I felt like he just played free and like himself and left it all out there on the field," Polk said of Modster.
Chris Brown Jr. rushed for 95 yards and scored twice to help California (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) win for the first time since Sept. 21. The Bears outgained the Cougars 196-16 on the ground.
The win keeps California on track to become bowl eligible for the third time in three seasons under coach Justin Wilcox.
"The resiliency of the group, it's always been that way" Wilcox said. "The effort's always been good. We just executed a bit better tonight. It was great."
"It just shows a lot of grit," Modster said. "Coming off a four-game losing streak, our spirits didn't die. We came out to work every day and it showed...
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — When Oregon State closed in on Washington, Salvon Ahmed broke away with a 60-yard scoring run to douse any momentum the Beavers had.
Ahmed ran for a career-high 174 yards, scoring twice, and Washington rebounded from a two-game losing streak with a 19-7 victory over the Beavers on Friday night.
The Huskies (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) became bowl eligible with the victory, their eighth straight over the Beavers. Washington has not lost three in a row during coach Chris Petersen's tenure.
"Salvon's always one pitch away from hitting it out of the park," Petersen said afterward.
The Beavers (4-5, 3-3) trailed 10-0 at the half but rallied in the third quarter on Jaydon Grant's interception return for a touchdown. Oregon State, which has already won more games than in the past two seasons combined, has three remaining games to try to earn its first bowl berth since 2013.
Hunter Bryant had five catches for 90 yards for Washington, after catching a pair of touchdowns last weekend in a 33-28 loss to Utah. Bryant went into the game ranked second nationally in yards receiving by tight ends (557). Huskies quarterback Jacob Eason threw for 175 yards but was intercepted twice.
"I was able to make things happen, but it's credit to the offensive line, the receivers, the tight ends, everyone," Ahmed said. "They were all doing the job and executing."
Jake Luton threw for just 88 yards and the Beavers were held to just 119 yards of total offense — just 8 yards in the second half — with no second-half first downs. Oregon State hasn't defeated a Pac-12 opponent at home since 2016.
"We just got nothing going, which was difficult to swallow, because I know that group's been working, playing at a high level, but ran into a defense that really shut us down," Oregon State...