Dec. 6, 1997

Texas Tech Downs Southwestern Louisiana for Second Straight Win

Cory Carr
Cory Carr poured in 39 points to lead the Red Raiders. (File Photo)

LUBBOCK, Texas - Fueled by a career-high 39 points from senior guard Cory Carr and 27 points from freshman point guard Rayford Young, the Texas Tech men's basketball team defeated Southwestern Louisiana 106-97 Friday at Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum. The win for the Red Raiders marked Texas Tech's second consecutive victory on the young season. Texas Tech improves to 2-3 on the season while Southwestern Louisiana falls to 2-4.

"I'm really happy that we won the game," Texas Tech coach James Dickey said. "I thought we had a chance early to take them out of the game, but they really competed and fought back. We also got outrebounded by them and there's no way they should outrebound us."

Carr canned 11 of 16 field goals including 3-4 three pointers and 14-16 free throws for his career-high 39 points. Carr scored eight straight points to keep Texas Tech in the game late in the second half, then nailed four straight free throws to give the Red Raiders a 79-76 lead with 6:28 to go. Tech never trailed after his free throws.

Young hit 6-10 field goals and 15-18 free throws for his 27 points. Forward Cliff Owns added 18 points, guard Stan Bonewitz finished with 11 points and guard Archie Myers contributed 10.

Southwestern Louisiana was led by Tyrone Foster who scored 25 points. He was one of five Rajin' Cajuns in double figures including Casey Green's 18 points, Chris Snowden's 11, Brett Smith's 11 and Shea Whiting's 10.

Texas Tech next plays at Southwest Missouri State on December 9 at 7:05 p.m.

Postgame Notes

  • Johnny Phillips blocked his first shot in the first half.
  • Phillips has been Tech's first sub the past three games.
  • Cory Carr has been in double digits 26 consecutive games.
  • Tech trailed at the half for the third time in five games.
  • Cliff Owens scored a career-high 18 points.
  • Carr has scored 20 or more points four times in the five games ... he has also been at 20 or better in 13 of his last 15 games.
  • Carr scored a career-high 39 points ... he scored 30 or more for the fifth time in his career.
  • Rayford Young scored a career-high 27 points. Young had 25 at SMU.
  • Tech scored 100 points for the first time this year ... Tech last scored 100 last season against New Mexico in a 122-105 loss.
  • Tech made 40 free throws for the first time since making 41 in 1956 against Arizona.
  • Tech's 53 free-throw attempts were the second-most in school history. The record is 58, against Houston in 1994.

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