Texas Tech Captures 76-64 Win Over Houston
Jaye Crockett recorded his 12th career double-double against the Houston Cougars.
November 26, 2013
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (AP) - When it was over, Tubby Smith was equal parts advocate and critic.
Such is the mindset of a coach.
"There are some things that we have learned and have to clean up," Smith said after his Texas Tech Red Raiders beat Houston 76-64 in the consolation game of the Progressive Legends Classic Tuesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
"We need to execute the basic fundamentals," Smith said. "We were trying to do too much and we tried to simplify things for our players. We just gave them two or three offenses we needed to run and I thought we executed them pretty well. I think we need to tweak some of the things we have in our arsenal."
"It gives us confidence ending with a win like this," Crockett said. "It was a good win and that was a good Houston team we played tonight. Knowing that we can beat a competitor like that gives us confidence going into the rest of the season."
TaShawn Thomas led Houston (5-2) with 18 points. L.J. Rose added had 11.
"I don't think we got in rhythm," Houston head coach James Dickey said. "Overall we went too much one-on-one. (We) have to execute better and share the basketball."
Houston finished the game shooting just 35.3 percent from the field, and only had 13 assists on 24 baskets.
"We settled for too many jump shots," Dickey said. "Our guards didn't shoot the ball very well at all."
Texas Tech never trailed, and led as much as 19. At the half, the Red Raiders enjoyed a 46-31 advantage. Their cause was aided by the Cougars' sloppiness with the ball. Houston committed seven turnovers in the first half that the Red Raiders turned into 12 points.
"They just took us out behind the woodshed and gave us a good whipping in the first half," Dickey said. "You have to be ready to play from the get-go. I thought Tech had great enthusiasm."
Along with turning the ball over, Houston struggled defensively and on the boards. Texas Tech shot 51.9 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Cougars 46-26.
"We really struggled on the defensive end," Dickey said. "I thought they played hard, they executed, rebounded and we didn't do well."
Houston cut the deficit to 53-48 with 12:05 left in the second half following J.J. Richardson's tip in. That was as close as the Cougars got. Following Richardson's hoop, Houston went 5:22 without making a shot from the field. In that stretch, Texas Tech went on a 10-2 run to stretch its lead to 63-53. The Cougars only points were two free throws by LeRon Barnes. Danuel House ended the cold spell by making a corner three.
"We cut the lead to five in the second half and had three empty possessions, which you can't do," Dickey said. "You have to get a stop, come down and put some pressure on them. And we didn't do that.
"I thought we played better in the second half," Dickey said. "I thought we had some guys do some good things."
But from that point, the teams traded baskets for the remainder of the game.
Texas Tech has beaten Houston nine straight times. The teams are 27-27 in 54 games all-time.
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