Texas Tech Falls to No. 2 Arizona, 79-58|
Randy Onwuasor breaks away for a layup against Arizona on Tuesday.
December 3, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - One thing Texas Tech coach Tubby Smithhad hammered home to his team was to hit the boards hard against Arizona.
"That's something Coach always tells us in practice which is to rebound, rebound, box out, rebound. We should have done better, so we have to keep practicing in order to get better," Tech's Aaron Rosssaid.
Freshman Aaron Gordon scored 19 points and Nick Johnson and Brandon Ashley added 18 each for the Wildcats who were playing for the first time since winning the NIT Season Tip-off.
The Wildcats (8-0) scored the first 10 points of the game and led by 10 points after a sloppy first half.
Ross said the experience will benefit the Red Raiders greatly as conference play begins.
"It will have a great impact because we have now played against one of the best," he said. "In the Big 12, there are a couple of top 10 teams. We just played against the No. 2 team and now we know what is going to come up so we won't be surprised by it when it does."
Arizona moved up two spots to second in the poll this week after the win over Duke at Madison Square Garden last Friday. The Wildcats took eight hours to get home, having to make two refueling stops on the way, and Arizona coach Sean Miller was a bit concerned about how his team would come out Tuesday.
Texas Tech, in its first season under Smith, never got closer than 15 points after that.
"They play hard and they made shots tonight," he said of the Wildcats. "You get that type of outside shooting along with a guy like Aaron who is just a tough matchup for anybody. They are very talented, the best team we have played so far. I thought Pittsburgh was pretty good but this is a tough place to play."
The Red Raiders don't play again until Dec. 15, when they are home against Central Arkansas.