LUBBOCK, Texas -- Robert Turner connected on his first five 3-point attempts and scored 21 points to lead Texas Tech to an 88-68 win over Northern Arizona on Monday night.
The Red Raiders shot 55 percent from the 3-point line -- a major improvement from the 17.6 percent they shot against Houston Baptist on Friday night -- compared to just 29 percent by NAU.
After trailing until tying the game at 18-18, NAU (1-1) took its largest lead of the night, 24-20, with 8:41 left in the first half but the Red Raiders (2-0) fought back and led by as many as 28 points in the second half.
The Red Raiders struck first and took an early 10-5 lead when Turner hit his first 3-pointer 2 1/2 minutes into the game and kept the lead for more than 10 minutes, until Aaseem Dixon hit the first two of three free throw attempts to tie it 18-18.
NAU pulled down the board on his miss and got it back in Dixon's hands for a Lumberjack 3-pointer. Moments later, NAU took its largest lead of the night 20-24 with 8:41 to go in the first half.
Tolbert picked up a technical foul with 6:20 to go in the first half by muscling himself up above the rim following a two-handed slam that regained the lead for the Red Raiders 27-26.
From there, the Red Raiders got it into gear as Turner continued to strike from beyond the arc, helping Texas Tech carry a 42-35 lead into halftime.
After the half, the Red Raiders came out with the intention of putting the game away and opened up on a 12-2 run, led by a pair of 3s and another field goal by Hannahs. This extended the lead to 14, 54-37, with 16:24 left in the second half and the Lumberjacks would never cut it to less than 11 points.
Senior Jaye Crockett added 12 points and four rebounds for the Red Raiders and worked with Tolbert to dominate points in the paint 43 to 24.
Texas Tech would build its lead even further, stretching it to as many as 28 points with 4:31 left in the game on an Alex Foster field goal.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.