Feb. 6, 1998
ABOUT TEXAS TECH
Streaking Texas Tech (11-8, 5-4) finally returns home to Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The Red Raiders, who host Texas A&M (6-13, 0-9) at 3:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, have won three straight and four of the last five thanks to Wednesday's 70-68 come-from-behind win at Oklahoma. Cory Carr paved the way for Tech's third straight win in Norman with the game-winning basket with 3.9 seconds left. Carr leads the Big 12 in scoring with 23.9 points per game. Sophomore Rayford Young (15.6) and junior Stan Bonewitz (12.6) round out Tech's terrific trio of starting guards. Sophomore Cliff Owens (10.2) is among the Big 12's leading rebounders (8.4). Freshman Johnny Phillips (4.2, 2.5) has been a starter the last seven games.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M
1997-98 has been a frustrating season for head coach Tony Barone's Texas A&M Aggies. A&M is 6-13 overall and winless in the Big 12 at 0-9. The Aggies are coming off a disappointing 81-80 home loss on ESPN Monday night to Texas. Shanne Jones is A&M's top scorer (18.0) and second leading rebounder (6.8). Calvin Davis is second in scoring (13.8) and first in rebounding (7.1), but is out with a back injury. Nine different players have started for the Aggies, while only Larry Thompson has started all 19 contests. Jones is the only player averaging double figures in conference play (19.8). In Lubbock Saturday, Texas A&M will be looking for its first victory since a 105-60 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Dec. 21. The Aggies won their first four games and first six of nine. However, A&M has dropped its last 10 games entering Saturday's match up.
The Red Raiders have won three straight in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum and six consecutive games over the Aggies overall. All-time, Tech holds a slight 49-45 series edge. The Red Raiders also lead the series in Lubbock, 28-12. A&M has dropped three in a row in the Hub City since winning the last time in 1993-94, 89-88. Coincidentally, that Aggie victory was the last win by a Red Raider opponent until Colorado won last season, marking a school-record 35-game home winning streak. The two teams played in Lubbock in last year's regular-season finale, a 77-66 Texas Tech win.
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 10.2 8.4 Nine rebounds in 2nd half at OU
25 C Johnny Phillips 6-8 225 Fr. Fort Worth, Texas 4.2 2.5 Most starts as a frosh since '92-93
3 G Rayford Young 5-11 175 So. Pampa, Texas 15.6 3.7 Team-high 81 assists, 34 steals
15 G Stan Bonewitz 6-3 195 Jr. San Antonio, Texas 12.6 4.8 Hit five 3's against the Sooners
21 G Cory Carr 6-4 210 Sr. Kingsland, Ark. 23.9 5.0 Sank game winner at Oklahoma
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 0.9 1.5 Made key plays at Baylor, OU
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 3.5 2.3 Played in 12 games since return
44 G Archie Myers 6-3 190 Sr. Fort Worth, Texas 4.1 1.8 Out with stomach ailment since BU
51 C Ross Carmichael 6-10 240 So. Dallas, Texas 3.7 4.5 Started first 12 games at center
The Big 12's leading scorer at 23.9 points per game, national player of the year candidate Cory Carr has scored 20 or more points 15 times in 19 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 40 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.
Texas Tech is back on the road next week for a match up at Colorado. Game time in Boulder will be 8:00 p.m. CT. The Red Raiders then return home to play their first back-to-back conference games in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum against Texas (Feb. 14) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 18).
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 130-66 record, a winning percentage of .663. 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 80-29 for a .734 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
Cory Carr's basket with 3.9 seconds left was the game-winner in a frantic 70-68 come-from-behind win at Oklahoma Wednesday. Tech, winning for the third time in a row in Norman, erased a nine-point deficit in the last 2:13 to win for the third straight time. Carr scored a game-high 26 points, while Stan Bonewitz tied his season high of five three-pointers. Corey Brewer scored a game-high 22 points for the Sooners. Freshman Ryan Humphrey notched a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tech trailed by 13 at halftime and by as many as 14 early in the second half. Oklahoma got the lead in the first half with an early 12-0 run and then finished the period with an 18-8 spurt. In the second, Tech chipped away after falling behind by 14, and at one point, outscored the Sooners 13-0 and 16-2. The Red Raiders eventually took the lead at 54-53 with 8:59 to play when Rayford Young hit a five-foot jumper. However, Oklahoma reeled off a 11-2 run and appeared to have the game in hand until Tech's come back.
THREE IN A ROW
Texas Tech has won three consecutive conference games and two straight on the road. Tech won three straight regular-season Big 12 games twice last season. The Red Raiders also won three in a row on the road last January at Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Kansas State. COMEBACKS
Texas Tech has made drastic second-half comebacks the last two games. At Oklahoma, the Red Raiders erased a 13-point halftime deficit and were down by 14 early in the second half. Tech also erased OU's nine-point lead in the final 2:13 of the game. Just three days earlier at Baylor, the Red Raiders were behind five points at halftime and by 11 with 13:31 to play in the game.
"CARR-DIAC KID STUNS SOONERS"
It was an appropriate headline (Daily Oklahoman, 2/5) for Tech's All-America candidate. Cory Carr, who scored 19 second-half points and 26 overall, hit the game-winner at Oklahoma with 3.9 seconds left. During the postgame press conference, Carr said it was his first game-winning shot at any level of his basketball career.
HITTING THE 3
In conference games, the Red Raiders are second behind Kansas in three-point field goal percentage (38.7) and first in 3's made per game (8.2). Overall, Tech is fourth (36.2) and third (7.4) in those categories, respectively. During its three-game winning streak, Tech has averaged 9.5 three-pointers per game, and over the last six games, Tech is above its season average with 8.7 a game.
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 three games against Missouri (60), Baylor (71) and Oklahoma (68), Tech has allowed a combined 66.3. Furthermore, 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-low 11 points, while holding Baylor's Patrick Hunter to a season-low three points.
ON THE BOARDS
For one of the few times this season, Texas Tech won the war of the boards at Oklahoma, 36-31. In fact, for the first time in a conference game and for only the second time this year, the Red Raiders outrebound an opponent both offensively (12-8) and defensively (24-23). Texas Tech trails its opponents by a 3.1 rebound margin, which ranks last in the Big 12. The Red Raiders have been outrebounded 13 times in 19 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.
For the first time all season, Texas Tech actually shot worse than an opponent and still won. Going into the Oklahoma game, the Red Raiders have been 0-7 when shooing a lower percentage than its opponent. On the other hand, Tech is now 10-1 when shooting better than their foes. Thanks to the Big 12's good pressure defense, Tech has shot 50% or better only twice in its nine league games. Overall, Tech has made half its shots five times this season.
WANTED: BENCH HELP
For the last two games against Baylor and Oklahoma, Texas Tech has not had a single point from its bench. All 80 points at Baylor and 70 at Oklahoma were scored by the starting five. Tech's bench has been outscored in all but four games, and only once in the Big 12 (Baylor, 1/13), has Tech's reserves scored more than their counterparts. Tech's subs are averaging 9.9 points, while the opponents are scoring 18.9 off the bench.
ON THE ROAD
Texas Tech has made a marked turnaround on the road this week, winning at Oklahoma and Baylor. The Red Raiders snapped a three-game conference road losing streak 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.
KEEP THE BAGS PACKED
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. Texas Tech will wrap up the difficult stretch at Colorado on Wednesday and will then look forward to playing three of the last five at home. However, a two-game road trip at Texas A&M and Nebraska remains for the Red Raiders. Plus, the home schedule is a grind with South Division foes A&M, Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma invading Lubbock Municipal Coliseum down the stretch.
Texas Tech sophomore point guard Rayford Young has bounced back from a recent slump. During Tech's three-game win streak, he has averaged 19.7 points and shot 54.3 percent overall and 50.0 from three-point range. He was also outstanding during Tech's two wins on the road, making only three turnovers in 72 minutes of playing time. Tech's second leading scorer with 15.6 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.
TECH'S TERRIFIC TRIO
Texas Tech's outstanding guard combination of Cory Carr, Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young are accounting for 52.2 of Tech's 76.6 points per game. The three players have started all 19 games and account for 68.1 percent of the Red Raiders' offensive production. The trio has made 134 of Tech's 140 three-pointers and have attempted 334 of the team's 359 shots from beyond the arc. Combined, the trio is making 85.6 percent from the free throw line.
CARR TECH'S ALL-TIME LEADING THREE-POINT SHOOTER
Senior Cory Carr broke Koy Smith's all-time three-point mark against Oklahoma, surpassing the mark of 237. For his career, Carr now has 240 3's.
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.
Cory Carr (1st), Rayford Young (4th) and Stan Bonewitz (5th) are among the top five leaders in the Big 12 Conference in minutes played. Both Carr and Bonewitz played all 40 minutes at Oklahoma, marking the first time two Red Raiders have played every minute in the same game this season. No other team has two players in the top five in playing time, much less, three. Nebraska's Tyronn Lue ranks second in the league in average minutes.
FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Texas Tech ranks third in the Big 12 Conference in free throw shooting at 69.1 percent. Cory Carr (89.9) ranks first in the league, while Rayford Young (84.0) is 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 five 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.
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 seven games. Both Carr and Bonewitz have started every game for the past two seasons, a total of 47 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 (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.
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 seven games. His seven 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 5.1 points and 4.1 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.
BIG 12 ACTIVE CAREER SCORERS
Senior Cory Carr is second in career scoring among current Big 12 Conference players with 1,730 points. Kansas All-American Raef LaFrentz has 1,880 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.
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
With its back-to-back road wins at Baylor and Oklahoma, Tech is now 4-6 on the road this year, 2-3 in conference play away from home. 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, 50 of Dickey's 62 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 50-17 (.746) against conference opponents in regular-season games.
STREAKING IN THE SECOND HALF
In its 11 victories, Texas Tech has made the most of the second half. The Red Raiders have trailed six times at halftime in those games. Only once in its 11 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
Oklahoma W, 70-68 26-39 37.0 48.4 26 44
Last season Texas Tech played eight games that were decided by five points or less. This season, Tech has been involved in four such contests - the 70-68 win at Oklahoma, the 79-76 win over Kansas State, the 66-63 loss at Oklahoma State, and the 99-94 overtime victory at Nevada.
Senior Cory Carr has either led or tied for the team lead in scoring 16 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.
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 69 of his last 75 FTs (92.0). 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 five other games.
Cory Carr has scored in double digits in 40 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 15 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 1,730 points and moved into fifth place against the Bears, passing Jim Reed. The senior guard from Kingsland, Ark., needs 31 points to move into fourth place ahead of Bubba Jennings (1,760, 1982-85) and 33 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 4.8 rebounds in conference games. For the year, Bonewitz has five or more rebounds in 11 games.
FROM LONG RANGE
Junior guard Stan Bonewitz has made at least three treys in the last 15 of 16 games. He tied his season high of five against Oklahoma. He made two 3s against Baylor, stopping a streak of 14 straight games with three or more treys. For the year, Bonewitz is shooting 42.1 percent (59 of 140) from three-point range. He is actually shooting better from three-point range than from inside the stripe (19-of-47, 40.4) and overall (78-of-187, 41.7). He led the Big 12 in three-point percentage last season with a 46.3 mark.
Stan Bonewitz tied his season-high of five three-pointers in 11 attempts from long range. A couple of three 3's were of his normal NBA, downtown type variety. Asked why he took one of his longer attempts (an assistant coach said his foot was in the "U" of the "OU" at center court on a shot that just missed), the San Antonio junior said simply, "I was open."
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.
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 15 games and is third on the team with 10 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 8.5 rebounds per game. The Santa Fe, Texas, product ranks second with 9.7 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 10.9 points and 10.6 rebounds over the last six contests. Those totals include a career and game-high 22 points and 18 rebounds at Texas. Owens has 10 or more rebounds six times this season and has notched four double-doubles.
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 129 minutes, which is more than each of the previous three seasons combined (106).