Feb. 28, 1998
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 Sixth Double-Double At Nebraska
25 C Johnny Phillips 6-8 225 Fr. Fort Worth, Texas 5.2 3.1 Rookie Started 13 Games
3 G Rayford Young 5-11 175 So. Pampa, Texas 15.7 3.8 Team-High 112 Assists
15 G Stan Bonewitz 6-3 195 Jr. San Antonio, Texas 13.2 4.8 Big 12 High Three-Point Percentage
21 G Cory Carr 6-4 210 Sr. Kingsland, Ark. 23.9 5.0 20 Or More Points 19 Times
Texas Tech Reserves
No. P Name Ht. Wt.Cl. Hometown Ppg Rpg Notes
00 G Kevin Clayton 6-4 175 Fr. Amarillo, Texas 0.0 0.0 Redshirt This Season
5 G/F Brock Barnes 6-5 195 Sr. Perryton, Texas 1.3 1.7 Career-High 4 Steals At Nebraska
40 G Andrew Patterson 6-3 185 So. Artesia, N.M. 0.5 0.5 Walk-On Has Played In 11 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 4.4 Team-High 25 Blocks This Year
About Texas Tech
Texas Tech (13-12, 7-8), led by senior
All-America candidate Cory Carr, wraps up the regular season on
Saturday against Oklahoma (19-9, 10-5). Game time is 12:47 P.M. Ct on
big 12 T.V. via Espn regional. The Red Raiders have lost four of their
last five, including an 82-65 loss at Nebraska on Wednesday. Seeds and
pairings for next week's big 12 tournament will not be finalized until
the end of play on saturday. Tech would lock up a sixth-seed with a
victory over The Sooners. One-Third of Tech'S talented starting guard
trio, Carr leads the Big 12 Conference with 23.9 points per game. He
is second in conference games behind OU'S Corey Brewer with 24.3.
Point Guard Rayford Young (15.7) and long-range threat Stan Bonewitz
(13.2) have started every game. Bonewitz leads The Big 12 in
three-point percentage (42.6) and 3'S per game (3.2).
Oklahoma, led by All-America candidate
Corey Brewer, is 19-9 overall, 10-5 in the big 12 conference. The
Sooners, third in the big 12, lost at Kansas on monday, 83-70. Brewer,
who has been the team's leading scorer 23 times, averages 21.1 points
per game overall, a conference-high 24.4 in league play. OU landed a
top-four seed in the conference despite several injuries this season.
Evan Wiley and Eduardo Najera are also averaging more than 10 points.
Brewer is the only player in double figures in conference games. head
coach Kelvin Sampson's team is 3-3 over its last six games, 6-4 over
the last 10 contests.
Texas Tech'S 70-68 win on Feb. 4 in Norman
evened the series at 10-all. Texas Tech has won four of the last five
meetings, including three of four over the last three seasons. Tech
and Oklahoma had not played since 1972 when the series was renewed in
1995-96 with an 81-69 Red Raider Victory in Norman. In the first
meeting this season, Tech, down by 13 at half and by as many as 14 in
the second half, won in Norman on feb. 4, 70-68, thanks to Cory Carr's
game-winning basket. all-time, the red raiders hold a 7-3 advantage in
Lubbock. however, OU won last year in the coliseum, 66-60, on february
19, 1997. the series began in 1945 with Oklahoma claiming a 61-31
All-America candidate Cory Carr
Senior guard Cory Carr,
about to play his final game in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, leads the
Big 12 Conference in scoring with 23.9 points per game. He is
averaging 24.3 in conference games. Carr has scored 20 or more points
19 times this season. He has a consecutive double-figure scoring
string of 46 games, dating back to December, 1997. Upcoming Texas Tech
travels to Kansas City to play in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament,
Thursday through Sunday, March 5-8 in Kemper Arena. The Seedings and
matchups will be finalized after Saturday'S Big 12 Games.
Head Coach James Dickey
Last Time Out
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 132-70 Record, a
winning percentage of .653. 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 82-33 for a .713 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.
Tyronn Lue scored a game-high 23 points, 17
in the first half, to lead Nebraska to its fifth straight win, 82-65,
on senior night over Texas Tech. Nebraska, in winning wire-to-wire,
forced texas tech into a season-high 23 turnovers while limiting the
Red Raiders to a 40.8 shooting percentage. Cookie Belcher added 12
points for the cornhuskers, who led 42-24 at halftime. nebraska jumped
out to a 16-5 lead in the first five minutes. Lue's three-pointer with
one second left, one of three treys in the first 20 minutes, gave
Nebraska its biggest lead of the half at 18 points at intermission. in
the second half, a 8-2 run gave the Cornhuskers their biggest lead of
the night at 50-26 with 17:13 remaining. Tech got no closer than 16
points the rest of the game. Tech-Nebraska notes * Texas Tech made a
season-high 23 turnovers, giving them 45 in the last two games.
Bonewitz hit four three-pointers, running his total to 15 over the
previous three games.
* Cliff Owens notched his sixth
double-double of the year. he has 10 or more rebounds eighth
* Cory Carr, held to less than 20 points for only the sixth
time, played a season-low 33 minutes. He did not make a two-point
field goal for the first time all season. * Brock Barnes notched a
career-high four steals.
Cory Carr (Kingsland, Ark.), Brock Barnes
(Perryton, Texas), Archie Myers (Fort Worth, Texas) and Da'Mon Roberts
(Dallas, Texas) will play their final game in Lubbock Municipal
Coliseum on Saturday against Oklahoma. Both Carr and Barnes are
three-year letter winners, while Roberts and Myers are both two-year
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
"bubble." the Red Raiders own a 67-20 mark under James Dickey at home.
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. Texas Tech ranks second
in the league with a 37.5 percentage from three-point range, while the
team is third with 7.8 treys per contest. In conference games, Tech is
first in both categories, 39.9 percent and 8.7 3's per game. The Red
Raiders have hit 10 or more treys in five of the last seven games and
seven times overall this season. Tech has made six or more
three-pointers in the last 18 games and 21 times overall this season,
including in every conference contest.
Barn Burners And Heartbreakers
Four of Tech'S last
seven games have gone down to the wire and decided by three points or
less. Prior to the loss at Nebraska, Tech played three consecutive
games that were decided by three or less. 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.
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 12-2 when shooting a higher field goal percentage
than its opponents, 1-10 when the Red Raiders do not. Tech has shot
50% or better only four times in its 15 league games. Overall, Tech
has hit 50 percent of its shots eight times this season and is
undefeated in all of those games.
Hard Time On The Boards
Texas Tech has been
out-rebounded 17 times in its 25 games this season. The Red Raiders
trail their opponents by a 3.6 margin, which ranks last in the big 12.
the offensive boards have been especially a problem for Tech. the Red
Raiders actually hold a 668-665 advantage on the defensive end.
However, the opponents boast a sizable 344-253 advantage on the
offensive boards. tech lost last season's top two rebounders - tony
battie and gionet cooper - who accounted for 50.8 percent of the Red
Raiders' production on the boards.
Tech'S Terrific Trio
Texas Tech'S outstanding guard
combination of Cory Carr, Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young are
averaging 52.8 of Tech'S 78.0 points per game. the trio is also
putting up 67.9 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 (186 of 196) of
tech's three-pointers this season. They've also taken 482 of the 520
Tech's trio of Cory Carr, Stan Bonewitz and
Rayford Young rank among the top six in minutes played among the big
12. Carr (37.5) Is first, Bonewitz (36.1) Second and Young (35.2)
sixth. Overall this season, Carr has played every minute five times
and 40 or more (including ots) seven times. He also has played 36 or
more minutes in every conference games but one (nebraska).
Back From The Brink
Six times this year tech has come
back to win after being down by nine or more points. In three of its
last four wins, all on the road, texas tech has earned the victory in
such a manner. The red raiders made significant second-half comebacks
at baylor, oklahoma and texas a&m. Most recently, tech erased a
nine-point a&m lead in the final 18 minutes of last saturday's game.
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.
Texas tech has utilized four 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 1993-94 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. Rookie help
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 13 games - 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 6.5 Points and 4.5 Rebounds. Prior to earning a start,
Phillips had been the first player off the bench six times.
Bench Help Needed
Texas Tech's bench outscored the
Texas reserves on feb. 14 By a 15-2 margin, the first time in nine
games the red raiders held the upper hand. Overall this season, Tech's
subs have outscored the opponents' bench in only five games.
The Red Raiders Hope to take care of the
basketball better against oklahoma. Texas Tech has committed 45
turnovers in the last two games at Texas A&M and Nebraska. Tech made a
season-high 22 at A&M and then topped that with 23 miscues wednesday
in Lincoln. Tech is making 14.5 turnovers per game this season.
Nebraska had 17 steals, the most by a Tech opponent this year. At
college station, the aggies notched 10 swipes against Texas Tech.
Texas Tech has started four different lineups
this season. Most recently, Head Coach James Dickey has penciled in
the starting five of forward Cliff Owens, center Johnny Phillips and
Guards Stan Bonewitz, Cory Carr And Rayford Young.
Streaking In The Second Half
IN its 13 victories, texas
tech has made the most of the second half. The Red Raiders have
trailed seven times at halftime in those games. Only once in its 13
wins, against George Washington, has Tech shot worse in the second
half than the first. Here's the breakdown in Tech's 13 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
At 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
At 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
At Baylor W, 80-71 - 38-43 42.9 57.1 38 42
At 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
At Texas A&M W, 86-83 -41-49 51.6 54.5 41 45
On The Road Again
Texas Tech finished the regular season
with a 5-8 record on the road. The Red Raiders were 3-5 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.
Free Throw Percentage
For the season, Tech is shooting
68.8 percent, which ranks sixth. Before the Nebraska game, where Tech
managed only a 55.2 clip, Texas Tech made 34 of 46 attempts over a
two-game stretch for a 73.9 percentage. Texas Tech is shooting 69.0
percent to rank seventh in the Big 12. Individually, Cory Carr (86.9)
ranks first in the league, while Rayford Young (85.0) is second.
Since 1993-94, Texas Tech has won almost 72
percent of its conference games. 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 52-21(.712) against conference opponents in regular-season
games. In the two years of the Big 12 Conference, Texas Tech is 17-14,
a 54.9 winning percentage.
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 258 three-pointers.
Big 12 Active Career Scorers
Senior Cory Carr is second
in career scoring among current Big 12 Conference players with 1,874
points. Kansas All-American Raef LaFrentz has 1,951 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.
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 730 in the Big 12.
Just One Away
Cory Carr is just one point away from
breaking his own single-season school scoring record in conference
games. The senior guard scored 365 last year in the 16 Big 12
regular-season games. He enters the Oklahoma game with 365 points in
the 15 conference games this season.
Conference Player School Seasons
Big Eight Ryan Minor Oklahoma 1995, '96
Swc Travis Mays Texas 1989, '90
Sec Ronny Henderson Lsu 1995, 1996
Big 10 Glen Robinson Purdue 1992, '93, '94
Acc Danny Ferry Duke 1987, '88, '89
Big East Dana Barros Boston College 1987, '88, '89
A-10 John Battle Rutgers 1984, '85
Wac Otis Jones Air Force1993, 1994, '95
Pac 10 Stan Love Oregon 1970, 1971
Turning It On
Cory Carr has turned on the heat in the
second half recently and, for the most part, all season. At Texas A&M,
Carr scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half. Against Oklahoma
State, Carr scored 25 points after halftime - 18 in the second half
and seven in overtime. 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. Carr has played
34 or more minutes in every game but three. During the conference
season, Carr has played 36 or more in every game but one.
Senior Cory Carr has either led or tied
for the team lead in scoring in 21 of Tech's 25 games 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. Stan Bonewitz was the most recent
player to lead the team other than Carr with his career-high 26 points
against Texas A&M. 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.
Cory Carr has scored in double digits in
46 consecutive games, dating back to last season's Fresno State
contest in Las Vegas. Carr has scored 20 or more points 19 times this
season. He has been held under 20 by Nebraska, Kansas, Texas twice,
Old Dominion and Prairie View A&M. He has scored 30 or more six times
On The Way Up
Cory Carr became the third Red Raider
all-time to surpass the 1,800-point plateau, scoring 19 points against
Texas. Carr is now third all-time in career scoring with 1,874 points
and trails Rick Bullock (2,118) and Jason Sasser (2,102).
For 2,000 Points
Cory Carr is 126 points shy of
reaching 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 of 2,000 points that only Rick Bullock and Jason Sasser have
attained at Texas Tech.
The Big 12's leading free throw shooter,
Cory Carr is making 86.9 percent of his tries from the charity stripe.
With that mark, he is tied for the single-season school mark with
Gerald Myers, who also shot 86.9 percent in 1957-58.
Get Back To Normal
Cory Carr has not been his normal
self from the free throw line, shooting at 72.4 percent over the last
five games. For the year, Carr is shooting at a conference-high 86.9
clip. He missed a season-high four free throws at Nebraska.
Young Strong From The Line
Rayford Young, tied for
second behind teammate Cory Carr in the Big 12 in free throw
percentage, is shooting 85.0 percent. He is 75 of his last 82 (91.5).
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
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 and has led the team on the
boards five games. 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 14 games.
From Long Range
Stan Bonewitz has made at least three
treys in the last 19 of 22 games. He has made a combined 15 3's over
the past three games. Bonewitz tied the school mark of seven against
Texas A&M. For the year, Bonewitz is shooting 42.6 percent (81 of 190)
and averaging 3.2 made shots from three-point range, both of which
lead the conference. He led the Big 12 in three-point percentage last
season with a 46.3 mark.
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 20 games and is third on the team
with 11 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.
Sophomore forward Cliff Owens of Santa
Fe, Texas, has notched double-doubles each of the past two games. The
6-8 inside player has upped his season totals to six double-doubles
and eight games with 10 or more rebounds.
More Playing Time
Senior Brock Barnes of Perryton is
the Tech veteran with five years in the program. The senior finished
off the 27-point win over A&M at home by nailing three consecutive
three-pointers in a 55-second span late in the second half to score a
career-high nine points. At Nebraska, he tied the team season high and
tallied a personal best with four steals. 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 178
minutes, which is more than each of the previous three seasons