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Tech kicked off their season last week hosting two members of the Southland Conference in Sam Houston State & Northwestern State, winning both by a combined score of 185-110. They capped off the week against the 17th ranked University of Houston in Fort Worth, losing 64-53 after starting the game in a 27-9 hole early.
Tech had five different players eclipse double figures in at least one of the three games. Included in this group was player of the week, Micah Peavy. Peavy, who got the start against Northwestern State because of an injury to Kevin McCullar, showed why he was chosen as the replacement. In his first collegiate game, he shot 70% from the field, posting a 14-6-3 line adding three steals for good measure as well. Peavy served as a catalyst for the Tech team on both ends of the floor, and nearly every time he touched the ball something positive resulted from it.
Against Houston, Peavy displayed his ability to spin around defenders and attack the basket, providing 12 points on 6-8 shooting with eight of the points being layups/dunks.
With his performance in the first game and McCullar still sidelined, Peavy started the last two games of the week as well. The Freshman has already shown that he will be a key part of the Red Raiders rotation for the remainder of the season, starter or not.
The upcoming week’s schedule includes Troy and Grambling State, both in Lubbock. Troy was a recent addition to the schedule in light of St. John’s canceling their scheduled trip to Lubbock for the Big East/Big 12 Challenge on Thursday. Both games will serve as opportunities for Chris Beard to tinker with lineups and rotations as Ntambwe departed the team and McCullar could be returning from injury any day now.