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Dec. 13, 1997

Texas Tech Cruises Past Prairie View A&M

Texas Tech scored 30 points in the first 10 minutes of Saturday night's game against Prairie View A&M as they quickly left the Panthers behind and cruised, 86-63, to their fourth straight win. Cory Carr and Cliff Owens each scored 14 points to lead six Red Raiders who put up double figures on the night. But it was freshman Johnny Phillips who grabbed the attention of Tech fans Saturday night. Phillips had career highs in points and rebounds, scoring 11 and pulling down 9 boards.

Ross Carmichael and Archie Myers also had career highs in multiple categories. Carmichael had personal bests in points with 10 and rebounds with nine, while Myers had 12 points and 5 assists, both career highs.

Guard Rayford Young also scored in double figures for the Red Raiders while back court mate Stan Bonewitz scored nine and had a career high 11 rebounds.

Following the game Tech Coach James Dickey said he felt fortunate that his team was able to pick up the victory despite the fact that the players are currently in the middle of taking final exams.

"It's always tough to play at this particular time, so I'm glad that we won. " Dickey said. "I'm disappointed in our record, but I'm excited about what's happened in the last four games. We're having some people improving."

Tech will finish final exams on Wednesday and return to action next Saturday when they play New Mexico in Albuquerque. The Red Raiders look forward to the expected return of Damon Roberts.

"We're excited about getting Damon back," Dickey said. "We're not going to change the starting lineup, but I won't hesitate to put him in the game."

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