Texas Tech Basketball Starts Season With a Party at the USA
Daniel Batcho is coming for you. Just like he came for Northwestern State. Batcho recorded his first double-double with a career-high 12 points and 10 rebounds to help lead Texas Tech to a season-opening 73-49 win over Northwestern State in front of a full house at the United Supermarkets Arena.
Texas Tech has now won 22 straight home games, including 18 last season and 23 straight season openers.
“I just wanted to get out of it, you know,” Mark Adams told TexasTech.com. “I just wanted to get a W. They’re always tough, you know, because we have such high expectations, and it's always disappointing for the coaching staff, and the coaching staff has to remind me ‘hey, don’t take the win away, because they did win and they played hard.”
Batcho's career night came with his first start. "I'm just trying to be aggressive,” Batcho said. “I would say that we did a pretty good job of passing the ball, lobs, and pick and roles. We need to keep doing that. I think we did good, but I think we can do way more as a team. We're going to be way better."
Another returner, Kevin Obanor, finished with nine points while newcomer Jaylon Tyson finished with eight points and five boards. He also had the first bucket of the game. Tyson was committed to Texas Tech before heading with Chris Beard to Austin, only to return midseason and sit out the rest of last year. That bucket was a long time coming. "It was a dream come true for real,” Tyson said. “I didn't dream of it being a three or a two. I just dreamed of my first shot being made at Texas Tech. That is going to be something that I will remember for the rest of my life."
Texas Tech's next game is on Thursday night at 7 p.m. against Texas Southern at the United Supermarkets Arena.