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Nov. 25, 1997

TCU Spoils Texas Tech's Home Opener, 107-76

LUBBOCK, Texas -Red Raider basketball fans felt the loss of All-Big 12 center Tony Battie in a big way Tuesday night as the TCU Horned Frogs exposed Techis inexperience at the post position and defeated the Raiders 107-76 in their home opener at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

The loss was the worst for a Texas Tech squad since the 1987-88 season when the Raiders fell 91-49 to Baylor and equals the worst home loss for a Tech team since the 1931-32 season.

"TCU is a good team and they're going to win a bunch of games," Dickey said. "But it's an embarrassment to get caught in this situation. In the first half we just did not compete and that has to do with coaching. I want to apologize to Red Raiders everywhere."

TCU shot an impressive .667 from the field in the first half as they established a 57-33 lead at intermission. Forwards Malcolm Johnson and Lee Nailon combined for 39 points in the first half by filling the basket from point blank range. Johnson finished with a game high 33 points while Nailon scored 28 and pulled down 18 rebounds.

Cory Carr scored 24 to lead Texas Tech and Cliff Owens and Stan Bonewitz added 15 and 13 respectively. Despite an offensive flurry by Carr and Company early in the second half during which Tech scored 20 points in six minutes of play, the Raiders could not establish enough momentum to get within striking distance of TCU.

The Horned Frogs kept Tech at bay by cleaning up on the boards as they out rebounded Tech 49-25 in the game. "Definitely TCU was a better team," Carr said. "They beat us in all areas. You always want to try to protect your home court. Tonight, it looked like TCU's home court."

Texas Tech (0-2) goes on the road again on Saturday to face Old Dominion in Norfolk Virginia.

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