Texas Tech beats Florida A&M 70-56

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by LANDON WRIGHT / Associated Press

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Posted on December 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Trency Jackson and Josh Gray each scored 10 points to lead Texas Tech to a 70-56 win over Florida A&M on Monday.

Jordan Tolbert added nine points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for the Red Raiders (7-4). Dejan Kravic had eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

Jamie Adams led Florida A&M (4-9) with 22 points and five steals. Reggie Lewis added 10 points for the Rattlers.

The Red Raiders trailed until Toddrick Gotcher made a field goal to give them a 20-19 lead with 5:01 left in the first half. That was the only lead change of the game.

Freshman Dusty Hannahs hit consecutive 3s after Gotcher's basket to help open the lead as the Red Raiders went on a 34-11 run that carried over three minutes into the second half.

Adams and Lewis combined for over half of the Rattlers' points while the Red Raiders had eight players score five points or more. Jaye Crockett, usually the top scorer for Texas Tech, was held to five points but also had five rebounds and two steals.

Kader Tapsoba had eight points and three blocks that sparked the crowd at the United Spirit Arena

Markee Teal and Onyekachukwu Odi led Florida A&M rebounders with six.

Texas Tech shot 39 percent from the field but made 84 percent from the free-throw line. The Rattlers made 53 percent from the free-throw line.

The Rattlers had a 15-11 edge on the offensive boards but the Red Raiders scored 13 second-chance points and held the Rattlers to six. Texas Tech scored 24 points in the paint and limited Florida A&M to 12.

The Red Raiders open Big 12 Conference play Saturday at TCU. Florida A&M plays Wednesday at Florida International in a nonconference game.

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