Feb. 9, 1998
TEXAS TECH TENTATIVE LINEUP
No. P Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG Notes
42 F Da'Mon Roberts 6-7 215 Sr. Dallas, Texas 4.2 2.6 Career high tying 12 points Saturday
25 C Johnny Phillips 6-8 225 Fr. Fort Worth, Texas 4.5 2.7 Scored 10 points against Aggies
3 G Rayford Young 5-11175 So. Pampa, Texas 16.1 3.8 20 points 3 times in last 4 games
15 G Stan Bonewitz 6-3 195 Jr. San Antonio, Texas12.7 4.8 Double figures last 8 games
21 G Cory Carr 6-4 210 Sr. Kingsland, Ark. 24.0 5.2 41 straight games in double digits
TEXAS TECH RESERVES
00 G Kevin Clayton 6-4 175 Fr. Amarillo, Texas 0.0 0.0 Expected to redshirt this season
5 G/F Brock Barnes 6-5 195 Sr. Perryton, Texas 1.5 1.5 Hit three straight 3's vs. A&M
13 F Cliff Owens (inj.) 6-8 245 So. Santa Fe, Texas 9.8 8.0 Out for CU due to concussion
40 G Andrew Patterson 6-3 185 So. Artesia, N.M. 0.4 0.7 Walk-on has played in 9 games
44 G Archie Myers 6-3 190 Sr. Fort Worth, Texas 3.9 1.8 Returned to action against A&M
51 C Ross Carmichael 6-10 240 So. Dallas, Texas 3.7 4.4 A top reserve for the Red Raiders
ABOUT TEXAS TECH
The Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-8, 6-4) have won four straight and five of their last six entering Wednesday's contest at Colorado (11-9,5-5). Game time is set for 8:00 p.m. CT in the 11,076-seat Coors Events/Conference Center. The Red Raiders have been as high as a tie for third in the Big 12 after rebounding from a 1-3 start to the conference season. Tech's resurgence has been led by a three-guard lineup headed by All-America candidate Cory Carr, who leads the Big 12 in scoring (24.0) and free throw percentage (90.3). Sophomore guard Rayford Young (16.1) has hit the 20-point mark three times in the last four games. Junior Stan Bonewitz (12.7) is among the conference leaders in three-point percentage (42.1) and 3's per game (3.1). Cliff Owens (9.8, 8.0), who played sparingly against Texas A&M due to a concussion, is among the Big 12 leaders in rebounding. However, with Owens out for the Colorado game, senior Da'Mon Roberts (4.2, 2.6) is expected to start against CU. Freshman Johnny Phillips (4.5, 2.7), a starter the last eight games, had his best Big 12 game against A&M with 10 points.
Colorado (11-9, 5-5) has won three of the last four games entering Wednesday's contest with Texas Tech. Despite the loss of All-America Chauncey Billups to the Boston Celtics, the Buffaloes are on the move. They have overcome a stretch where they lost six of eight and have now won five of their last seven. Coming off a 70-52 win over Iowa State at home, Colorado is led by Kenny Price (13.8), Ronnie DeGray (12.8), Charlie Melvin (10.5) and Marlon Hughes (10.4). DeGray (7.7) and Melvin (7.2) are the club's top rebounders.
Colorado, led by Chauncey Billups' last-second heroics, ended Texas Tech's school-record 35-game home winning streak last season, 80-78, on Jan. 11 on ESPN. All-time, Colorado leads the series 10-3, including 5-1 in Boulder. The two programs first met in 1959-60 in a 79-66 win by Colorado in Boulder. Wednesday will mark Tech's first trip to Colorado since a 76-75 overtime win there in 1984-85.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE CORY CARR
On track to being the Big 12's leading scorer for two consecutive seasons, national player of the year candidate Cory Carr is averaging 24.0 points per game overall and 24.6 in league play. The 6-foot-4 Kingsland, Ark., shooting guard has scored 20 or more points 16 times in 20 games this year. He has scored 30 or more points five times, including three times in Big 12 games. 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 41 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.
After Colorado, Texas Tech returns to the 8,174-seat Lubbock Municipal Coliseum for the team's only back-to-back Big 12 home games of the season. Saturday the Red Raiders host Texas at 3:00 p.m. and then square off with Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. Tech will then go back on the road for two consecutive away games at Texas A&M (Feb. 21) and Nebraska (Feb. 25). The Red Raiders conclude the regular season at home (Feb. 28) against Oklahoma.
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 131-66 record, a winning percentage of .665. 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 81-29 for a .736 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 and Rayford Young combined for 50 points as Texas Tech breezed to its easiest win of the season with a 102-75 victory over Texas A&M. The 27-point win margin was also Tech's widest in a Big 12 game. Hitting the 100-point plateau for the first time ever in the series, Texas Tech shot 58.0, the team's highest percentage ever in the Big 12. Cory Carr and Rayford Young each scored 25 points to lead six Red Raiders in double figures. Da'Mon Roberts came off the bench to match his career high of 12 points. Stan Bonewitz scored 14, while Johnny Phillips had his most productive conference game with 10 points. A&M's Shanne Jones scored 23 for the Aggies, who shot 41.8 percent from the floor.
TECH-A&M GAME NOTES
* Stan Bonewitz had a Tech season-high nine assists. * Tech's 102 points were the most allowed by A&M since 1994-95 and most scored by the Red Raiders in a Big 12 game. * Tech's 57 second-half points are the most scored by the Red Raiders in a half in Big 12 play.
TECH'S TERRIFIC TRIO
Texas Tech's outstanding starting guard combination of Cory Carr, Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young are accounting for 52.8 of Tech's 77.9 points per game. The three players have started all 20 games and account for 67.8 percent of the Red Raiders' offensive production. The trio has made 141 of Tech's 150 three-pointers and have attempted 67.9 percent of Texas Tech's 1,172 shots this season. They have also attempted 375 of Tech's 406 three-point attempts. Combined, the trio is making 86.0 percent from the free throw line.
BIG AT HOME, CLOSE ON THE ROAD
Texas Tech's Red Raiders have won three straight at home, with two of the victories over Missouri (20) and Texas A&M (27) coming by 20 or more points. On the other hand, Tech's wins at Baylor and Oklahoma were a little harder to come by. Tech won by nine at Waco and by only two in Norman.
FOUR IN A ROW
Texas Tech's four consecutive wins marks the team's longest regular-season streak in Big 12 action. The Red Raiders also won four consecutive games against conference teams last season, beating Texas, Missouri and Texas A&M in the regular season and Kansas State in the Big 12 tourney.
In securing the current four-game win streak, Texas Tech made drastic second-half comebacks at Oklahoma and Baylor. At OU, 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
The three-point shot has played a major factor in Tech's recent success. For the season, Texas Tech is shooting 36.9 percent from three-point range and averaging 7.5 treys a game. In conference play, the numbers are 39.8 percent and 8.4 a game. During the four-game winning streak, those numbers are up as Tech is averaging 9.8 3's while shooting 41.0 percent from beyond the arc.
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), Oklahoma (68) and Texas A&M (75), Tech has allowed a combined 68.5.
ON THE BOARDS
For the first time in Big 12 action this season, Texas Tech has outrebounded two consecutive opponents. Tech had a four-rebound margin over Texas A&M and and was plus-five against Oklahoma. At Oklahoma, for the first time in a conference game and for only the second time this year, the Red Raiders outrebounded an opponent both offensively (12-8) and defensively (24-23). Texas Tech trails its opponents by a 2.7 rebound margin, which ranks last in the Big 12. The Red Raiders have been outrebounded 13 times in 20 games this year.
SHOOTING IS THE KEY
How Tech has performed from the field has been the most solid indicator of how the team fares on the scoreboard. Tech is 11-1 when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponents, 1-7 when the Red Raiders do not. At Oklahoma, Texas Tech actually shot worse than an opponent and still won for the first time all season. Thanks to the Big 12's good pressure defense, Tech has shot 50% or better only three times in its 10 league games. Overall, Tech has hit 50 percent of its shots seven times this season and is undefeated in all of those games.
FINALLY, SOME BENCH HELP
Texas Tech's bench has been outscored in all but four games this year. In fact, the Red Raiders didn't get a single point off the bench in their wins at Baylor and Oklahoma. That changed against A&M as Da'Mon Roberts tied his career high of 12 points and Brock Barnes tallied a career best with nine. Only once in the Big 12 (Baylor, 1/13) has Tech's reserves scored more than their counterparts.
ON THE ROAD
Texas Tech has made a marked turnaround on the road, 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. 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.
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 Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma invading Lubbock Municipal Coliseum down the stretch.
An 0-for-9 performance at No. 3 Kansas led sophomore point guard Rayford Young to tears. However, the 5-11 Pampa, Texas, product has been a major factor in Tech's four-game winning streak. He has hit the 20-point mark three times and has made only 10 turnovers while averaging more than 34 minutes per game. He has averaged 21 points, 4.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds during the stretch. Tech's second leading scorer with 16.1 points, Young came off one of his worst career performances at Kansas to turn in one of his best versus Missouri. Young was scoreless for the first time this year at KU. 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.
STREAKING IN THE SECOND HALF
In its 12 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 12 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 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
Baylor W, 80-71 - 38-43 42.9 57.1 38 42
Oklahoma W, 70-68 - 26-39 37.0 48.4 26 44
Texas A&M W, 102-75 + 45-30 52.9 62.9 45 57
CARR TECH'S ALL-TIME LEADING THREE-POINT SHOOTER
Senior Cory Carr broke Koy Smith's all-time three-point record against Oklahoma, surpassing the mark of 237. For his career, Carr now has 242 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), Stan Bonewitz (4th) and Rayford Young (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. FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Texas Tech ranks third in the Big 12 Conference in free throw shooting at 69.4 percent. Cory Carr (90.3) ranks first in the league, while Rayford Young (84.3) 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 twice 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 eight games. Both Carr and Bonewitz have started every game for the past two seasons, a total of 48 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. 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 eight games. His eight 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 5.8 points and 4.4 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. He scored 10 points against Texas A&M for his most productive Big 12 game of the season.
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 1,755 points. Kansas All-American Raef LaFrentz has 1,902 points to lead the conference among active players. Although Carr ranks second among the top five scorers, he ranks fifth 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 51 of its last 57 games in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum for an .895 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 387-150 in the "Bubble." The Red Raiders own a 67-18 mark under James Dickey at home. LEAGUE WINS
To show just how far the Red Raiders have progressed in the James Dickey era, 51 of Dickey's 63 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 51-17 (.750) against conference opponents in regular-season games.
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 or been tied for the team lead in scoring three times, 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.
TURNING IT ON
Cory Carr has turned on the heat in the second half recently and, for the most part, all season. Carr scored 20 points in the second half at Baylor and tossed in 19 of his 26 points in the final 20 minutes at Oklahoma. The second-half performances are especially impressive considering the amount of minutes Carr plays per game. For the season, Carr is averaging 9.4 points in the first half, 14.6 in the second. Carr has played 34 or more minutes in every game but two. During the conference season, Carr has played 36 or more in every game.
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 41 consecutive games, dating back to last season's Fresno State contest in Las Vegas. Carr has scored 20 or more points 16 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 1,755 points and moved into fifth place against the Bears, passing Jim Reed. The senior guard from Kingsland, Ark., needs six points to move into fourth place ahead of Bubba Jennings (1,760, 1982-85) and eight 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. 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 17 games. He tied his season high of five against Oklahoma. For the year, Bonewitz is shooting 42.1 percent (61 of 145) and averaging 3.1 made shots from three-point range. 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 84.3 percent. He has made 58 of his last 63 FT attempts (92.1). 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 16 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
It took a concussion to slow down sophomore Cliff Owens. The Santa Fe, Texas, forward played only three minutes due to the injury against A&M. Owens is among the Big 12 leaders in rebounds with 8.0 overall and 8.8 in conference games. Owens got head coach James Dickey's message when he lost his starting job for the first Baylor game (1/13). He has played the best basketball of his young career with 10.9 points and 10.6 rebounds in the six games before the A&M contest. 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 has provided a key role off the bench of late in Texas Tech's four-game win streak. With Archie Myers sidelined, Barnes came up with important plays in the win at Baylor by notching two steals and dishing out an assist in eight minutes of Tech's 80-71 victory. With Cliff Owens out with a concussion against Texas A&M, Barnes played 15 minutes, a career-high in a conference game. The senior finished off the 27-point win by nailing three consecutive three-pointers in a 55-second span late in the second half to score a career-high nine points. 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 144 minutes, which is more than each of the previous three seasons combined (106).