Davide Moretti scored 19 points and Matt Mooney added 14 to help No. 11 Texas Tech hold off Kansas State 63-57 on Saturday in a matchup of defensive-minded teams.

Barry Brown led the Wildcats with 16 points and Cartier Diarra added 11 on a day when they struggled to make shots and hit just 33 percent (19 of 57) from the field.

Kansas State (10-4, 0-2 Big 12) erased most of a 34-19 halftime deficit when Brown knocked down a 3-pointer with 6:55 to go that pulled the Wildcats to within 43-42.

But Texas Tech (13-1, 2-0) found some offensive rhythm to pull away, despite some struggles at the free-throw line in the second half (15 of 23). Moretti hit a series of big shots in the second half to account for 10 straight points and help the Red Raiders overcome 13 turnovers in the half.

He answered Brown’s long-range shot with a 3-pointer 16 seconds later to trigger a 7-0 run. Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, who struggled against the Kansas State defense, gave his team a 53-43 lead with 2:21 to go when he hit three free throws.

Playing again without Big 12 preseason player of the year Dean Wade, the Wildcats fell into a huge hole early because they couldn’t make shots.

Kansas State missed its first 13 shots from the floor until Diarra got loose on a runout and hit a driving layup at the 9:12 mark. That basket triggered a brief Wildcats’ surge — seven points in 1:18 — as they clawed back to within 17-10.

Texas Tech hit a lull about that same time, missing seven field goals in a row after DeShaun Coprew buried a 3-pointer at the 12:02 mark.

Moretti helped the Red Raiders get back on track when he hit a 3, Culver made his only field goal of the first half on an offensive rebound and those shots helped Tech close the half on a 17-9 run.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State: Offensive efficiency remains a problem for the Wildcats with Wade out and point guard Kamau Stokes limited by an injury. To avoid a 0-3 start in conference play for the first time since 2015-16, K-State needs more scorers to emerge.

Texas Tech: Winning ugly is becoming a specialty for the Raiders, but their defense gives them an edge against most foes when games play out that way.

UP NEXT

Kansas State: The Wildcats head back home to take on West Virginia on Wednesday.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders play host to Oklahoma on Tuesday night.

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Texas Tech's Davide Moretti (25) shoots the ball over Kansas State's Kamau Stokes (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Texas Tech’s Davide Moretti (25) shoots the ball over Kansas State’s Kamau Stokes (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Kansas State's Kamau Stokes (3) lays up the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Kansas State’s Kamau Stokes (3) lays up the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) shoots the ball around Kansas State's Makol Mawien (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver (23) shoots the ball around Kansas State’s Makol Mawien (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber reacts to a foul call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber reacts to a foul call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Texas Tech's Tariq Owens (11) tries to pass the ball around Kansas State's Levi Stockard III (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Texas Tech’s Tariq Owens (11) tries to pass the ball around Kansas State’s Levi Stockard III (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Texas Tech's Matt Mooney (13) lays up the ball around Kansas State's Levi Stockard III (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Texas Tech’s Matt Mooney (13) lays up the ball around Kansas State’s Levi Stockard III (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

Source: The Associated Press

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