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Texas Tech Forward Cliff Owens to Miss Colorado Game

Red Raiders' leading rebounder suffered concussion against Texas A&M Saturday.

Feb. 9, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University sophomore forward Cliff Owens (Santa Fe, Texas), who suffered a concussion in Saturday's 102-75 win over Texas A&M, will not travel to Colorado when the Red Raiders (12-8, 6-4) depart for Boulder on Tuesday morning.

The 6-foot-8 Owens is being held out of Wednesday's game against Colorado (11-9, 5-5) for precautionary reasons, according to Texas Tech men's basketball trainer Jon Murray. Owens spent Saturday night in Lubbock's Methodist Hospital and underwent a CAT Scan, which was negative. He suffered a grade two concussion and a cut to his mouth midway through the first half of Saturday's game.

Owens, among the Big 12 Conference's leading rebounders with 8.0 overall and 8.8 in league action, played only three minutes Saturday. He has started 19 of Texas Tech's 20 games and is averaging 9.8 points overall and 8.8 in Big 12 play. Owens is shooting 59.4 percent from the field this season.

Texas Tech, now tied for third in the Big 12 with Oklahoma State, has won four straight leading up to Wednesday's 8:00 p.m CT match up with the Buffaloes. Colorado holds a 10-3 series edge, including an 80-78 win last year in Lubbock that ended Tech's school-record 35-game winning streak at home.

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