Isaacs nets 21 in TTU win, day after civil lawsuit
AUSTIN, Texas– Texas Tech’s Pop Isaacs scored 21 indicate lead the Red Raiders to a 78-67 Big 12-opening win over No. 20 Texas on Saturday night, a day after he was named in a suit alleging sexual attack of a minor.Isaacs was booed by
Texas fans whenever he touched the ball, and at one point put his fingers to his lips after a 3-pointer to shush them. Isaacs, the Red Raiders’ prominent scorer this season, scored 6 of Texas Tech’s final 9 points to close out the victory.School officials stated in a statement Friday night that he remains in “excellent standing” and can keep playing regardless of being named in the civil suit that declared the assault of a 17-year-old girl during the team’s trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis in November. The age of consent in the Bahamas is 16, but the claim states the lady was intoxicated and might not give consent.Editor’s Picks
Texas Tech officials said Friday the school is performing its own investigation of the claims through its Title IX office.Isaacs was not given the postgame press conference, and first-year Red Raiders coach Grant McCasland decreased further discuss the choice to keep playing him.”The statement that was made by the university is
the one that I’m going to wait. We’re committed to that,”McCasland said.The suit stated McCasland and school officials were first informed
of the alleged attack on Dec. 14. Isaacs has played in 5 games considering that then.Texas Tech’s Warren Washington, who scored 15 points, said the group remained focused on the game in the middle of the news of the claim. “We’re a family. We had one goal in mind and that was to win. We weren’t thinking of anything else,”Washington said.Texas Tech(12-2, 1-0)led 69-63 before Isaacs started the last burst with a driving layup, Opportunity McMillian dunked to stretch the lead to 10, and Isaacs scored again.Red Raiders fans started shouting” Raider Power” in what may be their last opportunity on their Big 12 rival’s home court. Texas leaves the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference next season.” For us it’s about winning a Big 12 champion,” McCasland said. “You have actually got to win road games and win all your home games. “Tyrese Hunter scored 20 points to lead Texas(11-3, 0-1).”This is the Huge 12.
Every game is going to be a dog fight,” Hunter said. “We have to keep combating and playing defense to get ourselves out of it. “The Associated Press contributed to this story.