AMES, Iowa (AP) — Kyler Edwards struck early in his second straight start for No. 18 Texas Tech, scoring 16 of his 19 points in the first half as the Red Raiders built a huge lead and breezed past Iowa State 91-64 Saturday.
The Red Raiders (10-3, 3-2 Big 12) used a pair of 12-0 runs to make it 54-28 with just over a minute left before the break.
“My confidence comes from my work,” Edwards said. “My teammates encouraging me and getting me good looks.”
Mac McClung added 18 points for the Red Raiders, on 8-of-10 shooting. Kevin McCullar finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
“I really enjoy watching Kyler play well,” Beard said. “Kyler is a guy I’ll ride and die with, because he loves the game as much as me and he works as hard as I do.”
McCullar earned a double-double after falling a point short a year ago against the Cyclones.
“He’s just getting started,” Beard said. “He can play better than he did tonight. That’s not being critical. It’s just the truth.”
Texas Tech has now won five of its last six meetings with the Cyclones, and four in a row.
Before dominating the Cyclones, Texas Tech’s previous two Big 12 wins came by a combined 11 points. For the first time ever, five of Iowa State’s first nine opponents have been ranked, including four foes in the Top 10.