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February 24, 1999

Texas Tech vs. Colorado Men's Basketball

Wednesday, February 24, 1999 * Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech Center Andy Ellis

"We are not that deep in the big guy position. And, when we lose a guy like Cliff (Owens), it hurts. Anytime a player like Cliff goes down, it is going to hurt your team. I was pressing a little big early and missing some easy shots. Then, I relaxed and make those shots. We can't seem to keep our momentum hot right now. We are going to have to figure out how to do it before the Big 12 (Tournament)."

Texas Tech Forward Jayson Mitchell

"I think we are still pretty confident right now. We just have to bounce back. We have to get the attitude that we are a rebel team that can come back and play like we did last weekend (against Nebraska). On Saturday, we will have to attack Oklahoma State's defense and get some good shots if we want to be successful. It is disappointing that we lost tonight, being our last game. But we will have to move on and try to finish out the year with a win."

Texas Tech coach James Dickey

"Colorado really played a good game. Ricardo really did a nice job. I'd like to apologize to our crowd. Closing the Coliseum and we didn't play that well. Kenny Price really hit some big shots. He was a dagger in the heart to us. Their press didn't bother us as much as our inability to attack it. The team has got to step up bigger than we did tonight. Andy Ellis is an outstanding freshman, a great player. He should be on the all-freshman team. But, he doesn't deserve to be the freshman of the year. That should go to a team that was elevated by that player. That just hasn't happened for us. People have to step up, especially when you have upperclassmen guards.

Colorado Coach Ricardo Patton

"The guys came in with focus today. We played a physical game. I thought if we could neutralize Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young we would have a good chance to win. We did a good job defending those two shooters on the perimeter. If we have a choice, we'd rather give up two's rather than three's. Bonewitz has unbelievable range. Kenny Price really played well tonight. We tried to give him a rest but we didn't have anybody else who could guard the perimeter. We were forced to play with the guys we had on the floor. Defense won the game for us tonight. Anybody who has watched us play this year can see that this team is capable of playing as a team. We have worked on it all year and we remain a team. I didn't think that we could come down and beat them in a half-court game. Texas Tech is a great half court team. I didn't want to get into that battle. We played an aggressive style tonight. That is the only way we know how to play."

Game Notes

* Andy Ellis' 22 points was a career-high;

* Ellis' eight field goals and 17 field goal attempts were also both career-highs;

* Kenny Price's 11 three-point attempts was the most for a Texas Tech opponent this season;

* Stan Bonewitz connected on three three-point field goals in the game, giving him 236 in his career. That total is one short of Koy Smith's 237 for second on the Texas Tech career list;

* Cliff Owens suffered a second-to-third degree left ankle sprain in the first half. He is doubtful for Saturday's game at Oklahoma State. His status will be re-evaluated prior to the Big 12 Tournament;

* The Colorado game marked the final Texas Tech men's basketball game in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The Red Raiders will move into the $51.7 million, 15,000-seat United Spirit Arena next fall.

* Texas Tech recognized five of its former athletic directors at halftime. Honored were Polk Robison, Bev King (the wife of the late J T King). John Conley and Gerald Myers.

 

 

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