Men's Basketball Wins Season Opener
November 20, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas-San Antonio didn't get blown out Thursday night at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, they battled to within eight points with 1:50 to go in the game, but Texas Tech did enough to stiff arm the Roadrunners and win its season opener 87-78.
"I think we played hard,' junior forward Cliff Owens said. "We made a few too many mistakes toward the end, but we held them off and I think that says a lot about how hard we played."
Owens led the Red Raiders with 23 points and tied Devin Brown of UTSA for the game high scoring mark. Rayford Young was second for Tech in scoring with 19 points and Stan Bonewitz had 13 point on a perfect five-for-five shooting performance.
Johnny Phillips and Brodney Kennard combined for 22 points and nine rebounds. Neither of the Raider centers topped 18 minutes of play in the game.
Texas Tech led by as many as 17 points in the game. The fact that the Raiders won by only nine points was an area of concern for Tech Coach James Dickey.
"We didn't put the killer punch on them," Dickey said. "When you have a team down by 16, 17 points, you've got to bury them.
"All I wanted to do was win. Certainly, I would've liked to look better."
The Red Raiders go on the road this weekend to face North Texas on Saturday. The team's next home game is Wednesday, Nov. 26, against New Mexico State.