Raiders Look To Reverse Fortunes at Missouri
January 31, 1999
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Teams: Texas Tech (10-11, 2-6 Big 12) at Missouri (15-4, 6-2 big 12) Date: Feb. 3, 1999 7 p.m. (central) Site: Hearnes Center (13,300) Coaches: Texas Tech - James Dickey (Central Arkansas, '76), 142-83 (8th Season at TTU & Overall). Missouri - Norm Stewart (Missouri '56), 726-360 (38th Season Overall), 629-328 (32nd Season at MU) Texas Tech Radio: All Sports Radio Network [KCRM-FM (99.5) & KKAM-AM (1340) in Lubbock]. Jack Dale, play-by-play. Television: None Leading Scorers: Texas Tech - Rayford Young (14.4 ppg); Missouri - Albert White (16.2 ppg) Leading Rebounders: Texas Tech - Cliff Owens (7.4 rpg); Missouri - Albert White (8.7 rpg)1998-99 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) 20/19 12.4 7.4 Missed 2 starts w/injury 33 Brodney Kennard F 6-6 190 Jr.-Tr Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest/Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Tyler JC) 21/5 4.0 4.5 10 straight gms w/blkd shot 25 Johnny Phillips C 6-9 250 So.-1L Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest) 21/21 6.7 3.3 .586 from field 3 Rayford Young G 5-11 175 Jr.-2L Pampa, Texas (Pampa) 16/12 14.4 2.8 3.8 assists per game 5 James Ware G/F 6-4 195 Jr.-Tr Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins/Colorado State/Midland College) 21/3 5.5 1.9 .433 from 3-pt line Reserves 11 Jevon Banks G 5-10 150 So.-Tr Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley/Midland College) 20/8 4.7 1.8 2.1 assists per game 14 Mario Layne F 6-6 180 Jr.-Tr Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados (South Plains College) 21/18 7.0 3.8 .479 from field 15 Stan Bonewitz G 6-3 185 Sr.-3L San Antonio, Texas (East Central) 18/18 12.0 4.4 will miss MU 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/Colorado State/McLennan CC) 21/1 4.1 2.4 .711 from ft line 55 Andy Ellis C 6-10 205 Fr.-HS Lamesa, Texas (Lamesa) 21/0 7.7 4.4 9.5/5.6 avgs in conf. gmsHead Coach: James Dickey (Central Arkansas, 1976); Assistant Coaches: Greg Pinkney (Wayland Baptist, 1986), Robert Brashear (Texas Tech, 1990), James Rike (Texas Tech, 1996); Men's Basketball Trainer: Jon Murray (Texas A&M, 1997)
So Far This Season... Texas Tech is 10-11 on the season and 2-6 in Big 12 Conference games ... Six different players have led Texas Tech in scoring, while seven different players have been rebounding leaders this season ... Texas Tech is 8-3 at home this season, 1-6 on the road and 1-2 at neutral sites ... Stan Bonewitz and Cliff Owens missed the Iowa State game due to injuries. Owens returned to the floor against Texas A&M, while Bonewitz is expected to be out of action until possibly Feb. 6 against Texas ... Rayford Young missed five games due to an ankle injury and a streak of nine-straight starts during mid-season and is still about 75 percent ... Texas Tech has featured a different starting lineup in five of the last six games ... Andy Ellis is the Big 12's leading overall freshman, ranking second in rebounding (4.4) second in scoring (7.7) and third in blocks (0.6) ... Ellis has led Texas Tech in rebounding in six of the last seven games ... The Red Raiders clinched its eighth-straight winning record at home against Texas A&M on Jan. 13 and clinched a losing record on the road on Jan. 27 at Texas A&M.
Last Time Out... Texas Tech made just three of its 15 three-point field goal attempts and recorded its lowest scoring output at home this season in a 72-54 loss to Oklahoma at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Rayford Young led Texas Tech with 16 points, while Cliff Owens added 10. Andy Ellis and James Ware were the Red Raider rebounding leaders with five each. For the second-straight meeting, OU's Eric Martin was a major nemesis for the Red Raiders. He scored 12 second-half points to aid the Sooners' cause in Norman and tallied a team-high 26 points in this game. Eduardo Najera did not enjoy a good shooting night, hitting just six of 20 attempts, but grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, blocked two shots and recorded four steals. After falling behind by as many as 19 points in the first half, Texas Tech pulled to within nine points midway in the second half but was unable to get any closer. NOTES The 18-point loss was the worst at home this season, second to the 14-point loss to Oklahoma State ... Brodney Kennard has blocked at least one shot in 10-straight games ... Texas Tech was swept in the regular-season by Oklahoma for the first time ever in the series between the two schools ... Oklahoma did not practice until late the night before because of travel delays due to a snowstorm in Lubbock ... The precipitation made its way into the Coliseum through some roof repair the building was undergoing on Friday ... OU's Ryan Humphrey's five blocks was the most for an opponent against Texas Tech this season. 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 142-83 record, a winning percentage of .631. 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 92-46 for a .669 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 Missouri The Tigers are 15-4 on the season and 6-2 in the big 12. Missouri has won three-straight games, including a 71-63 road win at Kansas that started the streak. The Tigers also defeated Kansas State 70-63 and, most recently, knocked-off Baylor by a 73-55 margin on Saturday. Missouri averages 12.623 fans per game at home at the Hearnes Center, while coach norm Stewart is one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history. Junior Albert White, a transfer from Michigan, is the team's leading scorer and rebounder, with 16.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Senior John Woods, a native of McKinney, Texas, is the only other Tiger in double figures with 12.4 points per game.
The Series Texas Tech and Missouri have played five times in history with the Red Raiders enjoying a 3-2 series advantage. The series is tied 1-1 in Columbia, while Texas Tech has won the last two meetings. James Dickey is 2-0 against Missouri, while Norm Stewart is 1-2 against the Red Raiders. Stewart, a 1956 grad of Missouri, is one of two Big 12 coaches who played against Texas Tech in college. His Big Seven Conference Tigers won a 92-60 meeting in Columbia early in the 1955-56 season. Texas A&M's Melvin Watkins (UNC Charlotte) is the other Big 12 coach to have played against Texas Tech. Rayford Young averages 15.0 points in his two games against Missouri, while Stan Bonewitz has a 9.0 average, Cliff Owens averages 4.5 points and 5.0 rebounds. Johnny Phillips scored six last year.
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 returned to the court (off the bench) in the Texas A&M contest, while Bonewitz is expected to miss at least four games (including MU).
Starting Lineup Changes The Red Raiders have started four different combinations in the last five 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 SF PF C KSU Banks Bonewitz Layne Owens Phillips A&M Banks Bonewitz Kennard Owens Phillips OSU Young Bonewitz Kennard Owens Phillips ISU Young Ware Layne Kennard Phillips A&M Young Ware Layne Kennard Phillips OU Young Ware Kennard Owens Phillips
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.
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 8-3 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 70 games in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum for an .853 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 394-156 in the "Bubble." The Red Raiders own a 76-23 mark under James Dickey at home for a .755 winning percentage.
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