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Daylen Robison had nine points, four assists, three rebounds and two assists on Tuesday.

December 4, 2012

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Texas Tech Head Coach Chris Walker
Opening Statement
“I thought it was a good win after an emotional loss against Arizona, and also playing three games in eight days with the way we play we were probably a little tired but I will say this one thing I’m proud about our guys is we shot 58 percent from the field and 42 percent from the three, I think they were the highest totals all year long and they did what we asked them to do. The number one thing we worked on was execution and our half-court offense, this game was not about Northern Kentucky and it was strictly about us executing and doing what the coaches said to do. They came out and surprise us, I think they came out and have shot I thing 30 percent for the year from the three and they made 10 three’s. That was the best game they played all year and if we’d have made our free throws, we were 13-for-27 which is unacceptable and if we’d have made our free throws it’s a different game, and we just got a little casual when we were up by 20, and that’s just a young team that doesn’t understand how to play with a lead, and there are just certain things that we’ve got to continue to work on to get ready for Big 12. Everything we do right now is preparing for Big 12 play, we are going to win many different ways, and you’re going to many different styles, and I give the guys kudos for trying to punch the ball inside and take their time and make a lot of passes and our shot selection was much better, we just have to cut down our turnovers and again that’s just a young team not realizing how fast to go and when to pump the breaks. For the most part I’m happy with our with our guys’ effort and after six games if someone would have told me we’d be 5 and 1 I’d be glowing.”

On the efficiency of the Tech guards
“We’ve seen them play fast and we’ve seen them play a little out of control and at time tonight they had some of that stuff going on. It’s just young guards playing at this level and it’s trial by error they have to learn what they cannot do. I want them to push themselves to the max because we can always bring them down a little bit but I want to make sure I’m getting their maximum effort and I think those guys followed the game plan to a T and they don’t make a couple of turnover and their free throws then I think they play a perfect game. It was good and we were happy with their play and like I tell them, I want you to be successful so if I tell you to do a certain thing it’s to make you successful not to take away from your game. It’s just making those guys understand that and I thought we should have had a couple of more points and we probably could’ve had 80 or 90 points, and we only had eight fast-break points.”

On if it’s good to see a game where Tech shoots so well
“Absolutely. It just shows you this team can win many different ways and we’ve got to get solid on defense and again like last game Arizona had a half where they made six three’s, if we ever get to where we can make six three’s in a half and we are running on all cylinders we are going to be a tough team to beat. These guys haven’t shot the ball very well and then come out the first half and make seven three’s it caught us off guard we were like whoa these guys aren’t supposed to be able to shoot and they are making them, but yet our guys stayed with them and stayed with the game plan and didn’t become erratic, we just got a little casual on defense when we had that 20 point lead and going forward that’s just something we have to work on and when you have a team down like that you have to push the throttle and beat them.”

Freshman Josh Gray
On getting back on the court after the tough loss to Arizona
“It felt great, coming out one more time before the break and playing our hearts out, it felt real good.”

On how they like playing together and if there is confusion on their roles
“There really isn’t, I think in the back court we play great together and it’s great for the team. So by me starting and him coming off the bench it doesn’t really mean we play the same we just look at it as we are trying to win.”
On struggling with free throws tonight

“Yeah, that’s just something we have to work on, in practice we kind of slacked off a little bit so Coach Walker said that’s something we will have to work on in practice tomorrow.”

Junior Daylen Robinson
On after six games how he’s adapted to this level
“I just want to be a solid player and help the team, whatever coach asks me to do I just try and go out and do it to the best of my abilities and I think my role is just being there for the team and accepting whatever coach throws at me.”

On some of the lob passes being missed
“Everybody was just hungry, Jaye Crockett and Trency Jackson they were just hungry so it will be like that sometimes.”

On their half-court offense tonight
“We were trying to be more efficient and basically feed it to our big men and play inside out this game because we knew the team would play packed in and so we just tried to get it to our big men and spot up and hit shots when we needed to.”

Northern Kentucky Head Coach Dave Bezold
On playing Texas Tech

“I just want to start out by thanking Texas Tech for giving us an opportunity to be here. I can’t explain how valuable it is for the growth of not only our players but our program that’s starting out in Division I to have opportunities like this to come to a great institution and play in a an incredible arena and against a tremendous team.”






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