Jan. 28, 1998
Texas Tech Uses 14-0 Run to Beat Missouri
LUBBOCK, Texas-Texas Tech started Wednesday night's game versus Missouri by scoring 14 unanswered points and Raider guard Rayford Young shot down the Tigers' comeback hopes in the second half as Tech cruised 80-60.
Missouri cut the Red Raiders' lead to 12 points with 14:43 to go in the second half, but Young hit three point baskets on three consecutive possessions to offset back-to-back three pointers by Missouri and reestablish a 15 point lead. Youngis offensive efforts were good for a game high 27 points.
"I was in a zone I guess," Young said. "It was a team effort all the way through. Our big guys set good screens for me and Cory and Stan found me right in the nick of time. On the last three I just threw them up and they just hit all net."
Defensive intensity was the key for Tech early on in the game. Missouri missed its first seven shots from the field while Tech seemed to grab every rebound and the Tigers didnit score until the 15:05 mark of the first half.
Hot shooting by Stan Bonewitz and Cory Carr for Tech in the first half led the way for the Raiders in the first half. Bonewitz made a trio of three pointers and a three point play in the first half to score all of his 12 points in the game during the first 20 minutes. Carr scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half.
"I think the defense is what kind of paced us as the start of the game," Carr said. "We got out and defended, got in the passing lanes, didn't give them second shots and really opened up a comfortable lead."
Texas Tech coach James Dickey says he is now concerned about getting his team ready to go to Waco on Sunday to play Baylor.
"We need to get on a roll," Dickey said. "We need to put this game behind us and start thinking about Baylor tomorrow."