Raider Men to Face A&M
1998-99 TEXAS TECH ROSTER Tentative Starters No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl-Ex. Hometown (High School/Transfer) GP/GS PPG RPG APG 13 Cliff Owens F 6-8 235 Jr.-2L Santa Fe, Texas (Santa Fe) 16/16 13.5 8.4 1.1 14 Mario Layne F 6-6 180 Jr.-Tr Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados (South Plains College) 16/16 7.3 3.9 1.9 25 Johnny Phillips C 6-9 250 So.-1L Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest) 16/16 7.0 3.3 0.3 11 Jevon Banks G 5-10 150 So.-Tr Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley/Midland College) 15/7 4.5 1.6 1.9 15 Stan Bonewitz G 6-3 185 Sr.-3L San Antonio, Texas (East Central) 16/16 12.7 4.7 4.6 Reserves 3 Rayford Young G 5-11 175 Jr.-2L Pampa, Texas (Pampa) 11/8 14.2 2.9 4.1 5 James Ware G/F 6-4 195 Jr.-Tr Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins/Colorado State/Midland College) 16/0 5.6 1.6 0.5 33 Brodney Kennard F 6-6 190 Jr.-Tr Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest/Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Tyler JC) 16/0 4.1 4.6 0.6 35 Greg Brown F 6-7 210 Fr.-Tr Burton, Texas (Brenham/Blinn College) 0/0 0.0 0.0 0.0 40 DeJohn Pearson G/F 6-5 200 Fr.-HS Houston, Texas (Westfield) 0/0 0.0 0.0 0.0 50 Jayson Mitchell F 6-4 185 So.-Tr Tyler, Texas (John Tyler/Colorado State/McLennan CC) 16/1 4.8 2.4 1.1 55 Andy Ellis C 6-10 205 Fr.-HS Lamesa, Texas (Lamesa) 16/0 7.4 3.9 0.7
January 11, 1999
So Far This Season... Texas Tech is 9-7 on the season and 1-2 in big 12 league games ... Five different players have led Texas Tech in scoring, while five different players have been rebounding leaders in the four games ... Texas Tech is 7-1 at home this season and 1-4 on the road ... Rayford Young missed five straight games due to an ankle injury and a current streak of eight-straight starts. He returned to the court against Baylor ... Young leads the team in scoring with a 14.2 average ... Three players average in double-figures with Cliff Owens scoring at a 13.5 per game clip and Stan Bonewitz averaging 12.7 points per game ... Owens is the team's rebounding leader with an 8.4 average ... Andy Ellis has emerged as the top scoring reserve and the fourth-leading scorer with a 7.4 points per game average in just 18.1 minutes per game ... Five different players have led the team in rebounding over the last five games ... Texas Tech opened the Big 12 schedule with a 1-2 mark for the second-straight season.
Last Time Out... Missed shots in the paint and overall poor first half shooting led to the Raiders falling behind the Wildcats early and not being able to make up the difference in an 82-63 road loss. Texas Tech shot just .286 from the field in the first half and made just three of nine three-point attempts compared to Kansas State's .459 from the floor. Texas Tech grabbed just 19 first half rebounds and was unable to close the gap to less than eight points with 4:30 left before halftime (35-27). The Raiders turned the ball over 19 times in the game, compared to Kansas State's 13 and were outrebounded by a 50-39 margin in the game. James Ware was a bright spot for the Raiders off the bench with 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting and 3-for-4 from behind the three-point arc. Andy Ellis and Cliff Owens held the team's rebounding lead with seven boards apiece.
Head Coach James Dickey Texas Tech men's basketball coach James Dickey is in his eighth season guiding the Red Raiders on the hardwood. A 1976 graduate of Central Arkansas, he has posted a 141-79 record, a winning percentage of .641. Dickey was named Tech's head coach on April 10, 1991 after serving one year for the Red Raiders as an assistant under longtime coach Gerald Myers. Over the last four-plus seasons, Tech is 91-42 for a .684 winning mark. Dickey has earned district coach of the year honors four times and has been conference coach of the year on three occasions. He has guided Tech to two NCAA Tournaments, including the '96 Sweet 16. Before his arrival at Tech as an assistant coach in 1990-91, Dickey previously worked at Kentucky (1986-89) and Arkansas (1982-85) as an assistant under Eddie Sutton.
About Texas A&M The Aggies are 7-6 on the season and 0-3 in the Big 12 Conference under first-year coach Melvin Watkins. Texas A&M opened the season winning seven of its first eight games, including a 65-58 victory over Alabama and a 69-63 win over Tulane. The Aggies also took Arizona State to three overtimes before falling 96-91. Junior transfer Clifton Cook leads the Aggies with a 16.0 points per game average and is scoring 19.7 points in the three conference games. Senior Shanne Jones is second with 15.8 points and a team-leading 6.5 rebounds per game.
The Series Texas Tech and Texas A&M have played 96 times since the first meeting in 1941. The Red Raiders lead the series between the two schools by a 51-45 margin, while James Dickey enjoys an 11-4 series edge during his career as the head coach at Texas Tech. Texas A&M coach Melvin Watkins has never faced Texas Tech as a coach but is 0-1 overall after a 71-62 loss while starring on the court at UNC-Charlotte on Jan. 3, 1976. Texas Tech has won the last eight consecutive games overall and four-straight in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum against the Aggies. Last season, Texas Tech won a 102-75 decision in the Coliseum largely due to 50 combined points by Cory Carr and Rayford Young. Shanne Jones led the Aggies with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Big 12 Bombers Texas Tech leads the Big 12 in three-point percentage, connecting on 95-of-231 attempts for .411 percent on the season. Individually, Stan Bonewitz is fourth in the league in three-point percentage, connecting on 40-of-87 treys for .460 percent. He is also fourth in the Big 12 in three-pointers made per game with 2.50. Texas Tech's 76.3 points per game is second-best in the Big 12 and its .481 shooting is tops in the league.
Veterans Carrying the Load Texas Tech's three upperclassmen this season are carrying the load for the Raiders. The trio of senior Stan Bonewitz and juniors Cliff Owens and Rayford Young have accounted for 47.1 percent of the team's 76.3 points and 37.7 percent of the team's 40.1 rebounds per game this season. Owens, Young and Bonewitz are each averaging around 30 minutes of playing time per game and are the only Red Raiders averaging double figures in scoring.
Hot-Shooting Raiders The Raiders have regained their hot hand in the last three games, leading the Big 12 with a .494 shooting percentage from the field. The Red Raidres are shooting a scorching .551 in conference games. Five of the six games the Red Raiders shot less than .500 were all losses. Texas Tech shot over .500 in six of the first nine games of the season, including the first three before falling short at Southwestern La. The streak of three-straight games over .500 to start the season marked the first three-game streak since the George Washington, USL and Southwest Missouri St. games last season. Texas Tech has not surpassed .500 shooting in four-straight games since the 1995-96 season when it accomplished the feat against Montana State, East Tennessee State, TCU and Texas A&M.
Ellis Developing Quickly True freshman center Andy Ellis was certainly a catch for Texas Tech recruiters out of Lamesa High School as a prep senior last spring. Texas Tech coaches knew that his lack of size and experience would likely prevent him from making a huge impact on the team this season. Were they ever wrong. All the 6-10, 205-pound Ellis has done this season is develop into the team's fourth-leading scorer and rebounder and is averaging 10.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the three Big 12 contests this season. Against Oklahoma, Ellis tied a team-high with a perfect night from the floor, shooting 5-for-5 from the floor and 7-for-7 from the free throw line and scored a career-high 17 points at Oklahoma. He is shooting a team-leading .909 on 10-for-11 from the free throw line in conference games.
Owens Strong Inside Sophomore forward Cliff Owens (Santa Fe, Texas) is second in the Big 12 in defensive rebounds with an average of 6.31 per game. His 8.4 total average is the league's sixth-best. His .546 shooting percentage is tied for second in the Big 12. He has led the team in rebounding in nine games this season. His 23 points in the season-opener against UTSA was a career-high and his 18 rebounds against Pepperdine was a season-high. He has four double-doubles this season.
Young Clutch Performer Point guard Rayford Young returned to the lineup against Baylor and scored four points and passed out five assists in 21 minutes off the bench. He scored 17 against Oklahoma, also off the bench. He tied a career-high with 28 points against SMU and equalled that mark with 28 against Stephen F. Austin. He also tied a school record, shooting 10-for-10 from the free throw line against SFA and has gone 21-of-22 from behind the charity stripe in the last four games. Young made eight-straight free throws in the last :54 of the game to seal the victory against SMU and had a streak of 20-straight made from the charity stripe snapped at Oklahoma.
Just Call Him "Bomb-A-Witz" Stan Bonewitz, who hit a team-high 84 three-pointers last season, has made at least three treys in the last 26 of 39 games. He now ranks third all-time at Tech with 215 career 3's. Bonewitz tied the single-game school mark of seven last season against Texas A&M on Feb. 21 in College Station. Last year, Bonewitz ranked second in the Big 12 with a 41.8 three-point percentage and 3.1 3's a game. He led the Big 12 in three-point percentage as a sophomore with a 46.3 mark.
Career Three-Pointers 1. Cory Carr, '95-98 262 2. Koy Smith, '93-96 237 3. Stan Bonewitz, '96-present 215 4. Lance Hughes, '92-95 160 5. Todd Duncan, '87-89 132
Home Cooking This season, Texas Tech is 7-1 within the historic confines of Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. In the season-opener against Texas-San Antonio Texas Tech broke a three-game home losing streak with its 87-78 win at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The Red Raiders dropped their last three home games of 1997-98 to Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The three-game losing streak was Tech's first at home since early in the 1993-94 season. The three-game skid was also Tech's first in conference action since the 1990-91 campaign. Texas Tech has won 58 of its last 67 games in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum for an .866 winning percentage. From 1993-94 (against Texas A&M) until the Colorado game in 1996-97, Texas Tech won a school-record 35 consecutive games at home. All-time, Texas Tech is 393-153 in the "Bubble." The Red Raiders own a 75-21 mark under James Dickey at home for a .781 winning percentage.
Youth Movement The Red Raiders started the same five players in each of the first eight games of the season before Rayford Young's injury prior to the UT-Pan American game. The lineup of Young and Stan Bonewitz and the guards, Mario Layne and Cliff Owens at the forwards and Johnny Phillips at center accounts for a large percentage of the team's scoring. Texas Tech utilized four different starting combinations last season, any of which would be among the youngest quintet in James Dickey's seven seasons as head coach. For the first time since the 1993-94 season, Texas Tech started only two upperclassmen. The Red Raiders have started at least two seniors for the majority of the season in all but three of James Dickey's previous seven years as head coach, 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1997-98.
Lineup Breakdown in the Dickey Era 1991-92 2 seniors, 1 junior, 1 sophomore, 1 freshman 1992-93 1 senior, 1 junior, 2 sophomores, 1 freshman 1993-94 2 juniors, 3 sophomores 1994-95 2 seniors, 3 juniors 1995-96 4 seniors, 1 sophomore 1996-97 2 seniors, 2 juniors, 1 sophomore 1997-98 1 senior, 1 junior, 2 sophomores, 1 freshman 1998-99 1 senior, 3 juniors, 1 sophomore
Rookie Help A total of nine true freshmen have started at least one game for Texas Tech during head coach James Dickey's seven previous years. Johnny Phillips started the last 15 games of 1997-98 - the most by a true freshman since Jason Sasser started 19 in 1992-93. Lance Hughes also started 19 during his freshman year in 1991-92.
Player (Season) Starts Jason Sasser (1992-93) 19 Lance Hughes (1991-92) 19 Johnny Phillips (1997-98) 15 Lenny Holly (1992-93) 14 Chad Collins (1991-92) 5 Rayford Young (1996-97) 4 Tony Battie (1994-95) 3 Cory Carr (1994-95) 1 Koy Smith (1992-93) 1
YOUNG FROM THE LINE Young's excellent free throw shooting this season is no fluke. Shooting .885 this season, he tied for second behind teammate Cory Carr in the Big 12 last season in free throw percentage with an 84.3 clip. Twice last season he provided late-game heroics from the stripe to help Tech win. He made four free throws in the final 10 seconds against Kansas State, each time going to the line with Tech up one point. Young sank two free throws - his first attempts of the game - with four seconds remaining to send the game at Nevada into overtime. He made all eight of his free throw attempts at Nevada, six in the overtime period.
Stan the Rebounder Known for his long-range shooting and uncanny passing ability, Stan Bonewitz added another facet to his game the last two seasons - rebounding. And, helped by his 10-rebound effort at USL and nine-board efforts against UTPA, he is the team's second-leading rebounder with an average of 4.7 per game. He has a carer average of 3.7 per game.
Banks Makes Most of Opportunity Junior transfer Jevon Banks replaced injured starter Rayford Young against Texas-Pan American and responded with career-highs for points (9), assists (4), steals (4), three-points (2) and minutes played (27). He has started six of the last seven games and set a career high for points (13 vs. Weber State) and assists (5 vs. Tulsa) in the Pearl Harbor Classic.
Break Out Game for Layne Against SMU Junior transfer Mario Layne has been an instrumental player for the Red Raiders this season. He has scored in double figures in three of the last six games for Texas Tech and has set eight career highs during that time. Layne enjoyed a "break-out" game against SMU, scoring a career-high 15 points and making several trademark acrobatic moves to the basket. One of the best leapers in the Big 12 Conference, Layne went 7-for-10 from the field, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists against the Ponies. Perhaps more importantly, he was instrumental in limiting SMU's top scorer, Jeryl Sasser, to an 8-for-28 shooting night.
RED RAIDERS VERSUS AP RANKED OPPONENTS SINCE 1991-92 Date Opponent Rank W/L Score 1-24-98 at Kansas 3 L 88-49 12-20-97 at New Mexico 14 L 81-62 3-7-97 at Iowa State 16 L 72-70 1-29-97 Kansas 1 L 86-77 1-25-97 Iowa State 14 L 64-61 12-21-96 Fresno State 21 W 111-101 12-4-96 New Mexico 11 W 77-68 11-30-96 George Washington 25 W 84-75 3-21-96 Georgetown t4 L 98-90 3-17-96 North Carolina 25 W 92-73 12-30-94 at Arizona 10 L 88-82 12-17-94 Kentucky 6 L 83-68 12-3-94 Wisconsin 13 L 70-65 12-11-93 Wisconsin 18 L 91-88 1-26-93 Houston 10 W 78-74 1-18-92 Tulane 19 W 101-98 12-27-91 Indiana 10 L 86-69
IRON MEN Last season Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young were among the top 10 in the Big 12 Conference in average minutes played and appear to be on their way to similar distinction this season. Along with Cliff Owens, the trio are averaging around 30 minutes per game. Last season, teammate Cory Carr led the league, playing an average of 37.6 minutes per game. Only three of the top 10 players on the list below are return this season, including Bonewitz and Young.
1997-98 BIG 12 MINUTES PLAYED 1. Cory Carr Texas Tech 37.6 2. Stan Bonewitz Texas Tech 35.9 2. Tyronn Lue Nebraska 35.9 4. Brian Skinner Baylor 35.8 5. Corey Brewer Oklahoma 35.4 6. Adrian Peterson Oklahoma St. 35.3 7. Patrick Hunter Baylor 35.0 8. Rayford Young Texas Tech 34.7 9. Brett Robisch Oklahoma St. 33.4 10. Roddrick Miller Baylor 33.3
1998-99 GAME LEADERS Leading Scorer: Cliff Owens 6, Stan Bonewitz 4, Rayford Young 4, Mario Layne 2, Andy Ellis 1, James Ware 1
Leading Rebounder: Cliff Owens 9, Stan Bonewitz 4, Andy Ellis 4, Johnny Phillips 1, Mario Layne 1, Brodney Kennard 1
Leading Scorer/Rebounder: Cliff Owens 4, Stan Bonewitz 1, Andy Ellis 1
Leading Scorer/Assists: Stan Bonewitz 2, Rayford Young 1
Assists Leader: Stan Bonewitz 11, Rayford Young 4, James Ware 1, Jevon Banks 1, Brodney Kennard 1, Mario Layne 1, Jayson Mitchell 1, Cliff Owens 1
Double Figures Scoring: Stan Bonewitz 10, Cliff Owens 11, Rayford Young 6, Johnny Phillips 4, Mario Layne 4, Jevon Banks 3, Andy Ellis 3, Jayson Mitchell 2, James Ware 2, Brodney Kennard 1
30-Point Games: none
20-Point Games: Stan Bonewitz 3, Rayford Young 2, Cliff Owens 2
Double Figures Rebounds: Cliff Owens 5, Stan Bonewitz 1, Johnny Phillips 1, Brodney Kennard 1, Mario Layne 1
Double Figures Points/Rebounds: Cliff Owens 4, Stan Bonewitz 1, Mario Layne 1
Double Figures Points/Assists: Rayford Young 1
Dunks: Cliff Owens 20, Brodney Kennard 13, Johnny Phillips 14, Mario Layne 8, Andy Ellis 4, Jevon Banks 1. Opponents: 25
Charges Taken: Jayson Mitchell 5, Cliff Owens 2, Jevon Banks 2, Andy Ellis 1
First Sub Off The Bench: Jason Mitchell 7, Andy Ellis 4, Jevon Banks 1, James Ware 2, Broadney Kennard 1, Rayford Young 2
Won Opening Tip-off: 11; Opponents: 5
1998-99 TEXAS TECH TRENDS Overall H R N When outrebounding opponents 7-3 6-0 1-3 0-0 When tied or outrebounded 1-5 1-1 0-1 0-3
James Dickey Call-In Show James Dickey conducts a weekly fan call-in radio show each Wednesday (Resumes Jan 6) from 7-8 p.m. live from Jazz Louisiana Kitchen in Lubbock. The flagship station for the show is KKAM-AM (1340) and the host is Jack Dale. Affiliates (beginning in Jan.) include:
Amarillo KGNC-AM (710) Lamesa KPET-AM (690) Lubbock KKAM-AM (1340) Midland KCRS-AM (550) Plainview KKYN-AM (1090)
James Dickey Television Show The James Dickey television show airs each Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on KCBD-TV in Lubbock beginning in January. The host of the show is Bryan Mudd, KCBD-TV sports director.
Quick Player Biographies 3 Rayford Young G, 5-11, 175, Jr.-2L, Pampa, Texas Team scoring leader with a 14.2 per game average ... also leads the team in steals with a 2.0 per game average ... a starter in first eight games at point guard before missing five games due to an ankle injury ... had started 35-straight games ... shooting .887 from the free throw line on the season on 47-of-53 shooting ... tied a career-high with 28 points against SMU and matched the effort with 28 points against Stephen F. Austin ... Tied a school record with 10-for-10 free throw shooting effort against Stephen F. Austin ... also went 9-for-10 from the free throw line against SMU, including the last eight in a row ... recorded a streak of 20-straight free throws prior to the Oklahoma game, where he missed his first attempt.
5 James Ware G/F, 6-4, 195, Jr.-Tr, Minneapolis, Minn. A three-point threat off-the-bench ... 75 percent (48-of-64) of his field goal attempts are from beyond the three-point arc ... went 3-for-4 from the three-point stripe against Baylor and Kansas State ... has made 21-of-48 three-point attempts on the season for .438 percentage ... shooting 29-of-64 (.453) from the field in the first 16 games ... scored career-high 13 points at Kansas State ... scored 11 points at Southwestern La. ... grabbed season-high five rebounds against Baylor to go with nine points.
11 Jevon Banks G, 5-10, 150, So.-Tr, Las Vegas, Nev. A solid backup at point guard ... has started seven games in the place of Rayford Young ... averaged 6.4 points, 3.0 assists and 21.9 minutes per game as a starter ... scored 13 points against Weber State in 28 minutes of action ... played 27 minutes against UTPA and recorded five career-highs ... solid defensive player ...
13 Cliff Owens F, 6-8, 235, Jr.-2L, Santa Fe, Texas Team's leading rebounder with an 8.4 per game average and the second-leading scorer with a 13.5 scoring mark ... has led the team in rebounding in nine games ... set a career-high with 23 points against Texas-San Antonio in the season-opener ... grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds against New Mexico State ... nine field goal attempts and 14 makes against UTSA set career-highs ... very strong player inside ... scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Texas-Pan American ... registered 21 points in conference opener against Baylor on 7-for-8 from the field ... tied a career-high with 18 rebounds against Pepperdine ... also blocked a career-high three shots against Pepperdine.
14 Mario Layne F, 6-6, 180, Jr.-Tr, Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados A starter in 16 games this season ... best game was a 15-point effort against SMU and Nevada ... also grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds against Nevada ... instrumental in limiting SMU's top scorer to an 8-for-28 shooting performance ... one of the best leapers in the Big 12 Conference ... also handed out five assists against SMU ... scored 14 points against Tulsa and Pepperdine scored eight points on three-of-four shooting against Texas-Pan American.
15 Stan Bonewitz G, 6-3, 185, Sr.-3L, San Antonio, Texas one of the Big 12's leading three-point shooters, making 40-of-87 attempts for .460 pct.. ... scored 71 points in three games (23.7 avg.) against TCU, UTA and UTPA ... averaging 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game ... scored career-high 29 points against Texas-Pan American ... set a team-high with 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the three-point arc against Baylor ... scored 19 points against the Bears in 29 minutes ... led Texas Tech with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Southwestern Louisiana ... was 15-of-25 (.600) from the three-point line in three games vs TCU, UTA and UTPA ... team leader in assists with 62 ... outstanding passer in the open floor ... deceptive defensive players ... registered career-high five steals against Pepperdine.
25 Johnny Phillips C, 6-9, 250, So.-1L, Fort Worth, Texas A starter at the center position in every game this season ... shooting team-leading .621 on the season on 41-of-66 from the field ... continues to improve inside strength and experience ... grabbed career-high 12 rebounds against TCU ... scored career-high 14 points against Nevada ... is 11-for-15 from the field in last three games (Weber St., Nevada, Baylor) ... blocked career-high four shots against Pepperdine.
33 Brodney Kennard F, 6-6, 190, Jr.-Tr, Fort Worth, Texas Third-leading rebounder on the team, grabbing 4.6 boards per game ... averaging 4.1 points per game ... grabbed career-high 11 rebounds against Nevada ... very active around the basket ... recorded three blocks against Texas-San Antonio ... scored 12 points against UTSA and grabbed five rebounds against SMU ... shooting .585 from the field on 24-of-41 in field goals on the season.
50 Jayson Mitchell F, 6-4, 185, So.-Tr, Tyler, Texas First player off the bench in seven games this season ... started Pepperdine game and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds ... scored season-high 13 points against TCU on three-of-five shooting from the field .. scored 12 points and recorded two blocks against UTPA ... scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting against North Texas ... a aggressive defensive player ...
55 Andy Ellis
C, 6-10, 205, Fr.-HS, Lamesa, Texas
A rapidly emerging young player at the center position ... leading scoring reserve with an average of 7.4 points per game ... shooting .482 on the season on 41-of-85 from the field ... perfect shooting night against Oklahoma, shooting five-for-five from the field and seven-for-seven from the free throw line for career-high 17 points ... scored 11 points against Pepperdine, including seven-for-10 from the free throw line ... scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Stephen F Austin ... grabbed six rebounds in 16 minutes against North Texas ... blocked two shots against Stephen F. Austin ... led team with seven rebounds at Kansas State.
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