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February 21, 1999

Texas Tech vs. Nebraska Men's Basketball

Saturday, February 20, 1999 * Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech Guard Rayford Young

"I come into every game with the same mental attitude. The team has turned to me the last two home games."

Texas Tech coach James Dickey

"We never gave up. What about Rayford Young? The game was on the line and he came through. I was glad we kept our composure. We kept fighting back, even when we were down. I felt good about our effort. Even at the Texas game. What we want to do is look forward to Colorado and go on the road at Oklahoma State. As far as the tournament, our guys know it is a one-game shot and we will be ready to play. I was so happy for Rayford. He was the Big 12 Player of the Week and he comes in here tonight and makes the deciding plays."

Nebraska Coach Danny Nee

"It was a real tough game. It was a great basketball game. I was real proud of the players and the way they came back. We did every thing we could be win the game. I thought we did well to come back in the second half. We dug ourselves a hole and kept coming back and coming back. Rayford Young is a great player and he really came through tonight, making great play after great play."

Game Notes

* James Ware's 10 field goal attempts and nine rebounds were both career highs.

* Rayford Young surpassed 20 points in a game for the second time in three games. He has averaged just over 25 points per game over the last three games. His 17 field goal attempts tied his season-high (set against Kansas).

* Andy Ellis did not score in double figures for the first time in six games.

* Texas Tech's all-time men's basketball team, as voted by fans throughout the season, was announced at halftime. The team members were Dub Malaise, Will Flemons, Darvin Ham, Bubba Jennings and Rick Bullock. There was a reunion of ex-lettermen at the game, including 11 members of the first team to play in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum during the 1956-57 season.

* The Huskers used a different starting lineup for the first time in 17 games. NU had gone with a starting lineup of Joe Holmes, Cookie Belcher, Venson Hamilton, Andy Markowski, and Larry Florence for 16 straight games, but Chad Johnson replaced Holmes in the lineup tonight.

* Nebraska has now hit less 3-pointers than its opponent in each of the last 11 games. Tonight NU hit one compared to Tech's 9. Oklahoma State had eight to NU's one on Wednesday night.

* Cookie Belcher seta new career high and tied NU's school record with 8 steals tonight. Belcher is now 8 steals from Erick Stricland's single-season school record of 89 steals and 14 steals away from Strickland's career record of 257.

* Belcher scored 12 points tonight and is now just 32 points from becoming the 21st Husker with 1,000 career points. Belcher would become just the eighth Husker to reach 1,000 points before their senior year.

* Venson Hamilton moved from 11th to ninth place on the NU career scoring list wit his 24 points tonight. Hamilton now has 1,320 career points.

* Hamilton scored in double figures for the 16th straight game and the 23rd time this year. Hamilton has scored 20 or more points in five of the last eight games.

* Hamilton recorded his Big 12 leading 15th double-double and his 11th in Big 12 play.

* Hamilton has had 16 games with three or more blocked shots this season with his four tonight. He now has 67 blocks this season, tied for fourth on the single-season chart and228 in his career, eight from Mikki Moore's school record.

* Cary Cochran tied his career high with five rebounds.




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