Postgame Notes: Texas Tech 70, Florida A&M 56
Josh Gray had 10 points, four assists and four steals against Florida A&M.
December 31, 2012
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Starters versus Florida A&M: Trency Jackson, Dusty Hannahs, Josh Gray, Dejan Kravic and Jordan Tolbert. This is the second consecutive game that the Red Raiders have used this lineup. It is the fourth different lineup used in 11 games. It was Tolbert's 40th career start, while Gray made his 11th start, Kravic his 10th and Jackson his ninth. Hannahs started for the third consecutive game.
After Jaye Crockett led the team in scoring for nine consecutive games, two different Red Raiders have led Texas Tech in scoring in each of the last two games - Dejan Kravic (22, North Carolina A&T) and Trency Jackson and Josh Gray (10, Florida A&M).
Jordan Tolbert just missed a double-double against Florida A&M, as he finished with nine points and 10 rebounds. He was 3 of 7 from the field and 3 of 4 from the line, while collecting one offensive and nine defensive rebounds. He also added a pair of blocks. His 10 rebounds are the most this season for the sophomore. The last time Tolbert had 10 rebounds in a game came at Oklahoma on Jan. 17, 2012, when he pulled down 10 rebounds.
Dejan Kravic tied his career best for rebounds in a game against Florida A&M, as the 6-11 Serbian native pulled down eight rebounds in 14 minutes of work. He also had eight point and two blocks, but was limited by foul trouble.
Trency Jackson tied for the team high with 10 points against Florida A&M, finishing the night with 3 of 6 from the field, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range and 3 of 4 from the line. He also added a rebound and two steals in his first career 30-minute game.
Josh Gray recorded his eighth career double-digit scoring effort in just 11 career games. He added four assists, four steals, two rebounds and a block in 20 minutes. He is averaging 10.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game for the Red Raiders.
Dusty Hannahs has provided an offensive spark of late. Against Florida A&M, he chipped in eight points on 2 of 5 shooting and 2 of 2 from the line. Over the last three games, Hannahs has averages 12.7 points and coverted 9 of 19 3-pointers (47.4 percent).
Kader Tapsoba came off the bench for an added spark against Florida A&M, notching eight points, three rebounds and three blocks in 12 minutes. His eight points were a career best for the 6-10 redshirt junior. His three blocks ties his personal best set against Arizona on Dec. 1.
Texas Tech had its best free throw shooting performance of the season, as the Red Raiders connected on 27 of 32 from the line (84.4 percent). It is the highest shooting percentage for the Red Raiders since converting 16 of 18 (88.9 percent) at Oklahoma State on Jan. 4, 2012. A total of 30 games have been played between the two performances.
Texas Tech out-rebounded its opponent for the seventh time in 11 games, as the Red Raiders pulled down 44 boards to the Rattlers' 39. It is the fifth time this season that Texas Tech has recorded at least 40 rebounds in a game this season.
For the ninth time this season, the Red Raiders reached 70 points in a game. Last season, Texas Tech only scored 70 points in a game four times. The 2011-12 Red Raiders finished with a season scoring average of 59.5 points per game, while this year's squad is averaging 76.5 points per game.
For the sixth time this season, Texas Tech eclipsed 10 steals in a game. The Red Raiders had 12 takeaways against Florida A&M. Texas Tech currently ranks first in the Big 12 and 15th nationally in steals.