Texas Tech interim coach Chris Walker started off his head coaching career on a positive note with an 89-79 win over Prairie View A&M in Tech’s regular season opener Friday night.
Jordan Tolbert led the Red Raiders with 16 points in Friday's win over the Prairie View A&M Panthers
"It's a great feeling," Walker said. "It's just something you always dream about. Now that it's happened I can't wait for No. 2."
Sophomore Jordan Tolbert led the Red Raiders with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Jamal Williams Jr. added 15 of his own, including three 3s on three straight possessions that helped the Red Raiders get out to a 20-point first half lead.
Williams’ 3s opened the door for Tech to run away with the game. The Red Raiders ran and didn't look back, leading the entire game.
“This week I had a tough practice and (Coach Walker) was on me mentally,” Williams said. “Trying to get me mentally stronger and it prepared me for the game and I played with passion.”
Coach Walker said the Red Raiders youth and overall lack of experience allowed the Panthers to close the lead to eight at one point.
“We've got seven new players, we've got two freshmen, we've got two guys who are primary ball handlers who have never played at this level” Walker said.
Overall, Tech played a very emotional up-tempo game.
“Tech’s going to be a really good basketball team, it’s just going to take a little time to make tweaks here and there,” Prairie View A&M head coach Byron Rimm II said.
The Red Raiders (1-0) will host Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday where they hope to add their second win.