Postgame Notes: Texas Tech vs. Iowa State
Josh Gray had a career-high 16 points, including 12 in the second half against Iowa State.
January 23, 2013
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With the win, Texas Tech improves to 9-8 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12. The Red Raiders have now eclipsed last year's win total of eight victories overall and one Big 12 win. The Red Raiders were 8-23, 1-17 last season.
The Red Raiders have now evened up the overall series at 11-11 with the Cyclones and lead 7-4 in Lubbock. Texas Tech is now 10-4 in the last 14 meetings with Iowa State and snapped a two-game losing streak to the Cyclones.
The Red Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with the win and are 2-4 in league play for the first time since 2010-11 and the third time in the last five years.
Texas Tech out-rebounded a conference opponent for the second time this season (38-29). Tech out-boarded Kansas (28-26).
Texas Tech won a game decided by five points or less for the first time this season (1-2) and the first time since Jan. 29, 2011, when the Red Raiders topped Oklahoma State in the United Spirit Arena, 75-74. It snapped a six-game losing streak in games decided by five points or less.
The Red Raiders connected on just 39.2 percent of its shots against Iowa State, but the Cyclones were held to 35.3 percent from the field. It was the second time this season that Texas Tech has shot less that 40 percent and won the game. They also shot 39.2 percent against Florida A&M.
Freshman Josh Gray recorded career highs for points (16) and free throws made (5 of 6). He also added five rebounds, four assists and two steals. It was his 10th game of the season with at least three assists. He is on pace to be the first Red Raider freshman to lead the team in assists since John Roberson in 2008.
Sophomore Jordan Tolbert recorded 13 points and eight rebounds on the day. It was his 23rd career double-digit effort and seventh of the season. He has scored in every game he has ever played (48 straight). Tolbert recorded eight rebounds for the sixth time this season. The Red Raiders are 6-0 when Tolbert gets at least eight rebounds.
Today's game featured two of the top Sixth Men in the country, but both were held at bay as Texas Tech's Jaye Crockett finished with five points and four rebounds, while ISU's Tyrus McGee had seven points and one rebound. Crockett entered the game averaging 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds, while McGee came in averaging 13.0 points and 3.7 rebounds.
Junior Dejan Kravic played a career-high 32 minutes and finished with eight points and eight rebounds. It was the 11th time this season he has scored at least eight points and the fifth time he has pulled down eight boards. Kravic is averaging 10.3 points and 7.9 rebounds over the last four games.