Texas Tech feeling sweet after heading back to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year

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TULSA - The Texas Tech Red Raiders are heading to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row.

TULSA, OKLAHOMA - MARCH 24: Davide Moretti #25, Tariq Owens #11, and Matt Mooney #13 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrate their 78-58 victory over the Buffalo Bulls after their second round game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 24, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The 3rd-seeded Red Raiders rolled past Buffalo 78-58 Sunday evening in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Texas Tech closed out the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 33-25 lead at the half. That’s the fewest points the Bulls have scored in the first half all season.

Tech continued that massive run in the second half. Buffalo led 25-24 in the first half, before the first Red Raider run, but it extended into the second half and before you knew it, it was a 27-3 run, allowing Texas Tech to take a commanding 51-28 lead.

Buffalo scored their first basket of the second half with 12:22 left in the game. Before that, their last basket came with 3:24 left in the first half. Credit the Texas Tech defense for shutting down the Bulls, who just couldn’t get shots to drop.

Buffalo (32-4) entered the game averaging over 85 points a game, 4th best in NCAA Division I Basketball. The Red Raider defense only allows 59 points a game, third best in NCAA Division I.

Jarrett Culver led the Red Raiders with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Norense Odiase had 14 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. Davide Moretti and Matt Mooney both scored 11. Tariq Owens added 1o points.