Postgame Notes: Alabama 66, Texas Tech 62
Jaye Crockett tied a career high with 22 points against Alabama on Wednesday night.
December 19, 2012
Today's starting lineup: Josh Gray, Trency Jackson, Jamal Williams, Jr., Jordan Tolbert and Dejan Kravic. It was Tolbert's 37th career start, while Gray, Williams and Kravic were making their eight start and Jackson his seventh.
Junior Jaye Crockett recorded his fourth double-double of the season with a career-best 22 points and 11 rebounds. It is the second time this year that the Clovis, N.M. native has recorded back-to-back double-doubles after notching 17 points and 10 boards against McNeese State on Sunday. Overall, it was his seventh career double-double. Crockett tied his career high for field goals with nine and set a personal best with 16 shot attempts. He also notched his third straight 30-minute game of the season and 17th of his career, despite coming off the bench.
Junior Jaye Crockett has now led the Red Raiders in scoring and rebounding for seven consecutive games. The last player to lead the team in scoring for seven consecutive games was Jarrius Jackson, who did it from Feb. 18, 2006 to March 10, 2006. Crockett is the first player in the Big 12 era for Texas Tech to lead the team in both categories for seven consecutive games. Will Flemons did it for five consecutive games from Jan. 11, 1991 to Jan. 25, 1991.
With his performance against Alabama, Crockett solidified his spot as the top Sixth Man in the nation among the Big Six conferences. Crockett's 22 points and 11 rebounds give him a season average of 16.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. His 8.9 rebounds per game is the highest rebounding average since Tony Battie averaged 11.8 boards per game during the 1996-97 season. His 16.4 points per game is the highest average for a Red Raider since Jarrius Jackson averaged 19.9 points per game during the 2006-07 season.
Sophomore Jordan Tolbert has now scored in 39 consecutive games, which is every game he has ever played in. He has also started in 37 of those games. Tolbert finished the night with 12 points, which was his third double-digit performance of the season and the 19th of his career. He also had three rebounds, two assists and two blocks on the night.
Freshman Josh Gray's run at trying to tie Rick Bullock's record of scoring in double digits in nine of his first 10 games came to an end against Alabama, as the Lake Charles, La., native finished the night with nine points. Gray has scored in double figures in six of eight games this season. Gray continued his streak of recording at least one steal in every game this season. He has 22 steals in eight games.
After struggling from the free throw line for three straight games, Texas Tech returned to form against Alabama, connecting on 15 of 21 for 71.4 percent. The previous three games, the Red Raiders were 51.5 percent from the line over the previous three games.
Texas Tech has been mired in a drought from beyond the arc of late. Texas Tech was 3 of 18 from deep for the second straight game. The Red Raiders went 35 minutes against Alabama between their first made 3-pointer and their second make of the night.
After being outrebounded 18-12 in the first half, Texas Tech held its own in the second half, as the Red Raiders out-boarded the Tide, 16-15. Alabama won the battle of the boards, 33-28. It is the fourth time in five games that the Red Raiders have been outrebounded of late.