Postgame Notes: No. 13/15 Kansas State 68, Texas Tech 59

Jordan Tolbert had a season-high 19 points against Kansas State on Tuesday.

February 5, 2013

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Attendance: 8,145. The Red Raiders are averaging 7,576 fans per home game this season.

Starters vs. Kansas State: Josh Gray (20/20), Dusty Hannahs (11/11), Jamal Williams (16/16), Jaye Crockett (2/8) and Jordan Tolbert (20/49).

Kansas State now leads the all-time series, 19-10, including winners of six straight and seven of eight. Kansas State has been ranked in five of the last seven meetings against Texas Tech.

Texas Tech is now 7-5 when shooting 40 percent or better this season.

The Red Raiders fell to 8-3 in games played on weekdays and 2-2 on Tuesdays.

Josh Gray finished the day with 10 points, five assists and two steals with just one turnover. It was his 11th double-digit scoring effort of the season. His five assists tied his career high – North Carolina A&T and West Virginia. He has also recorded 13 steals over the last six games.

Jordan Tolbert seems to be back on track, as the sophomore recorded 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting and 5 of 6 from the line. He is 24 of 32 (75 percent) from the line over the last five games, raising his season average to 63.5 percent. He also pulled down five rebounds and is averaging 6.2 boards over the last five games.

Dejan Kravic reached double figures in scoring for the seventh time this season with 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting. He also had a team-high seven rebounds and is averaging 6.6 boards per game over the last seven outings. Kravic also recorded his seventh multiple-block game of the season and is averaging 1.4 blocks per game.

Clark Lammert came off the bench and recorded a season-high six points in just eight minutes of work. He entered the game with only seven points for the whole season.

After starting the year 3 of 29 from beyond the arc, Ty Nurse has gone four of seven from three-point range over the last three games.

Texas Tech had a season-low four turnovers against Kansas State. It is the fewest turnovers a Red Raider teams has committed in a games since March 3, 2004 against Missouri at the United Spirit Arena, when Texas Tech also committed just four turnovers. There were 287 games played between four-turnover games for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech recorded just 20 rebounds in the game and was out-rebounded 38-20 against Kansas State. The minus-18 margin is the largest deficit since Texas A&M out-boarded the Red Raiders by 18 on Feb. 14, 2012.

It was the second time this season, the Red Raiders were plus-five or better in the assist-to-turnover ratio. Texas Tech had nine assists and four turnovers. The other time came against Omaha, when the Red Raiders had 16 assists and eight turnovers.

Texas Tech eclipsed 70 percent from the free throw line for the 10th time in 20 games this season. The Red Raiders were 12 of 16 from the line (75 percent). Over the last two games, Texas Tech is shooting 78.4 percent from the free throw line raising the team’s season average to 69.2 percent, which ranks 169th nationally. Over the last two games, Texas Tech has climbed 10 spots in the national free throw rankings.

The Red Raiders have just five letterwinners from last year’s squad. Against Kansas State, that quintet produced 33 of the team’s 59 points (55.9 percent). For the season, the returners have averaged 38 percent of the team’s offense.




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