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January 25, 1999
NEXT ON THE SLATE
Teams: Texas Tech (109, 2-4 Big 12) at Iowa State (11-7, 2-3 Big 12)
Date: Jan. 27, 1999 7:00 p.m. (central)
Site: Reed Arena (12,500)
Coaches: Texas Tech - James Dickey (Central Arkansas, '76), 142-81 (8th Season at TTU & Overall). Texas A&M - Melvin Watkins (UNC Charlotte, '77), 50-28 (3rd season Overall), 8-8 (1st Season at Texas A&M)
Texas Tech Radio: All Sports Radio Network [KCRM-FM (99.5) & KKAM-AM (1340) in Lubbock]. Jack Dale, play-by-play.
Leading Scorers: Texas Tech - Rayford Young (14.6 ppg); Texas A&M - Shanne Jones (15.6 ppg)
Leading Rebounders: Texas Tech - Cliff Owens (7.8 rpg); Texas A&M - Shanne Jones & Clifton Cook (5.8 rpg)
TEXAS TECH ROSTER Tentative Starters No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl-Ex. Hometown (High School/Transfer) GP/GS PPG RPG Other 13 Cliff Owens F 6-8 235 Jr.-2L Santa Fe, Texas (Santa Fe) 18/18 12.7 7.8 missed ISU game 33 Brodney Kennard F 6-6 190 Jr.-Tr Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest/Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Tyler JC) 19/3 4.1 4.8 22 blocks 25 Johnny Phillips C 6-9 250 So.-1L Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest) 19/19 7.2 3.4 .617 shooting pct. 3 Rayford Young G 5-11 175 Jr.-2L Pampa, Texas (Pampa) 14/10 14.6 2.7 30 steals 5 James Ware G/F 6-4 195 Jr.-Tr Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins/Colorado State/Midland College) 19/1 5.5 1.5 .439 3 pt pct. Reserves 11 Jevon Banks G 5-10 150 So.-Tr Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley/Midland College) 18/8 4.7 1.7 35 assists, 16 steals 14 Mario Layne F 6-6 180 Jr.-Tr Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados (South Plains College) 19/17 7.3 3.7 .496 fg pct 15 Stan Bonewitz G 6-3 185 Sr.-3L San Antonio, Texas (East Central) 18/18 12.0 4.4 will miss A&M game 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
So Far This Season... Texas Tech is 10-9 on the season and 2-4 in Big 12 Conference games ... Six different players have led Texas Tech in scoring, while six different players have been rebounding leaders this season ... Texas Tech is 8-2 at home this season, 1-5 on the road and 1-2 at neutral sites ... Stan Bonewitz and Cliff Owens missed the Iowa State game due to injuries. Owens could return against Texas A&M, while Bonewitz is expected to miss at least three games ... Rayford Young missed five games due to an ankle injury and a streak of nine-straight starts ... Texas Tech has featured four-straight games with a different starting lineup ... Andy Ellis is the Big 12's leading freshman, ranking first in rebounding (4.3) second in scoring (7.7) and fourth in blocks (11) ... Ellis has led Texas Tech in rebounding in four of the last five games ... The Red Raiders clinched its eighth-straight winning record at home against Texas A&M on Jan. 13, all under James Dickey.
Last Time Out... Texas Tech couldn't hold off the Cyclones' hot shooting from the perimeter or their 30-8 edge in free throw attempts in a 70-62 loss in Ames. Iowa State connected on eight of 10 three-point attempts in the game (.800 pct), but made just 13-of-37 field goals from inside the arc. James Ware committed his fifth foul with :36 seconds left in the game, while Phillips and Young were charged with four fouls each for the Red Raiders. ISU connected on 20-of-30 free throws and committed just 12 fouls, compared to Texas Tech's 5-for-8 from the charity stripe and 21 fouls. The Red Raiders were without two of their top three scorers and rebounders in Stan Bonewitz and Cliff Owens due to injury. Ware registered one of his best shooting performances, connecting on four-of-five three-point attempts in the game en route to 12 points. Rayford Young led Texas Tech with 13 points. Martin Rancik led four ISU players in double figures with 19 points. POSTGAME NOTES Texas Tech's five free throws and eight attempts were both season lows ... Texas Tech's 13 turnovers was a season low ... The Red Raiders played without Stan Bonewitz and Cliff Owens, both of whom were out with injury. Bonewitz suffered a hernia and underwent surgery the morning of the game. Owens suffered an ankle injury in practice ... Brodney Kennard's 4 blocks tied a season high ... James Ware's four three-point field goals was a career-high ... Texas Tech has utilized different starting lineups in its last four games ... Rayford Young's five steals tied a career high ... ISU's Martin Rancik played for James Dickey on the Big 12 All-Star Team that toured Europe last summer.
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 142-81 record, a winning percentage of .638. 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 92-44 for a .679 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 8-8 on the season and 1-5 in the Big 12 Conference following a narrow 57-56 road win at Baylor on Saturday. Senior Chris Clayton connected on a three-point shot at the buzzer to snap a seven-game losing streak for the Aggies. Veteran Shanne Jones leads the Aggies in scoring with 15.6 points per game. That is just ahead of junior transfer Clifton Cook's 15.3 points per game. The two players are also the team's rebounding leaders with identical 5.8 per game averages. Cook led the team against Baylor with team-highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Aggies held the Bears to .375 shooting from the field and .3233 from the three-point line and accounted for an impressive 14 assists on its 19 field goals in the game.
Earlier This Season vs. Texas A&M Texas Tech took an 82-68 win over the Aggies on Jan. 13 in Lubbock. For a game wrapup and box score, see page 13 of this release.
The Series Texas Tech and Texas A&M will meet for the 98th time in the series between the two schools, which began in 1941. The Red Raiders have won the last nine games in the series and the last three in College Station. Wednesday's game will be the first for Texas Tech in the Aggies' new Reed Arena. The Red Raiders lead the series between the two teams by a 52-41 margin, while James Dickey enjoys a 12-4 series edge against Texas A&M and a 1-0 record against Aggie head coach Melvin Watkins. Watkins is 0-1 against Texas Tech as a head coach and 0-2 overall after playing at Texas Tech while starring at UNC Charlotte in 1976. The Red Raiders defeated UNC Charlotte by a 71-62 margin in that game.
M*A*S*H Unit In the span of one afternoon, the Red Raiders lost two starters and were down to eight scholarship players available to participate at Iowa State. Late in Thursday's practice Cliff Owens suffered an ankle sprain and did not make the trip to Iowa State. On Saturday morning, Stan Bonewitz underwent a hernia operation. James Dickey received final notification on Bonewitz' surgery after (he was on the first of two charter planes) landing in Ames on Friday afternoon. Owens is questionable for the Texas A&M contest, while Bonewitz is expected to miss at least three games (including ISU).
Big 12 Team Leaders Texas Tech leads the Big 12 in three-point percentage, connecting on 112-of-281 attempts for .399 percent on the season. Texas Tech's 74.7 points per game is second-best in the Big 12 and its .473 shooting is tops in the league.
Big 12 Individual Leaders Stan Bonewitz is fourth in the league in three-point percentage, connecting on 43-of-96 treys for .448 percent. He is also third in the Big 12 in three-pointers made per game with 2.4 and fifth in assists with 4.39 per game. Rayford Young is third in the league in free throw percentage at .852.
Starting Lineup Changes The Red Raiders have started four different combinations in the last four games. Rayford Young returned to the starting lineup in the place of Jevon Banks at point guard against Oklahoma State. Brodney Kennard has started the last three games, while James Ware started his first game as a Red Raider in the absence of Stan Bonewitz.
Opp. PG 2G C PF SF KSU Banks Bonewitz Phillips Owens Layne A&M Banks Bonewitz Phillips Owens Kennard OSU Young Bonewitz Phillips Owens Kennard ISU Young Ware Phillips Kennard Layne
Raiders Add Transfer One of the most heralded Texas high school basketball players in last years senior class, Moses Malone, Jr. (Friendswood, Texas), has transferred to Texas Tech from the University of Houston and will be eligible to participate following final exams next fall. Malone, Jr., played in nine games as a true freshman at Houston and started the Portland State contest before requesting, and receiving, his release on Dec. 31. He averaged 3.4 points per game at Houston with a career-high of 13 points in a 72-67 loss at California. Malone, Jr. was a two-time first-team all-state selection and was considered one of the top 50 players in the nation as a senior at Friendswood High School. He averaged 27.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists during his high school career and was a two-time Nike All-American and was an honorable mention All-America selection by Parade magazine. He is the son of former National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player and All-Star with the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers, Moses Malone. Moses is one of two additions to next years squad with the signing of Ronald Hobbs of Everman during the early signing period.
Veterans Carrying the Load It's not difficult to demonstrate how important Texas Tech's three upperclassmen this season are this season. The trio of senior Stan Bonewitz and juniors Cliff Owens and Rayford Young have accounted for 45.7 percent of the team's 74.7 points and 34.7 percent of the team's 39.2 rebounds per game this season. Bonewitz is the only Red Raider each averaging over 30 minutes of playing time per game.
Hot-Shooting Raiders The Raiders lead the Big 12 with a .474 shooting percentage from the field. The Red Raiders are shooting a cooler .447 in conference games. Seven of the eight 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 Facing Big 12 Challenge Andy Ellis has quietly developed into the second-leading freshman scorer and top rebounder in the Big 12 Conference this season. Against Big 12 foes, he is the team's third-leading scorer and leading rebounder with averages of 10.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in the six league 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 .750 on 18-of-24 from the free throw line in conference games.
Owens Strong Inside Sophomore forward Cliff Owens (Santa Fe, Texas) is one of the Big 12 leaders in defensive rebounds with an average of 5.9 per game. His 7.8 total average is also among the Big 12's top 10. 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.
Young Clutch Performer After missing significant time due to an ankle injury, Rayford Young returned to the starting lineup against Oklahoma State and scored 22 points. After missing five games, he returned to the court 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. Earlier this season, 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.
Stanley "Bomb-A-Witz" Stan Bonewitz, who hit a team-high 84 three-pointers last season, ranks third all-time at Tech with 218 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 218 4. Lance Hughes, '92-95 160 5. Todd Duncan, '87-89 132
Home Cooking James Dickey has never experienced a losing season at home and this season he is assured of continuing his streak. Texas Tech is 8-2 within the historic confines of Lubbock Municipal Coliseum and clinched an eighth-straight winning season at home. 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 59 of its last 69 games in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum for an .855 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 394-155 in the "Bubble." The Red Raiders own a 76-22 mark under James Dickey at home for a .756 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 usual 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.
FRESHMEN STARTERS 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 ..852 this season (third in the Big 12), 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 third-leading rebounder with an average of 4.4 per game. He has a carer average of 3.8 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 started eight games and set a career high for points (13 vs. Weber State) and assists (5 vs. Tulsa) in the Pearl Harbor Classic. He averaged 6.5 points and 2.5 assists per game as a starter.
RED RAIDERS VERSUS AP RANKED OPPONENTS SINCE 1991-92 Date Opponent Rank W/L Score 1-17-99 Oklahoma State 23 L 69-55 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, despite injuries, both 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: Rayford Young 7, Cliff Owens 6, Stan Bonewitz 4, Mario Layne 2, Andy Ellis 1, James Ware 1
Leading Rebounder: Cliff Owens 9, Andy Ellis 6, Stan Bonewitz 4, Brodney Kennard 2, Johnny Phillips 1, Mario Layne 1
Leading Scorer/Rebounder: Cliff Owens 4, Stan Bonewitz 1, Andy Ellis 1
Leading Scorer/Assists: Rayford Young 4, Stan Bonewitz 2
Assists Leader: Stan Bonewitz 12, Rayford Young 7, Jevon Banks 2, James Ware 1, Brodney Kennard 1, Mario Layne 1, Jayson Mitchell 1, Cliff Owens 1
Double Figures Scoring: Stan Bonewitz 10, Cliff Owens 11, Rayford Young 9, Andy Ellis 5, Mario Layne 5, Johnny Phillips 5, Jevon Banks 4, James Ware 3, Jayson Mitchell 2, Brodney Kennard 1
30-Point Games: none
20-Point Games: Stan Bonewitz 3, Rayford Young 3, 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, Johnny Phillips 17, Brodney Kennard 14, Mario Layne 10, Andy Ellis 5, Jevon Banks 2. Opponents: 30
Charges Taken: Jayson Mitchell 6, Cliff Owens 2, Jevon Banks 2, Andy Ellis 2
First Sub Off The Bench: Jason Mitchell 8, Andy Ellis 6, Rayford Young 3, Mario Layne 2, James Ware 2, Jevon Banks 1, Brodney Kennard 1
Won Opening Tip-off: 14; 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 2-7 2-2 0-2 0-3All Texas Tech football, men's and women's basketball and baseball games and coaches shows can be heard on the Internet through a link at www.texastech.com.
Internet Website The Texas Tech athletic media relations office, in conjunction with University Netcasting, has developed an Internet website that contains information on all 17 Red Raider sports. The address is www.texastech.com. We encourage members of the media to use this as the primary source of press releases, quotes, statistics, etc.. for Texas Tech sports.
Big 12 Head Coaches Weekly Teleconference Through the work of American Teleconferences Services, the Big 12 hosts individual telephonic news conferences with each head coach on Mondays or Tuesdays, starting at 10 a.m. (central) during the 1998-99 season. Please contact the Big 12 media relations staff at 214/742-1212 for the access information. The schedule is for the following Mondays: Jan. 25; Feb. 1-8-15-22; March 1-8.
The order of coaches and other participants is: 10:00 Roy Williams, Kansas 10:10 Ricardo Patton, Colorado 10:20 Eddie Sutton, Oklahoma State 10:30 Harry Miller, Baylor 10:40 Norm Stewart, Missouri 10:50 James Dickey, Texas Tech 11:00 Melvin Watkins, Texas A&M 11:10 Tom Asbury, Kansas State 11:20 Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma 11:30 Rick Barnes, Texas 11:40 Danny Nee, Nebraska 11:50 Larry Eustachy, Iowa State 12:00 Selected Student-Athlete
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.
Red Raider Sports Weekly
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