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Devaugntah Williams poured in 15 of his team-leading 19 points sparked by four three-pointers in the second half as the Texas Tech men's basketball team recorded an 88-53 victory over Laval University Monday at the Desjardins-Laval University Amphitheatre.
With the 35-point win, the Red Raiders moved to 2-0 on their four-game Canadian Tour. Texas Tech secured a 54-46 victory over McGill University on Sunday.
Williams was an efficient 5-of-8 from the floor and drained four of his six three-point attempts. He also was 5-for-6 at the foul line and amassed his 19 points over 14 minutes of action.
Once again, the Red Raiders received a solid performance from their bench. Texas Tech amassed 53 of its 88 points, 31 of its 44 rebounds, 13 of its 22 assists and 11 of its 19 steals all courtesy of the bench.
"Again, I liked our energy and our effort," head coach Tubby Smith said. "We were able to create some easy baskets off of their turnovers, and we were finally able to make some outside shots. We're trying to find out what our identity is. I think we're coming close to understanding what we have to do to be competitive. We have to defend like we have the last two nights, and we need to create offense with our defense which is something we were able to do tonight."
Isaiah Manderson picked up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. He was 6-of-12 shooting and claimed seven of his 11 boards on the offensive end.
Justin Gray added nine points in 13 minutes, while Jordan Jackson and Devon Thomas came away with solid all-around performances. Jackson pumped in eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals followed by Thomas' six points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Donovan Ham and Andrew Sorrells combined for 13 points during the fourth quarter on a 5-of-6 shooting effort. Zach Smith garnered eight points whereas Keenan Evans tallied six pints, four assists and four steals for the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech distributed 22 assists on its 34 field goals, and the Red Raiders connected for 17 field goals in each half en route to a 34-of-74 effort from the floor. On the defensive end, Tech bottled up Laval to six field goals during the first half and into an overall 18-for-62 shooting clip.
Texas Tech forced Laval into 30 turnovers and registered a 36-11 advantage in points off turnovers. The Red Raiders also doubled up Laval in paint points, 44-22, and compiled a 44-37 rebounding edge.
Texas Tech trailed for only 38 seconds of the contest and fired out to a 25-10 lead after the first quarter. The Red Raiders closed the stanza on a 13-3 spurt over the last 4:47 which was kickstarted by six consecutive points courtesy of Manderson.
"I was glad to see Isaiah be active on the boards," Smith said. "He also was running the floor, and he's doing the things that we talked about during the offseason. His conditioning, his strength, his mental focus and being more mature – those are the things that he has to concentrate on and improve in."
Texas Tech stretched its lead to 41-22 going into the locker room after a six-point flurry to cap the half which featured a Jackson steal and an explosive one-handed slam. Thomas scooted through traffic and hit a contested layup before Gray got ahead of the pack for a fastbreak layup.
Williams caught fire and sank a trio of three-pointers over a 2:08 span between the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter to make it 66-37 with 8:29 remaining.
Ham and Sorrells racked up 13 of Texas Tech's 22 remaining points to put the finishing touches on the 35-point victory. Ham did his damage driving to the basket, while Sorrells canned a pair of triples.
"It was good to see Devaugntah knock down some shots tonight," Smith said. "He's a very capable player. When Devaugntah is making shots, we're a different type of team. Some of the young players also hit shots. I was happy to see Andrew and Donovan step in and get some quality minutes tonight."