Jan. 17, 1998
Raiders Fall to Longhorns
Vasquez Plays Exceptional Defense against Cory Carr
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Nnadubem Muoneke's 16 points and Chico Vazquez's tight defense on Big 12 leading scorer Cory Carr helped Texas overcome a shaky first half and beat Texas Tech, 88-79, Saturday.
Muoneke also grabbed nine rebounds to help Texas (7-9, 1-4) to its first Big 12 Conference win of the season, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Carr, who had been averaging 24 points per game, connected on just six of his 18 shots from the field as Tech (7-7, 1-3) suffered its third conference loss of the year.
The Red Raiders hung with Texas early and gained its biggest lead at 22-15 with 11:20 left in the first half, highlighted by Rayord Young's six early points and four assists.
But the Longhorns answered with a 23-12 run to take a 38-34 lead at the half. Luke Axtell had two 3-pointers and another basket during that stretch, while Vazquez's stingy defense on Carr not only suppressed the Tech offense but ignited a few easy Texas baskets.
Tech tied the game, 58-58, early in the second half on Carr's desperation 25-foot three-point goal.
But Texas reeled off 14 unanswered points to take a 78-52 lead, highlighted by two Muoneke buckets, including a breakaway jam after stealing the ball at half court from Young.
Axtell scored 17 points and Chris Mihm added 15 for Texas. Texas' leading scorer, Kris Clack, played in his first game in two weeks after twisting his left knee and scored 9 points.
Cliff Owens grabbed a career-high 22 points and 18 rebounds for Tech.