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Men's Basketball Travels to Oklahoma

Red Raiders coming off back-to-back Big 12 wins.

Feb. 3, 1998

ABOUT TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech (10-8, 4-4) has won back-to-back Big 12 games for the first time this year. The Red Raiders, coming off an 80-71 win at Baylor, remains on the road to play at Oklahoma (16-6, 7-2) on Wednesday in Norman, Okla., at 7:00 p.m. CT. Cory Carr, the Big 12's leading scorer with 23.8 points per game, scored 31 points at Baylor, 20 after halftime. Rayford Young (15.9) and Stan Bonewitz (12.3) round out Tech's talented three-guard lineup. Cliff Owens, among the Big 12 leaders in rebounds (8.3), averages 10.3 points. Freshman Johnny Phillips has started the last six games and averages 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA
Head coach Kelvin Sampson's Sooners are 16-6 overall, 7-2 in the Big 12 Conference. The Sooners, second behind Kansas in the Big 12, beat Texas A&M Saturday, 80-71. All-America candidate Corey Brewer is fourth in the Big 12 with 20.1 points and ranks second behind Cory Carr in Big 12 games with 24.2 per contest. OU has been hampered by injuries recently. Eduardo Najera, the team's second leading scorer with 11.1, has a stress fracture. Talented freshman Ryan Humphrey, the team's leading rebounder (6.5), was limited against Texas A&M, playing only 19 minutes in the win over the Aggies.

THE SERIES Oklahoma snapped a three-game losing streak against Texas Tech last February with a 66-60 win at Lubbock. All-time, OU leads the series 10-9. The Red Raiders, who trail 3-7 in Norman, have won there the last two seasons in the 11,100-seat Lloyd Noble Center. In a non-conference game in 1995-96, Tech won 81-69 in Lloyd Noble and claimed a come-from-behind, 67-62, victory over the Sooners last January in Norman.

TEXAS TECH TENTATIVE LINEUP
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  Among Big 12 rebounds leaders
25  C   Johnny Phillips  6-8  225  Fr.  Fort Worth, Texas   4.0  2.5  Tied career high of 9 boards at KU
 3  G   Rayford Young    5-11 175  So.  Pampa, Texas       15.9  3.7  9-of-15 3P FG in last two games
15  G   Stan Bonewitz    6-3  195  Jr.  San Antonio, Texas 12.3  4.8  Perfect in FT in Big 12 (15-15)
21  G   Cory Carr        6-4  210  Sr.  Kingsland, Ark.    23.8  4.9  Scored 31 at Baylor; 10 rebounds

TEXAS TECH RESERVES
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     1.0  1.6  Made key plays at Baylor
40  G   Andrew Patterson 6-3  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       3.8  2.5  Played in 11 games since return
44  G   Archie Myers     6-3  190  Sr.  Fort Worth, Texas   4.1  1.8  Limited by virus at Baylor
51  C   Ross Carmichael  6-10 240  So.  Dallas, Texas       3.9  4.6  Started first 12 games at center

CORY CARR
The Big 12's leading scorer at 23.8 points per game, national player of the year candidate Cory Carr has scored 20 or more points 14 times in 18 games this year. He has scored 30 or more points five times in 1997-98. Carr has scored 30 or more versus Big 12 opponents against Baylor twice and Kansas State. 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 39 consecutive games.

WOODEN, NAISMITH AWARDS
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. Carr was also one of the 10 preseason candidates for the Naismith player of the year award.

UPCOMING
Texas Tech ends the two-game road swing on Saturday when the Red Raiders host the Texas A&M Aggies. Game time is 3:00 p.m. in the 8,174-seat Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The game is part of the Big 12 television package via ESPN Regional. Locally in Lubbock, the game will be carried by KUPT (Channel 22, Cox Cable channel 15).

HEAD COACH JAMES DICKEY
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 129-66 record, a winning percentage of .662. 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 79-29 for a .731 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.

LAST TIME OUT
Texas Tech snapped a two-game losing streak to Baylor and ended a three-game conference road losing streak with an 80-71 win over the Bears. Cory Carr scored a game-high 31 points, while Rayford Young tallied 22. After trailing 43-38 at halftime, Tech fell behind by 11 points with 13:46 to play. Tech then reeled off a 22-4 run to build a 70-63 lead. Baylor didn't score a field goal for 8:52 during Tech's go-ahead run. Brian Skinner, who scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, cut the Tech lead to four with 2:50 to play. However, Tech outscored the Bears 7-2 down the stretch and led by as many as 11, 80-69, with less than 10 seconds to play. Tech held guard Patrick Hunter to a season-low three points. Baylor's John Perkins hit four first-half three-pointers en route to 17 points.

GOOD DEFENSE
Texas Tech endured a four-game stretch against Baylor (90), Texas (88), Kansas State (76) and Kansas (88) where the Red Raiders allowed 85.5 points per game. Over the last two games against Missouri (60) and Baylor (71), Tech has allowed a combined 65.5. Futhermore, the Red Raiders have held some of the Big 12's best players in check recently. Tech limited Missouri's Kelly Thames to a Big 12 season-low 11 points, while holding Baylor's Patrick Hunter to a season-low three points.

ROAD WOES
Texas Tech snapped a three-game conference road losing streak on Sunday at Baylor. The three-game skid was 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 had not 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.

AWAY FROM HOME A LOT
Beginning with No. 3 Kansas on Jan. 24, Texas Tech began a stretch of games that had the Red Raiders playing three of four and four of six away from home. Two of Tech's next three games will be on the road.

BIG TURNAROUND
Texas Tech sophomore point guard Rayford Young has bounced back from a recent slump. The last two games, he has averaged 24.5 points and shot 62.5 percent overall and 60.0 from three-point range. Tech's second leading scorer with 15.9 points, Young came off one of his worst career performances at Kansas to turn in one of his best versus Missouri. The 5-11 Pampa product was scoreless for the first time this year at KU, 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. Prior to the Missouri game, Young was in a 6-for-34 slump, which included making only 2 of 14 from three-point range.

TIGER BY THE TAIL
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.

BURN THE TAPE
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 and Baylor. 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. At Baylor, Tech jumped out to a 9-0 lead.

SHOOTING IS THE KEY
The Red Raiders are now 10-1 when shooting better than their foes, 0-7 when they don't. Thanks to a 57.1 percent shooting performance in the second half at Baylor, the Red Raiders shot 50 percent for the game. It was only the second time in Tech's eight Big 12 games that the team has shot 50 percent or better. Overall, the Red Raiders have shot 50 percent five times in 1997-98.

TECH'S TERRIFIC TRIO
Texas Tech's outstanding guard combination of Cory Carr, Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young are accounting for 52.0 of Tech's 76.9 points per game. The three players have started all 18 games and account for 67.6 percent of the Red Raiders' offensive production. The trio has made 124 of Tech's 130 three-pointers and have attempted 334 of the team's 360 shots from beyond the arc. Each player is also shooting above 80 percent from the charity stripe, and combined, the trio is making 86.2 percent from the free throw line.

CARR LOOKS TO BREAK THREE-POINT MARK
Senior guard Cory Carr needs only one three-pointer to become Tech's all-time career leader in treys. He tied Koy Smith's mark of 235 with two three-pointers at Baylor.

WELCOME BACK???
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.

IRON MEN
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.

FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Texas Tech ranks third in the Big 12 Conference in free throw shooting at 68.8 percent. Cory Carr (89.9) ranks first in the league, while Rayford Young (84.0) is tied for second. 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 (1/13). 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.

THE LINEUP
Texas Tech head coach James Dickey has started the lineup of freshman center Johnny Phillips, sophomore forward Cliff Owens, senior Cory Carr, junior Stan Bonewitz and sophomore Rayford Young for the past six games. Both Carr and Bonewitz have started every game for the past two seasons, a total of 46 consecutive contests.

YOUTH MOVEMENT
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 (1/13) 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.

ROOKIE HELP
A total of nine true freshmen have started at least one game for Texas Tech during head coach James Dickey's seven years. The latest, freshman Johnny Phillips, has started the last six games. His six starts are the most by a true freshman since Jason Sasser and Lenny Holly started 19 and 14, respectively, in 1992-93. Lance Hughes also started 19 during his freshman year in 1991-92. Since becoming a starter, Phillips has averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. Prior to earning a start, Phillips had been the first player off the bench six times. Against Baylor on Jan. 13, the 6-8 center responded to his first career start with a season-high 24 minutes while scoring six points.

A COMPLETE PLAYER
Stan Bonewitz has provided Tech with an all-around steady game as the team's only junior. This season, the 6-4 San Antonio guard is one of only three Big 12 players along with Nebraska's Tyronn Lue and Cookie Belcher to average more than 10 points, four rebounds and four assists.

TOUGH AT HOME
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.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Texas Tech won its first Big 12 road game of the season Sunday at Baylor and is now 3-6 away from home this year. 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.

CONFERENCE WINS
To show just how far the Red Raiders have progressed in the James Dickey era, 49 of Dickey's 61 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 49-17 (.742) against conference opponents in regular-season games.

STREAKING IN THE SECOND HALF
In its 10 victories, Texas Tech has made the most of the second half. The Red Raiders have trailed five times at halftime in those games. Only once in its 10 wins, against George Washington, has Tech shot worse in the second half than the first.

Here's the breakdown in Tech's 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 (ot)             W, 99-94   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
Baylor                  W, 80-71   38-43   42.9    57.1    38      42

WANTED: BENCH HELP
All of Tech's 80 points came from its five starters in the win Sunday at Baylor. This season, Tech's opposition has outscored the Red Raider bench in all but four games. Only once in conference play, on Jan. 13 against Baylor, has Tech's reserves managed more points than its opposition's subs. For the season, Tech's subs are scoring 10.5 points per game, while the opponents are tallying 19.2 off the bench.

ON THE BOARDS
Texas Tech trails its opponents by a 3.5 rebound margin, which ranks last in the Big 12. The Red Raiders have been outrebounded 12 times in 18 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.

CLOSE CALLS
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.

LEADING SCORER
Senior Cory Carr has either led or tied for the team lead in scoring 15 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.

BIG 12 ACTIVE CAREER SCORERS
Senior Cory Carr is second in career scoring among current Big 12 Conference players with 1,704 points. Kansas All-American Raef LaFrentz has 1,868 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.

CARR FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
Cory Carr, the Big 12's leading free throw shooter, is making 89.9 percent of his tries from the charity stripe to lead the Big 12 Conference. Carr has made 60 of his last 65 FTs (92.3). 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.

DOUBLE FIGURES
Cory Carr has scored in double digits in 39 consecutive games, dating back to last season's Fresno State contest in Las Vegas.

20 OR MORE
Cory Carr has scored 20 or more points 14 times this season. He has been held under 20 by Kansas, Texas, Old Dominion and Prairie View A&M. He has scored 30 or more five times this year.

ON THE WAY UP
Cory Carr became the fifth Texas Tech player to surpass 1,700 career points, doing so with 31 at Baylor. Carr has scored 1,704 points and moved into fifth place against the Bears, passing Jim Reed. The senior guard from Kingsland, Ark., needs 57 points to move into fourth place ahead of Bubba Jennings (1,760, 1982-85) and 59 to surpass Lance Hughes (1,762, 1992-95) for third.

FOR 2,000 POINTS
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.

STAN THE REBOUNDER
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 4.8 average. Twice this season, against Iowa State and Prairie View A&M, Bonewitz grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. He is averaging 4.6 rebounds in conference games. For the year, Bonewitz has five or more rebounds in 10 games.

FROM LONG RANGE
Junior guard Stan Bonewitz has made at least three treys in the last 14 of 15 games. He made two 3s against Baylor, stopping a streak of 14 straight games with three or more treys. For the year, Bonewitz is shooting 41.9 percent (54 of 129) from three-point range. He is actually shooting better from three-point range than from inside the stripe (17-of-44, 38.6) and overall (71-of-173, 41.0). He led the Big 12 in three-point percentage last season with a 46.3 mark.

STRONG FROM THE LINE
Rayford Young, tied for second behind teammate Cory Carr in the Big 12 Conference in free throw percentage, is shooting 84.0 percent. He has made 56 of his last 61 FT attempts (91.8). 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.

BIG MAN
At only 5-foot-11, Rayford Young is the little man on Tech's roster. Nevertheless, Young is averaging 3.7 rebounds, has grabbed three or more boards in 14 games and is tied for third on the team with nine 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.

OWENS COMES ON OF LATE
Sophomore Cliff Owens ranks fifth in the Big 12 with 8.3 rebounds per game. The Santa Fe, Texas, product ranks second with 9.6 per contest in Big 12 games. He lost his starting job for the Baylor game (1/13), but has since played the best basketball of his young career with 11.3 points and 10.7 rebounds over the last six games. Those totals include a career and game-high 22 points and 18 rebounds at Texas.

MORE PLAYING TIME
Senior Brock Barnes of Perryton is the Tech veteran with five years in the program. He provided a key role in Sunday's win over Baylor, notching two steals and dishing out an assist in eight minutes of Tech's 80-71 victory. 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 125 minutes, which is more than each of the previous three seasons combined (106).

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