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January 3, 1998

Texas Tech Defeats Iowa State, 66-55

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech (7-4, 1-0) used another strong second-half performance to beat Iowa State (7-7, 0-1) for the first time in five tries, 66-55, in the Big 12 Conference opener for both squads.

Cory Carr scored 14 of his team-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Red Raiders to their first-ever win over the Cyclones. Texas Tech has won seven of its last eight after an 0-3 start to the 1997-98 campaign. Talented freshman Marcus Fizer led all scorers with 26 points for Iowa State, which dropped its sixth game in the last nine contests.

Ross Carmichael scored a career-high 11 points. Rayford Young also had 11 points, while Stan Bonewitz grabbed a career-high tying 11 rebounds.

Tech led only by three, 27-24, at intermission. Tech shot 37 percent overall, 33.3 from the three-point arc in the first half. Tech built an eight-point lead with 4:19 left in the first half, but was outscored 7-2 over the final 4:09.

In the second half, Tech raced out to an 11-point lead, thanks to back-to-back threes from Bonewitz and Carr. However, the Red Raiders went almost seven minutes without scoring as Iowa State outscored Texas Tech 11-0 to tie the score at 37-all with 12:00 to play.

In a see-saw affair that featured six second-half ties, Carr and Bonewitz hit back-to-back three-pointers to put Texas Tech up for good with less than five minutes remaining. Klay Edwards cut it to 54-50 with 3:55 left, but Texas Tech reeled off a 10-3 run to seal the victory. Young extended his consecutive free throw shooting streak to 24 with four key charity shots down the stretch.

Saturday, Texas Tech tangles with undefeated Oklahoma State in Stillwater on ESPN. Iowa State hosts Missouri next Saturday.

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