Red Raiders Say Goodbye to Lubbock Municipal Coliseum|
February 24, 1999
LUBBOCK, Tx - The Texas Tech Red Raiders closed out 43 years of basketball at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum in front of an announced crowd of 8,023 Wednesday night.
Texas Tech lost the first ever game in the Coliseum in a hard fought battle with Kansas State 90-84 on Dec. 3, 1956, and unfortunately for the Red Raiders, the Coliseum ended its stint in similar fashion as Tech fell to Colorado 78-68.
Texas Tech led 31-29 at halftime, but had to play without forwards Cliff Owens and Mario Layne, both of whom suffered ankle injuries in the first half, for the final 20 minutes. Compounding the Raiders' woes was the fact that forwards Andy Ellis and Brodney Kennard each picked up his third personal foul early in the second half.
After falling behind by as many as 11 in the final 10 minutes, the Red Raiders climbed within six points of the lead on two occasions in the last 5:17. But Texas Tech was kept at a distance by the long-range shooting of Colorado's Kenny Price, who scored a game-high 29 points and made four three-pointers in the second half.
Andy Ellis led the Red Raiders, scoring a career-high 22 points in the absence of Cliff Owens, who played only three minutes. Rayford Young was the only other Raider in double-figures with 16 points.
In his final home game for Texas Tech, Stan Bonewitz was held to nine points on three-of-five three point shooting.
Playing with a limited presence in the front court, Texas Tech couldn't muster the intensity that boosted them to wins over Kansas and Nebraska in their previous two home games.
Texas Tech concludes the regular season on Saturday at Oklahoma State and then heads to the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, March 4-7.