Moretti career-high 17 for Texas Tech in 84-52 win over MVSU

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Davide Moretti had career highs with 17 points and five 3-pointers as Texas Tech beat Mississippi Valley State 84-52 on Friday night.

The Red Raiders (2-0) haven’t trailed this season, scoring the first nine points against Mississippi Valley only three nights after a season-opening 50-point victory over Incarnate Word.

Jarrett Culver had 12 points and Deshawn Corprew 11 points and eight rebounds as Tech won its 40th consecutive nonconference home game over nearly five years — including all 21 such home games played under third-year coach Chris Beard. Norense Odiase had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Jordan Evans had 16 points with four 3s, and Michael Green made three 3s while scoring 15 points for the Delta Devils (0-2).

Moretti had 12 of his points before halftime, including a buzzer-beating 3 that put the Red Raiders up 43-20 at the break.

BIG PICTURE

Mississippi Valley St.: A 32-point loss was a bit of progress for Mississippi Valley, considering its 69-point loss at Nebraska in its opener. The Delta Devils started 0-20 last season.

Texas Tech: After going to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time last season, and losing five seniors and one-and-done standout Zhaire Smith, the Red Raiders are still figuring out combinations on the court. There were 13 players who got into the game, seven of them playing at least 17 minutes. Tech shot 50 percent from the field (32 of 64), and 42 percent on 3-pointers (8 of 19) to go along with a 49-25 rebounding advantage.

UP NEXT

Mississippi Valley State: The Delta Devils play the third of five consecutive road games to start the season. The Delta Devils play twice in Utah next week, at Utah State on Tuesday, and at Utah two days later.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders wrap up their season-opening three-game homestand Tuesday against Southland Conference regular-season champ Southeastern Louisiana. That will be the final tuneup before playing consecutive games in Kansas City on Thanksgiving week, including a game against Southern California.