Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

SPORTS BRIEFS: Red Raiders Shoot Down Cyclones

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

SPORTS BRIEFS: Red Raiders Shoot Down Cyclones

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Red Raiders shoot down Cyclones

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech noticed No. 9 Iowa State's players weren't making it around the Red Raiders' screens, so they started putting up 3-pointers.

The Red Raiders hit 11 from behind the arc to earn their first Big 12 win, 78-73, on Saturday.

"We didn't plan on shooting it," Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. "Shoot them when you're open, and we were open because of the way they were defendng us."

Devaugntah Williams scored a career-high 22 points and Toddrick Gotcher added 17 to lead Texas Tech.

#1 KENTUCKY 58, SOUTH CAROLINA 43 -- At Columbia, S.C., South Carolina made its first shot, then steadily became bottled up.

Another smothering defensive performance propelled Kentucky to a victory over South Carolina.

The portion of the crowd rooting for South Carolina mostly sat silently as UK limited the home team to the second-fewest points in Frank Martin's three seasons as coach. Only a 75-36 loss at Florida on Jan. 30, 2013, saw fewer South Carolina points.

South Carolina made only three of its first 22 shots in the second half as No. 1 Kentucky improved to 19-0. That tied coach John Calipari's first UK team (2009-10) for the third-best start to a season in program history. Only the unbeaten Hagan-Ramsey Cats of 1953-54 (25-0) and Rupp's Runts (23-0 in 1965-66) got out of the gate faster.

#3 GONZAGA 91, PACIFIC 60 -- At Spokane, Wash., Przemek Karnowski and Gary Bell Jr. each scored 13 points as No. 3 Gonzaga routed Pacific, extending the nation's longest home winning streak to 36 games.

Silas Melson added 12 points and Byron Wesley 11 for Gonzaga (20- 1, 9-0 West Coast), which is off to the best start in program history. The Zags have won 13 consecutive games since their only loss at No. 7 Arizona in overtime. …

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