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Feb. 20, 1998

ABOUT TEXAS TECH:

Three consecutive heartbreaking losses have left Texas Tech at 12-11 overall, 6-7 in the Big 12 heading into Saturday's matchup at Texas A&M.

The Big 12 T.V. game will begin at 12:47 p.m. CT in the Red Raiders' final meeting with the Aggies in 7,500-seat G. Rollie White Coliseum.

In losing three straight - two in overtime - Texas Tech has lost by an average margin of five points, including by two to Texas and Oklahoma State.

Despite Tech's losing streak, All-America candidate Cory Carr has been outstanding in leading the Red Raiders' talented guard trio that also features long-range threat Stan Bonewitz and point Rayford Young.

Carr, after 33 points against Oklahoma State, is leading the Big 12 with 24.3 points overall and 25.1 in conference games.

Bonewitz, tied for second in the Big 12 with 3.0 three-pointers per game, averages 12.7 points, while Young is scoring 16.2 points and has a team-high 103 assists.

Sophomore forward Cliff Owens is among the league leaders with 7.7 rebounds while averaging 9.8 points.

Freshman Johnny Phillips has continued to improve after entering the starting lineup 11 games ago. The rookie center averages 5.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M:

Texas A&M, still searching for its first Big 12 win of the season, is 6-17 overall, 0-13 in the Big 12.

The Aggies have lost 14 straight since last winning on Dec. 21 against Maryland-Eastern Shore in College Station.

Shanne Jones (17.9) leads the team in scoring and rebounding (6.7). Jones is scoring 19.1 in Big 12 games while averaging 7.9 rebounds in league action.

THE SERIES:

Winners of seven straight in the series, Texas Tech owns a 50-45 series edge over its instate counterpart.

A&M last won over the Red Raiders in 1994-95, 90-80, in College Station.

Tech has won the last two meetings in G. Rollie White, 66-63 in 1995-96 and 80-65 last season.

All-time, A&M has a 27-16 advantage in College Station.

Saturday's game will be the second meeting in 15 days for the two teams. Tech won 102-75 in Lubbock on Feb. 7.

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      9.8  7.7  Among Big 12 leaders in rebounds
25  C   Johnny Phillips    6-8  225  Fr.  Fort Worth, Texas    5.1  3.2  Rookie started last 11 games
 3  G   Rayford Young      5-11 175  So.  Pampa, Texas        16.2  3.9  Team-high 103 assists
15  G   Stan Bonewitz      6-3  195  Jr.  San Antonio, Texas  12.7  5.0  18 points against Oklahoma State
21  G   Cory Carr          6-4  210  Sr.  Kingsland, Ark.     24.3  5.2  Double figures 44 straight games

TEXAS TECH RESERVES:

00  G   Kevin Clayton      6-4  175  Fr.  Amarillo, Texas      0.0  0.0  Expected to redshirt
5   G/F Brock Barnes       6-5  195  Sr.  Perryton, Texas      1.4  1.6  Career-high 9 points vs. A&M
40  G   Andrew Patterson   6-3  185  So.  Artesia, N.M.        0.4  0.6  Walk-on has played in 10 games
42  F   Da'Mon Roberts     6-7  215  Sr.  Dallas, Texas        3.9  2.8  First start of season at Colorado
44  G   Archie Myers       6-3  190  Sr.  Fort Worth, Texas    4.0  1.7  10 points against UT last Saturday
51  C   Ross Carmichael    6-10 240  So.  Dallas, Texas        3.5  4.4  Team-high 23 blocks this year

ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE CORY CARR:

Senior guard Cory Carr of Kingsland, Ark., is on track to win the Big 12 scoring title for the first two years of the league's existence. The 6-4 swingman is averaging 24.3 points overall, 25.1 in conference games. Carr has scored in double figures the last 44 games, including a 33-point performance Wednesday against Oklahoma State. The All-America candidate has scored 20 or more points 18 times this season. He also leads the Big 12 in free throw shooting with 88.8 percent, a school-record pace.

UPCOMING:

Texas Tech, playing two of the last three on the road, is at Nebraska on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:05 p.m. CT. The Red Raiders conclude the regular season at home next Saturday, Feb. 28 against Oklahoma at 12:45 p.m. CT on Big 12 T.V.

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 131-69 record, a winning percentage of .655.

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 81-32 for a .717 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:

Brett Robisch sank two free throws with three seconds left in overtime and Doug Gottlieb blocked Stan Bonewitz' shot as Oklahoma State claimed an 83-81 win in Lubbock.

Robisch, who scored 33 points, spoiled Cory Carr's 33-point effort in giving OSU its second win of the season over Texas Tech. Carr scored 25 points after halftime, including the final 15 points for the Red Raiders. In the final 38 seconds of regulation, Carr made two three-pointers, including the game-tying basket with 14 seconds left. In overtime, Carr gave Tech a three-point lead with 1:41 left, but Robisch answered with a conventional three-pointer to tie the score at 81-81. Carr was whistled for his fifth foul on a missed shot in the final five seconds, paving the way for Robisch's heroics. Tech, down for the entire first half, including by as much as 10, scored the first 14 points of the second half to grab a 46-39 lead. Carr made it 55-48 with a three-pointer with 10:31 left, but Oklahoma State answered with a 12-2 run, giving the Cowboys a 60-57 lead with 7:03 to play.

TECH-OSU GAME NOTES:

* Cory Carr reached the 30-point mark for the sixth time in 1997-98.

* Cory Carr fouled out for the first time in his career - 111 games.

* Oklahoma State swept the regular-season series after Tech did the same last year. The contest in Lubbock last season also went OT - a 70-64 Red Raider win. All told, the four games between the teams in Big 12 play have been decided by an average margin of five points.

* Cory Carr tied his second high of five three-pointers.

* Tech lost for only the second time in 13 games when shooting a higher percentage than its opponent.

* Brett Robisch tied a season high for the most individual points allowed by the Red Raiders.

* Andrew Patterson was not on the bench due to an illness to his grandmother.

LOSING STREAK:

Tech's three-game skid matches the team's longest of the season. The Red Raiders lost three straight to open the season to SMU, TCU and Old Dominion. Texas Tech also lost three straight early in the Big 12 campaign against Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas.

HOME TROUBLES:

The Red Raiders have lost their last two home games, a first since early in the 1993-94 season against New Mexico and Wisconsin. Prior to the losses to Texas and Oklahoma State, Tech had not dropped two straight conference games in the Coliseum since the 1992-93 season against Baylor and Rice.

Texas Tech has won 51 of its last 59 games in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum for an 86.4 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 387-152 in the

 

 

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