Postgame Notes: Texas Tech 84, Jackson State 75

Jaye Crockett came off the bench to spark the Red Raiders to an 84-75 win over Jackson State.

November 26, 2012

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Attendance: 7,404

Today’s Starters: Josh Gray, Trency Jackson, Jamal Williams, Jr., Dejan Kravic and Jordan Tolbert. This was the third straight game the Red Raiders used this starting lineup. It was Jordan Tolbert’s 33rd career start, while Gray, Williams and Kravic were each making their fourth career start and Jackson his third.

With Texas Tech’s 84 points against Jackson State, they became the first Red Raider team in the 88-year history of the program to score at least 84 points in each of the first four games of the season. The Red Raiders are averaging 88.8 points per game.

Freshman Josh Gray tied the Texas Tech record for steals in a game with seven against Jackson State, which was accomplished twice by Ronald Ross, with the last time coming against UTEP in 2004. Gray has recorded 16 steals through four games and his 4.0 steals per game average leads the Big 12 Conference.

Josh Gray also became the first freshman since 1972 to score in double figures in his first four collegiate games, joining Red Raider legend Rick Bullock, who did it five straight times to open his career as a Red Raider. Gray is averaging 12.0 points, 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game this season.

Junior Jaye Crockett has become the true sixth man for the Red Raiders, as the Clovis, N.M., native came off the bench to notch his second career 20-point effort to go along with eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Crockett has now scored in 17 consecutive games and scored in double figures in 22 career games. What is more remarkable is that he has played in 66 career games, but has only started six times. For the season, Crockett leads the team in points (16.0) and rebounds (9.0).

Junior Dejan Kravic, the Serbian by way of Canada, had another big night, as he notched 16 points, eight boards and five blocks. The 6-11 redshirt junior recorded his second five-block performance of the season, while also recording his second double-digit scoring effort. He has also pulled down at least six rebounds in three of four games this season. Kravic is second on the team in points (13.5) and third in rebounding (6.0).

Sophomore Jordan Tolbert knows how to fill out a stat sheet. The Fort Worth native extended his consecutive game scoring streak to 35 on Monday, after picking up six points, eight rebounds, an assist, a block and two steals. The 6-7 forward now has seven steals in four games to go along with four blocks and three assists. He is averaging 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds a night.

Texas Tech trailed at the half for the first time this season. Jackson State led 33-30 at the break and had its largest lead, 11-1, with 16:03 to play in the first half.

The Red Raiders shot better than 70 percent from the line for the fourth straight game. Texas Tech connected on 17 of 22 (77.3 percent). For the season, Texas Tech is 71 of 94 (75.5 percent).

Texas Tech struggled mightily from 3-point range, connecting on just 3 of 21 (14.3 percent).




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