This Week in Men's Basketball
Feb. 23, 1998
ABOUT TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech (13-11, 7-7 Big 12) plays its final regular-season road game of the year Wednesday at Nebraska (17-10, 8-6). Tech snapped a three-game losing streak at Texas A&M on Saturday, 86-83. The Red Raiders are tied with Baylor for fifth place in the league, while the red-hot Cornhuskers, winners of four straight, have moved into fourth place alone. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders are accustomed to games going down to the wire. Two of the last four have gone into overtime, while four of the last six have been decided by three points or less.
All-America candidate Cory Carr, the headliners of Tech's talented three-guard lineup, is closing out a stellar career by leading the Big 12 with averages of 24.1 points overall and 24.7 in league games. Long-range threat Stan Bonewitz, coming off a school-record tying seven three-pointers and a career-high 26 points against A&M, is the league's best three-point shooter with a 42.5 percentage and 3.2 treys per game. Point guard Rayford Young is Tech's second leading scorer (16.2) and has a team-high 108 assists and 40 steals. Forward Cliff Owens, one of the league's top rebounders with 8.0 per game, notched his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds at Texas A&M.
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 9.9 8.0 Fifth double-double at Texas A&M 25 C Johnny Phillips 6-8 225 Fr. Fort Worth,Texas 5.2 3.1 Rookie started last 12 games 3 G Rayford Young 5-11 175 So. Pampa,Texas 16.2 4.0 Team-high 108 assists 15 G Stan Bonewitz 6-3 195 Jr. SanAntonio, Texas 13.2 4.9 Career-high 26 points at A&M 21 G Cory Carr 6-4 210 Sr. Kingsland,Ark. 24.1 5.0 20 or more points 19 times 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 1.3 1.5 Sank career-best 3 treys 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 3.7 2.7 Normally first man off the bench 44 G Archie Myers 6-3 190 Sr. Fort Worth,Texas 3.8 1.6 10 points against UT on Feb. 14 51 C Ross Carmichael 6-10 240 So. Dallas,Texas 3.6 4.5 Team-high 25 blocks this year
Head coach Danny Nee's Cornhuskers (17-10, 8-6) are one of the hottest teams in the Big 12, having won four in a row to move into contention for NCAA consideration. Nebraska has defeated Colorado, Missouri, Baylor and Texas A&M since Feb. 11 to grab fourth place in the Big 12. Tyronn Lue, third in the conference in scoring (21.3), is one of the Big 12's top players. Venson Hamilton averages a double-double with 11.8 points and a conference-high 10.1 rebounds.
Texas Tech won the first Big 12 game between the two schools last season, 87-74, in Lubbock. However, all-time, Nebraska holds a 7-4 edge, including by a 3-2 mark in Lincoln. Prior to last season, the Cornhuskers had won three straight, including a 76-69 contest in the last meeting in Lincoln on Dec. 9, 1989. The series dates back to the 1955-56 season when Nebraska won a 69-63 overtime decision at home on Dec. 9, 1955.
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 24.1 points overall, 24.7 in conference games. Carr has scored in double figures the last 45 games, including a 33-point performance last Wednesday against Oklahoma State. The All-America candidate has scored 20 or more points 19 times this season. He also leads the Big 12 in free throw shooting with 88.7 percent, a school-record pace.
All-America candidate Cory Carr and fellow seniors Brock Barnes, Archie Myers and Da'Mon Roberts will play their final home game in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum on Saturday against Oklahoma. Game time is slated for 12:47 p.m. CT on Big 12 via ESPN Regional. Tech then heads to Kansas City for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament, March 5-8 in Kemper Arena.
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 132-69 record, a winning percentage of .652. 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 82-32 for a .719 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
Stan Bonewitz tied a school record with seven three-pointers en route to a career-high 26 points as Tech snapped its three-game losing streak with an 86-83 win at Texas A&M. Cory Carr scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as Tech bounced back from a nine-point deficit in the second half. A total of 10 offensive rebounds, 13 turnovers by Tech and double-digit scoring efforts from Shanne Jones, Steve Houston and Larry Thompson paved the way for A&M's 49-41 halftime lead. In the final 20 minutes. Bonewitz kept Tech in the game with four of his treys, most from long range. A&M led 54-45 with 17:56 to play thanks to a dunk by Jones.
However, the Red Raiders cut the lead to one thanks in large part to back-to-back three pointers from Carr and Bonewitz. Johnny Phillips' dunk, part of a 12-2 Red Raider run, put Tech up 57-56 with 14:25 to play. That lead change was one of 11 over the next 9:16 until Tech grabbed the edge for good on Carr's basket with 5:09 left. Bonewitz's three-pointer with 3:48 left gave Tech's some much-needed breathing room, 79-75. Down by only two, A&M had the ball in the final 30 seconds, but Tech forced a turnover and Bonewitz sank two free throws with nine seconds left to seal the win.
* Cory Carr was the last Red Raider to hit seven treys, last season at Missouri. Carr has made seven 3's three times, while Lance Hughes hit seven on one occasion.
HITTING THE 3
Texas Tech has relied heavily on the three-point shot, especially in recent games. That production has moved the Red Raiders up in the Big 12 stats. Tech is shooting 37.5 overall to rank second in the league and 39.9 in conference games, which ranks first. Per game, Tech leads the league with 8.6 in conference play, while the team is third overall with 7.8 per contest. The Red Raiders have hit 10 or more treys in five of the last six games and seven times overall this season. Tech has made six or more three-pointers in the last 17 games. The Red Raiders were just one trey short against Oklahoma State of tying their Big 12 season high of 12, set against Missouri. Tech has hit six or more 3's in 20 games, including in every conference game this season.
BARN BURNERS AND HEARTBREAKERS
Four of Tech's last six games have gone down to the wire and decided by four points or less. That stretch does not include the 91-80 overtime loss at Colorado on Feb. 11. Last season Texas Tech played eight games that were decided by five points or less. This season, Tech has been involved in seven games decided by five or less. Six of those games - Oklahoma State twice, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M - have occurred in Big 12 action. The recent three-game losing skid, coming on the heels of a four-game win streak, was especially disheartening. Tech lost in double overtime at Colorado and then at home by two points to Texas and then again in overtime by two in Lubbock to Oklahoma State.
TECH'S TERRIFIC TRIO
Texas Tech's outstanding guard combination of Cory Carr, Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young are averaging 53.5 of Tech's 78.5 points per game. The trio is also putting up 68.2 percent of Tech's offensive production. In conference play, the threesome is providing 70.2 percent of Tech's firepower. Combined Carr, Bonewitz and Young have made all but 10 (177 of 187) of Tech's three-pointers this season. They've also taken 461 of the 497 treys attempted.
Tech's trio of Cory Carr, Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young rank among the top six in minutes played among the Big 12. Carr (37.7) is first, Bonewitz (36.3) second and Young (35.4) sixth. Carr has played 169 of a possible 175 minutes the last three games. Overall this season, Carr has played every minute five times and 40 or more (including OTs) seven times.
With his 20 points at Texas A&M, Cory Carr surpassed 1,000 for his career against conference opponents, both Big 12 and Southwest Conference. He tallied 292 in his two years as a SWC player and has since scored 711 in the Big 12.
JUST A FEW AWAY
Cory Carr is just 20 points away from breaking his own single-season scoring record in conference games. The senior guard scored 365 last year in the 16 Big 12 regular-season games. He enters the Nebraska contest with 346 in the 14 conference games this season.
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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