Norense Odiase led the Red Raiders with 15 points.
Norense Odiase and Zach Smith each had 13 points for Texas Tech
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Zach Smith was one of the top rebounders in the state of Texas last season, as the Plano East product finished second in Class 5A in boards at 12.1 a night.
PRIOR TO TEXAS TECH
Zach Smith is a three-year letterwinner for Jeff Clarkson at Plano East Senior High School ... named the 2013-14 District 10-5A Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-District, as well as First Team All-State and First Team All-Region II-5A ... averaged 15.6 points, 12.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists as a senior at Plano East ... selected to play in the 2014 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game ... Plano East finished the season 17-9 and No. 21 in Texas Class 5A ... as a junior, averaged 5.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game on a team that had four NCAA Division I signees in the 2013 recruiting class ... earned honorable mention All-District 10-5A honors as a junior ... rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... ranked the No. 25 player in the state of Texas by TexasHoops.com ... chose Texas Tech over Marquette, Nebraska, Kansas State, TCU, UTEP and Washington State ... played AAU for Dallas Pro Skills 17U.
Born Zachary K. Smith ... born in 1996 in Dallas, Texas ... son of Reggie Smith and Linda Werner-Smith ... brother Xavier is a sophomore at St. Bonaventure ... both parents played collegiately ... father led 14th-seeded UALR to the Sweet Sixteen in 1985 after upsetting Notre Dame ... mother lettered in both basketball and volleyball at UALR ... currently undecided about his major ... signed his National Letter of Intent on Nov. 13, 2013.