The Latest: Texas Tech tops Nebraska in Hall of Fame Classic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Hall of Fame Classic (all times local):
Jarrett Culver poured in 26 points, Matt Mooney scored 15 and Texas Tech overcame a slow start to beat Nebraska 70-52 on Tuesday night in the title game of the Hall of Fame Classic.
The Red Raiders (5-0) trailed 15-6 in the opening minutes before going on a 12-0 run to wipe out their deficit. The game remained close until midway through the second half, when Culver and Mooney combined to slowly pad Texas Tech’s cushion.
The crushing blow came with 8 minutes left, when Culver hit 3-pointer from the corner. Nebraska coach Tim Miles was given a technical foul at the other end and Davide Moretti made both free throws, extending the Red Raiders’ lead to 57-42.
They leaned on their stingy defense the rest of the way to hold Nebraska off in the first matchup of former Big 12 rivals since the 2011 season — much to the delight of Texas Tech alum and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was seated courtside.
Isaac Copeland Jr. scored 20 points and James Palmer Jr. had 13 for the Huskers (4-1), who were trying to win their first in-season tournament title since the 2000 San Juan Shootout.
Bennie Boatwright scored 22 points, Jonah Mathews added 21 and Southern California romped to a 99-80 victory over Missouri State on Tuesday night to take third place in the Hall of Fame Classic.
Kevin Porter Jr. added 14 points, Derryck Thornton had 12 and Nick Rakocevic scored 10 for the Trojans (3-2), who bounced back easily from a turnover-laden semifinal loss to Texas Tech. USC made 17 3-pointers — its most since 2000.
USC used first-half runs of 13-0 and 16-0 to take control, pushed the lead to 44-27 by halftime and coasted down the stretch with the only question whether the Trojans would top 100 points.
Ryan Kreklow hit six 3-pointers and had 23 points to lead the Bears (3-2). Keandre Cook added 21 points and Kansas City native Jarred Dixon hit five 3s and finish with 17.
The Red Raiders and Huskers faced each other for the title later Tuesday night.
Texas Tech and Nebraska are meeting in the Hall of Fame Classic title game in an old-school Big 12 rematch at the Sprint Center, where the league still holds its postseason tournament.
The meeting Tuesday night is the first for the Red Raiders and Huskers since 2011, when they were still in the same league. The Huskers left for the Big Ten after that season.
Texas Tech advanced to the finals by beating Southern California in the semifinals on Monday night, while Nebraska routed Missouri State in its semifinal matchup.
The Trojans and Bears are tipping off in the third-place game before the championship matchup.
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