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January 13, 1999

LUBBOCK, Texas - Quotes and Notes following Texas Tech's 82-68 victory


Quoting Texas Tech head coach James Dickey

"The difference in the game was Rayford Young. When he came into the game, our production and emotion when up. He brings those qualities to us. He's hurt and he's still hobbled but he played really good. We've got to do a better job on the boards. We've got to do a better job of minimizing the other team's second shot opportunities. I was pleased with our offensive rebounding. Our guys went hard to the boards and they competed. It was a good team win for us and a good team effort. We're a different ballclub when Rayford's in the game. He worked hard tonight. It's been five weeks since the injury and the doctors and trainers have been working hard on him. He will limp tomorrow and he's got a severe sprain. We've got to have every player step up and compete. Cliff and Rayford were significant in the ballgame."

Quoting Texas Tech guard Rayford Young

"Coach stuck me out there. I hit a layup off a pass from Mario (Layne) and I just felt it after that. I felt confident in my shot. The team did a good job of getting me the ball. I have been trying to be more of an offensive player with Cory (Carr) gone. Even though my ankle was still bothering me a bit, I kept going. I felt good coming off the bench."

Quoting Texas Tech forward Andy Ellis

"I think we really played well tonight and took care of the ball. We didn't give them second chances and that helped us tonight. I want to come in and rebound and score. I want to come in and help the team any way I can."

Quoting Texas A&M coach Melvin Watkins

"The problem was that the game was 40 minutes long and we played only 25 minutes. We got off to a good start and then the wheels came off for us. You've got to give Texas Tech credit, they played good. When Rayford (Young) starting hitting those shots, their confidence had a boost. That was the story. He hit some big shots for them. I try to talk to the guys about it. This game is all mental. We play so well at home then we go on the road and you never know. We've got to get that out of our system. We're not going to give up. We've just got to play a 40-minute game. You can't play half a game."


*Texas Tech's Andy Ellis had a career-high nine rebounds.

*Texas Tech's Rayford Young scored 22 points today, the most for him since back-to-back 28-point outings vs. SMU and Stephen F. Austin.

*Texas Tech's .200 three-point shooting percentage in the second half tied for the second worst in a half this season. The Stephen F. Austin game was the worst.

*Andy Ellis' 14-points is the second-best performance of his Texas Tech career. His best scoring output this season was 17 at Oklahoma.

*Texas Tech has won nine straight games against Texas A&M.




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