Texas Tech Defeats SMU, 91-80
December 3, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Rayford Young hit nine of 10 free throws down the stretch Thursday night as Texas Tech held off visiting SMU 91-80 to move to 4-1 on the season.
Young finished with a game high 28 points.
"Coach (James Dickey) always wants the ball in my hands or Stan's (Bonewitz) hands at the end of the game because we've been there," Young said. "I felt comfortable at the line tonight."
Red Raider forward Mario Layne had what Dickey called a "break-out night." Layne scored 15 points and had five assists offensively while guarding SMU guard Jeryl Sasser on the defensive end. Sasser, the younger brother of former Red Raider standout Jason Sasser, scored 23 points in the game on eight of 28 shooting from the field.
"I had to fight fire with fire," Layne said. "Sasser is tough player. He's the hardest player (to guard) I've played against."
Cliff Owens scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds before fouling out with 4:23 left in the game. Andy Ellis replaced Owens and hit a key bucket, giving Texas Tech a 76-66 lead with 2:40 left to play.
Bonewitz and Young were a combined 10 for 10 from the line in the final minute of the game. Bonewitz scored 10 points to go along with nine assists and eight rebounds.
Chad Elsey was seven of 10 from three-point range and scored 27 points for the Mustangs.
Texas Tech Notes & Quotes vs. SMU Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998
Texas Tech's 14 turnovers vs. SMU was a season-low... Texas Tech has shot .600 or better in four of five games this season. All four were wins... Rayford Young's 28 points tied a career-high set at Nevada last season... Stanley Bonewitz's five three-pointers and 10 three-point attempts were both season-highs... Texas Tech's 91 points was a season-high... Mario Layne's 15 points was a career-high.
Texas Tech vs. SMU Post-Game Quotes
Mario Layne "I think I asserted myself more tonight. You have to fight fire with fire. Sasser is a great player and you have to go after him. He was the hardest player I have played up to this point. Even though he got 23, I think I forced him to take some bad shots. This is a good win for us morally because we got things done but still have plenty to work on. Coming of a loss at USL, this was a good win."
"At the end of games, I am comfortable shooting the ball because I know I have to. At times we were doing things right and then we would be slow moving the ball around. I think this game and our game against New Mexico State are our best two games so far. During pre-game, I had a good feeling because all the guys had their game faces on.
Head Coach James Dickey
"I am really proud with the way our guys responded. We had a double-digit lead in the first and second half and we responded to everything they threw at us. I am disappointed with our offensive rebounds. We didn't get many second chances. I thought this was a breakout offensive game for Mario Layne and I thought he did a good job on Jeryl Sasser. I was disappointed with our play against Elsey but he earned those shots. We have got to be a better rebounding team. We also need to work on our free throw shooting. Down the stretch, we knew they were going to press and foul. We want the ball in the right hands, Rayford and Stan.
SMU Head Coach Mike Dement
"Texas Tech really shot the ball well tonight. Anytime you don't respond to a team who is shooting 60%, you aren't going to win. I thought our free throw percentage hurt us more than anything. Rayford broke our back with a jumper or a free throw every time we came back. I felt really good at the half-we were in good shape-down by 2."
"It was a rough shooting night. Unfortunately the ball wasn't going in. Their fans really got after us but you just have to put your focus on the court."
"The guys were able to get some great picks and I was able to knock down some big shots. I have to credit the team.