Men's Basketball Takes on Baylor

Texas Tech is coming off an 80-60 home win over Missouri

Jan. 30, 1998


No. P   Name            Ht.   Wt.   Cl.  Hometown            PPG    RPG   Notes

13  F   Cliff Owens     6-8   245   So.  Santa Fe, Texas    10.3    8.3   10 or more rebounds five times

25  C   Johnny Phillips 6-8   225   Fr.  Fort Worth, Texas   4.1    2.6   Tied career high of 9 boards at KU

3   G   Rayford Young   5-11  175   So.  Pampa, Texas       15.6    3.8   Six three-pointers against Missouri

15  G   Stan Bonewitz   6-3   195   Jr.  San Antonio, Texas 12.2    4.7   3 or more treys in last 14 games

21  G   Cory Carr       6-4   210   Sr.  Kingsland, Ark.    23.4    4.6   Leads Big 12 in scoring, minutes


00  G   Kevin Clayton   6-4   175   Fr.  Amarillo, Texas     0.0    0.0   Back to practice after foot injury

5   G/F Brock Barnes    6-5   195   Sr.  Perryton, Texas     1.1    1.1   Senior getting more playing time

40  G   Andrew Patterson6-3   185   So.  Artesia, N.M.       0.5    0.8   Walk-on has played in 8 games

42  F   Da'Mon Roberts  6-7   215   Sr.  Dallas, Texas       4.2    2.7   Back in action last 10 games

44  G   Archie Myers    6-3   190   Sr.  Fort Worth, Texas   4.3    1.9   Hit key baskets in recent games

51  C   Ross Carmichael 6-10  240   So.  Dallas, Texas       4.2    4.6   Started first 12 games at center

Texas Tech, coming off an 80-60 home win over Missouri, continues the season's most difficult stretch of games when the Red Raiders visit Baylor (10-8, 5-3) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CT. Sunday will be the first of two consecutive conference games away from home. After Baylor, Tech plays at Oklahoma next Wednesday. The game in Waco will be shown on the Big 12 television package via ESPN Regional. Texas Tech is currently in a stretch of three of four away from home. All-America candidate Cory Carr leads the Big 12 Conference and is among the top 10 nationally in scoring with 23.4 points per game. Tech's three-guard lineup also includes point guard Rayford Young (15.6) and long-range threat Stan Bonewitz (12.2). Forward Cliff Owens (10.3) leads the team in rebounds (8.3). Freshman Johnny Phillips (4.1, 2.6) has started the last five games for the Red Raiders.

One of the surprises in the Big 12 Conference, Baylor is 10-8 overall, 5-3 in the Big 12. After finishing the non-conference portion of the schedule at 5-5, head coach Harry Miller's team won the first five Big 12 games to vault to the top of the league. However, Baylor has since dropped three straight to Colorado, Oklahoma and No. 3 Kansas. All-America candidate Brian Skinner leads the Bears in scoring (18.7), rebounding (10.1) and minutes played (36.1). Talented guard Patrick Hunter averages 13.7 points per game, while Roddrick Miller is adding 12.2.

Baylor has won two straight over Texas Tech, including the 90-78 contest in Lubbock on Jan. 13. Last season, the Bears handed Tech a 77-76 overtime defeat in the teams' last meeting in Waco. All-time, Tech leads the series 64-37. Tech also holds a slight 23-22 edge in Waco. Head coach James Dickey is 8-6 against Baylor, 2-4 in the six previous meetings in Waco.

The Big 12's leading scorer at 23.4 points per game, national player of the year candidate Cory Carr has scored 20 or more points 13 times in 17 games this year. He has scored 30 or more points four times in 1997-98. His career-high 39 points against Southwestern Louisiana are the most scored by any Big 12 player this season. Carr has scored in double figures in 38 consecutive games.

Cory Carr is one of 30 mid-season candidates vying for the John R. Wooden National Player of the Year Award and 10-man All-American Team. Carr was one of four Big 12 players among the mid-season top 30 candidates. The announcement of the 10-man All-American Team will occur on March 25, 1998. The Wooden Award will be presented April 3. Carr was also one of the 10 preseason candidates for the Naismith player of the year award.

Tech plays at Oklahoma next Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7:00 p.m. CT The Red Raiders have won in the Lloyd Noble Center the last two seasons.

A 1976 graduate of Central Arkansas, Texas Tech head men's basketball coach James Dickey is in season number seven guiding the Red Raiders. He has a 128-66 record, a winning percentage of .660. 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 three-plus seasons, Tech is 78-29 for a .729 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.

After losing by 39 points at Kansas, the second worst loss in school history, Tech made a drastic turnaround with an 80-60 victory over Missouri thanks to a season-high 12 three-pointers, Rayford Young hit a career-high six treys towards 27 points and Cory Carr added 21 points to lead Tech to the win. The 20-point margin was the largest for Tech in a Big 12 game. After falling behind 16-0 at Kansas, the Red Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 edge over the Tigers before Missouri scored with 15:05 to play in the first half. Tech led by as many as 22 late in the first half. In the second, Missouri cut it to 12 with 13:44 to play. However, Tech answered with an 18-8 run and eventually built leads of 22 points twice down the stretch. Missouri shot only 35.4 percent. Tyron Lee scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Kelly Thames added 11.

Tech's second leading scorer with 15.6 points, sophomore point guard Rayford Young came off one of his worst career performances to turn in one of his best. The 5-11 Pampa, Texas, product was scoreless for the first time this year at Kansas, going 0-for-8 from the floor. Against Missouri four days later, he hit a career-high six three-pointers - five in the second half - en route to a game-high 27 points. Young hit 8 of his 11 FG attempts, including 6-of-8 three-pointers, sank all five of his free throw attempts, notched four rebounds and dished out four assists.

Texas Tech arguably had its best-ever Big 12 Conference performance against Missouri. The 20-point win margin was the team's largest in a Big 12 game. Tech also set a team best in Big 12 games with 12 three-pointers. In addition, Tech limited Kelly Thames to only 11 points, marking the fewest scored by the Missouri forward in a Big 12 game this season.

Tech head coach James Dickey wanted to forget the Kansas game as soon as possible, considering the 39-point defeat was the second worst loss in school history. Tech took a page from the KU playbook in beating Missouri. The Red Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead and held Missouri scoreless for the first 4:56. Just four days earlier, KU had reeled off a 16-0 edge as Tech didn't score for the first 6:51.

The Red Raiders are now 9-1 when shooting better than their foes, 0-7 when they don't. Facing the pressure defense provided by Big 12 teams, Tech has hit a shooting slump of late, making 50 percent of its shots only once in its seven conference games. Overall, the Red Raiders have shot 50 percent four times in 1997-98.

Texas Tech's outstanding guard combination of Cory Carr, Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young are accounting for 51.1 of Tech's 76.8 points per game. The three players have started all 17 games and account for 66.6 percent of the Red Raiders' offensive production. The trio has made 117 of 123 Tech's three-pointers and have attempted 313 of the team's 339 shots from beyond the arc.

Senior Cory Carr enters the Baylor game needing only three three-pointers to become Tech's all-time leader. He has 235 treys and trails former Red Raider teammate Koy Smith, who made 237 from 1993 to 1996.

At Baylor Sunday, Tech hopes to snap a three-game losing streak on the road. The skid is Tech's longest since the 1994-95 team dropped five consecutive road games at Wisconsin, Temple, Arizona, Montana State and Texas A&M. Not included in that mix was a loss to Kentucky in Cincinnati. The Red Raiders haven't lost three straight conference road games since the first two years of James Dickey's tenure. Tech lost the final road game of 1991-92 at Texas A&M and then dropped the first two SWC road games at Rice and Texas in 1992-93. Tech has endured only one other three-game conference losing streak on the road in the Dickey era. Tech lost at Texas, Baylor and Houston during the 1991-92 season.

Beginning with No. 3 Kansas last Saturday, Texas Tech began a stretch of games that has the Red Raiders playing four of six away from home and against some of the front runners in the Big 12. Tech will play back-to-back road games at Baylor (Jan. 1) and Oklahoma (Feb. 4).

Texas Tech has recently found itself in the unfortunate position of playing a team that was welcoming back its leading scorer from an injury. At Kansas, All-America Raef LaFrentz played for the first time since breaking his right hand in December and tallied 31 points and 15 rebounds in the Jayhawk victory. A week earlier in Austin, Texas guard Kris Clack returned from a knee injury and chipped in nine points and five rebounds off the bench in UT's 88-79 win over the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech is 0-2 against Associated Press ranked teams this season, having lost 81-62 at No. 14 New Mexico and 88-49 at No. 3 Kansas.

Cory Carr (1st), Rayford Young (4th) and Stan Bonewitz (6th) are among the leaders in the Big 12 Conference in minutes played. Baylor, with Brian Skinner (2nd) and Patrick Hunter (5th), is the only other conference team to place two players among the top six. Nebraska's Tyronn Lue ranks third in the league in playing time.

Texas Tech ranks third in the Big 12 Conference in free throw shooting at 68.9 percent. Cory Carr (89.6) and Rayford Young (84.0) rank 1-2 currently. Tech struggled early this season from the line, shooting 59.1 percent after three games. Since then, Tech has been better than 90 percent twice, 80 percent once and 70 percent four times. Tech shot 93.3 (14-of-15) against New Mexico and 92.9 (26 of 28) against Baylor. Texas Tech made 80.8 (21-of-26) percent against Nevada, where the Red Raiders made their last 16 attempts - including all 12 in overtime.

Texas Tech head coach James Dickey started the same lineup for the first 12 games this season. However, he switched up the starting five for the Baylor game, starting senior Brock Barnes and freshman Johnny Phillips for the first time in their careers. Tech has started Phillips, Cliff Owens, Cory Carr, Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young the last five games. The starting guard trio of Carr, Bonewitz and Young have started every game. Both Carr and Bonewitz have started every game for the past two seasons, a total of 45 consecutive contests.

Texas Tech has utilized three different starting combinations this 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 1992-93 season, Texas Tech is starting only two upperclassmen (seniors and juniors). The Red Raiders have started at least two seniors for the majority of the campaign in all but three of James Dickey's seven seasons as head coach, 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1997-98. Only once this season - against Baylor when Cory Carr and Brock Barnes started - has Tech featured two seniors in the lineup. For much of the year, Tech fashioned one senior, one junior and three sophomores in the starting five. Of late, the first unit has included one senior, one junior, two sophomores and a freshman.

Texas Tech has won 50 of its last 56 games in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum for an .893 winning percentage in the friendly confines since early in the 1993-94 season. Before 1996-97, the Red Raiders had not lost two games at home since the 1993-94 campaign. From 1993-94 against Texas A&M until the Colorado game last season, Texas Tech won a school-record 35 consecutive games at home. All-time, Texas Tech is 386-150 in the "Bubble." The Red Raiders own a 66-18 mark under James Dickey at home.

Texas Tech has dropped its first three conference road games this season and is 2-6 overall away from home this season. m Last year, Tech and Kansas were the only two Big 12 teams to post winning records away from home in conference play. The Red Raiders were 5-3 on the road against Big 12 teams, ranking only behind the Jayhawks' impressive 7-1 mark.

To show just how far the Red Raiders have progressed in the James Dickey era, 48 of Dickey's 60 conference wins have occurred in the last five seasons, including '97-98. Tech won 10 league games in 1993-94, 11 in '94-95, 14 in '95-96, and 10 in '96-97. Since 1993-94, Texas Tech is 48-17 (.738) against conference opponents in regular-season games.

Texas Tech trails its opponents by a 3.1 rebound margin, which ranks last in the Big 12. The Red Raiders have been outrebounded 11 times in 17 games this year. The loss of Tony Battie and Gionet Cooper is a good indication why Tech has struggled on the boards. That duo combined for over half (50.8) of Tech's rebounds a year ago.

Last season Texas Tech played eight games that were decided by five points or less. This season, Tech has been involved in three such contests - the 79-76 win over Kansas State, the 66-63 loss at Oklahoma State, and the 99-94 overtime victory at Nevada.

In its nine victories, Texas Tech has made the most of the second half. The Red Raiders have trailed four times at halftime. Only once in its nine wins, against George Washington, has Tech shot worse in the second half than the first. Here's the breakdown in Tech's nine wins:

Game                    Result      Halftime   1st FG%   2nd FG% 1st Pts 2nd Pts

George Washington       W, 80-57     38-35      52.2      51.9     38      42

Southwestern Louisiana  W,106-97     37-38      50.0      72.0     37      69

Southwest Mo. St.       W, 79-71     34-39      42.9      57.1     34      45

Prairie View A&M        W, 86-63     41-26      41.5      53.3     41      45

Nevada                  W, 99-94 (ot)28-45      40.0      56.4     28      44 (27 in ot)

S.F. Austin             W, 83-57     36-29      43.3      62.1     36      47

Iowa State              W, 66-55     27-24      37.0      54.2     27      39

Kansas State            W, 79-76     28-33      35.0      67.7     28      51

Missouri                W, 80-60     44-28      42.9      50.0     44      36

Senior Cory Carr has either led or tied for the team lead in scoring 14 times this season. Rayford Young has led the team twice in scoring, while Cliff Owens earned his first game-high scoring performance at Texas with 22 points. When Rayford Young led Texas Tech against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 30 with 21 points, it marked the first time this season Carr had not either led or been tied for the team lead in scoring. Last season, no one other than Carr or Tony Battie led the Red Raiders in scoring in the team's 28 games.

Senior Cory Carr is second in career scoring among current Big 12 Conference players with 1,673 points. Kansas All-American Raef LaFrentz has 1,843 points to lead the conference among active players. Although Carr ranks second among the top six scorers, he ranks sixth in that group in career starts. Carr only became a full-time starter at the beginning of his junior season.

Cory Carr, the Big 12's leading free throw shooter, is making 89.6 percent of his tries from the charity stripe to lead the Big 12 Conference. Carr has made 57 of his last 62 FTs (91.9). He had made 26 straight until two misses against Iowa State. The senior swingman has been 8-for-8 from the line in three games this season and 8-for-9 in four other games.

Cory Carr has scored in double digits in 38 consecutive games, dating back to last season's Fresno State contest in Las Vegas.

Cory Carr has scored 20 or more points 13 times in 17 games this season. He has been held under 20 by Kansas, Texas, Old Dominion and Prairie View A&M. He has scored 30 or more four times this year.

Cory Carr became the seventh Texas Tech player to surpass 1,600 career points, doing so at Texas. Carr has scored 1,673 and moved into sixth place against the Longhorns, passing Sean Gay and Will Flemons. The senior guard from Kingsland, Ark., needs 17 points to pass Jim Reed and move into fifth place on Tech's all-time scoring chart.

Although it will take an All-American effort, Cory Carr could become only the third Red Raider to reach the 2,000-point plateau. The senior guard would need to score a single-season school record 724 points in 1997-98 to reach a career mark that only Rick Bullock and Jason Sasser have attained at Texas Tech.

Known for his long-range shooting and uncanny passing ability, Stan Bonewitz has added another facet to his game this season - rebounding. The San Antonio junior came into the season with a career rebounding average of 2.1. He has doubled that mark this year with a 4.7 average, which ranks second on the team. Twice this season, against Iowa State and Prairie View A&M, Bonewitz grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. He is averaging 4.4 rebounds in conference games. For the year, Bonewitz has five or more rebounds in nine games.

Junior guard Stan Bonewitz has made at least three treys in the last 14 games and in 15 overall this season. For the year, Bonewitz is shooting 42.6 percent (52 of 122) from three-point range. He is actually shooting better from three-point range than from inside the stripe (16-of-43, 37.2.) and overall (68-of-165, 41.2) He led the Big 12 in three-point percentage last season with a 46.3 mark.

Rayford Young, second behind teammate Cory Carr in the Big 12 Conference in free throw percentage, is shooting 84.0 percent. He has made 51 of his last 55 FT attempts (92.7). Twice this season he has 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.

At only 5-foot-11, Rayford Young is the little man on Tech's roster. Nevertheless, Young is averaging 3.8 rebounds, has grabbed three or more boards in 13 games and is tied for third on the team with eight blocks. He tallied a career-high tying six rebounds against Iowa State and then topped that with nine, all in the first half, against Oklahoma State. He claimed three of his blocks in one game against George Washington. Of course, for one of the few times in his career, Young had the height advantage over GW's 5-4 Shawnta Rogers.

Sophomore Cliff Owens ranks fifth in the Big 12 with 8.3 rebounds per game. The Santa Fe, Texas, product ranks second with 9.9 per contest in Big 12 games. He lost his starting job for the Baylor game, but has since played the best basketball of his young career with 11.2 points and 11.4 rebounds over the last five games. Those totals include a career and game-high 22 points and 18 rebounds at Texas.

Since returning to action in December at New Mexico, Da'Mon Roberts has averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in nine games off the bench. He was unable to play until the end of the fall semester due to NCAA satisfactory progress regulations. Roberts scored eight points against both New Mexico and Stephen F. Austin. Against the 14th-ranked Lobos, he established a career high with nine rebounds. Roberts, who transferred to Tech from Odessa College, played in 22 games in 1995-96. He received a medical redshirt last season after playing in only two games.

The only freshman to see any action this season, Johnny Phillips has started the last five games. He had seven points and six rebounds against Kansas State. Phillips, who is averaging 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds, tied his career-high with nine boards at No. 3 Kansas. Against Baylor, the 6-8 center responded to his first career start with a season-high 24 minutes while scoring six points. Since becoming a starter, the 6-0 Fort Worth center has averaged 5.4 points and 5.0 rebounds. Prior to earning a start, Phillips had been the first player off the bench six times.

Senior guard Archie Myers, one of Texas Tech's top subs off the bench, has turned in key performances in several games this season. He hit three shots and scored seven points against Iowa State. At Kansas, Myers tallied six points and grabbed four boards. He had a career-high 12 points as well as five assists and five rebounds against Prairie View A&M. The Fort Worth guard also provided a spark for Tech against George Washington with 11 points and five rebounds.

Senior Brock Barnes of Perryton, Texas is the Tech veteran with five years in the program. After redshirting in 1993-94, Barnes playing sparingly for the next three years. This season he has made his first career start and has twice been the first sub off the bench. Barnes, the former Texas 3A player of the year, has played 117 minutes, which is more than each of the previous three seasons combined (106).

Freshman Kevin Clayton of Amarillo, Texas, who had been out of practice due to a sprained right foot since Jan. 6, returned to work outs with the Red Raiders on Jan. 22. The 6-5 guard, who is expected to redshirt this year, has not played in any games.


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