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Junior Rayford Young<br>was second on the<br>team in scoring with<br>15.4 ppg last season.

Junior Rayford Young
was second on the
team in scoring with
15.4 ppg last season.
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October 15, 1998

The Texas Tech men's basketball team opens practice Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Texas Tech, 13-14 overall last winter, will work out twice on Saturday at the Athletic Training Center, hitting the court again at 3:30 p.m. The Red Raiders open the exhibition season on Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m. CT against Arkansas Express in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The regular season begins on Nov. 19 against Texas-San Antonio.

Head coach James Dickey is in his eighth season at Texas Tech and owns a 132-72 overall record guiding the Red Raiders. Tech returns five letter winners, including starters Stan Bonewitz, Cliff Owens, Johnny Phillips and Rayford Young. Young and Bonewitz are Texas Tech's top two returning scorers with point averages of 15.4 and 12.9 per game, respectively. Owens was among the Big 12's leading rebounders last season with 7.7 per game. Phillips improved his freshman season, starting the last 15 games and averaging 5.2 points and 3.0 rebounds.

Texas Tech boasts two all-star candidates in its starting backcourt this season in senior Stan Bonewitz (San Antonio, Texas) and junior Rayford Young (Pampa, Texas). Young was second on the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game. He ranked behind Big 12 leader Cory Carr in free throw shooting with 84.3 percent. Bonewitz averaged 12.9 points per game and was second in the league with a 39.3 three-point percentage and 3.1 treys per game. Both players were named honorable mention all-conference.

"We're going to be very simple. I think when you analyze our basketball team last year it is a very simple situation. Attitude is the most important thing. Our players in the past have always felt good about themselves and felt like good things were going to happen. I think in the last couple of years they were thinking 'when is the next negative going to fall?' Basketball wise, on the court, we've got to be better defensively. We gave up 77 points a game in conference, 78 in non-conference games. That's way too many points to allow to win. We got out rebounded by four rebounds a game. We gave up an average of 14 offensive rebounds a game last year. That's an area we've worked extremely hard on, defense and rebounding. We've got to get front line production, from scoring, from rebounding, from defense. The last thing that's going to be crucial to this team with six new players is chemistry. If we can have a positive attitude and we can defend, rebound and then have good chemistry, then I think this team is going to be very exciting."

Texas Tech welcomes six newcomers -- one freshman and five junior college transfers, into the fold in 1998-99. Junior forwards Brodney Kennard (Fort Worth, Texas) and Mario Layne (Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados) and guard/forward James Ware (Minneapolis, Minn.), sophomore guards Jevon Banks (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Jayson Mitchell (Tyler, Texas) and freshman center Andy Ellis (Lamesa, Texas) make their practice debut for Texas Tech Saturday.

1998-99 SCHEDULE

Day     Date         Opponent                                        Time
Tues.   Nov.    10   ARKANSAS EXPRESS (EXH.)                     7:00 p.m.
Fri.    Nov.    13   GLOBAL SPORTS (EXH.)                        7:00 p.m.
Thur.   Nov.    19   TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO                           7:00 p.m.
Sat.    Nov.    21   at North Texas                              7:35 p.m.
Wed.    Nov.    25   NEW MEXICO STATE                            7:00 p.m.
Sat.    Nov.    28   at Southwestern Louisiana                   7:05 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 2 SMU 7:00 p.m. Sat. Dec. 5 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 7:00 p.m. Tues. Dec. 8 at TCU 7:05 p.m. Sat. Dec. 12 TEXAS-ARLINGTON 7:00 p.m. Thur. Dec. 17 TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN 7:00 p.m. Mon. Dec. 21 Tulsa# 7:00 p.m. Tues. Dec. 22 Pepperdine/Michigan State# TBA Wed. Dec. 23 Alabama/BYU-Hawaii/Oregon State/Weber State# TBA Wed. Dec. 30 NEVADA 7:00 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 2 BAYLOR* 2:00 p.m. Wed. Jan. 6 at Oklahoma* 7:00 p.m. Sat. Jan. 9 at Kansas State* 3:00 p.m. Wed. Jan. 13 TEXAS A&M* 7:00 p.m. Sun. Jan. 17 OKLAHOMA STATE* Big 12 TV Noon Sat. Jan. 23 at Iowa State* Big 12 TV 3:00 p.m. Wed. Jan. 27 at Texas A&M* 7:00 p.m. Sat. Jan. 30 OKLAHOMA* Big 12 TV 12:45 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 3 at Missouri* 7:00 p.m. Sat. Feb. 6 TEXAS* Big 12 TV 3:00 p.m. Wed. Feb. 10 at Baylor* 7:00 p.m. Sat. Feb. 13 KANSAS* Big 12 TV 3:00 p.m. Wed. Feb. 17 at Texas* Big 12 TV 8:00 p.m. Sat. Feb. 20 NEBRASKA* ESPN 8:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 24 COLORADO* 7:00 p.m. Sat. Feb. 27 at Oklahoma State* Big 12 TV 12:45 p.m.

Th-Sa. Mar. 4-7 Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament$ TBA

HOME GAMES IN ALL CAPS; All times CST; # Pearl Harbor Classic (Alabama, BYU-Hawaii (host), Michigan State, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Weber State), Cannon Activities Center, Laie, Hawaii * Denotes Big 12 Conference Game $ Kansas City, Mo.

Day    Date       Opponent                W/L   Score
Thur.  Nov.  13   ARKANSAS EXPRESS        W    70-59
Mon.   Nov.  17   CONOCO BASKETBALL       W    82-68
Sat.   Nov.  22   at SMU                   L    82-89
Tues.  Nov.  25   TCU                      L    76-107
Sat.   Nov.  29   at Old Dominion          L    58-74

Wed. Dec. 3 GEORGE WASHINGTON W 80-57 Sat. Dec. 6 USL W 106-97 Tues. Dec. 9 at S.W. Missouri St. W 79-71 Sat. Dec. 13 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M W 86-63 Sat. Dec. 20 at #14 New Mexico KUPN L 62-81 Sat. Dec. 27 at Nevada W 99-94(OT) Tues. Dec. 30 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN W 83-76

Sat. Jan. 3 IOWA STATE* Cyclone W 66-55 Sat. Jan. 10 at Oklahoma St.* ESPN L 63-66 Tues. Jan. 13 BAYLOR* Fox SW L 78-90 Sat. Jan. 17 at Texas* ABC L 79-88 Wed. Jan. 21 KANSAS STATE* W 79-76 Sat. Jan. 24 at #3 Kansas* Big 12 TV L 49-88 Wed. Jan. 28 MISSOURI* Mizzou W 80-60

Sun. Feb. 1 at Baylor* Big 12 TV W 80-71 Wed. Feb. 4 at Oklahoma* W 70-68 Sat. Feb. 7 TEXAS A&M* Big 12 TV W 102-75 Wed. Feb. 11 at Colorado* L 80-91(OT) Sat. Feb. 14 TEXAS* Big 12 TV L 80-82 Wed. Feb. 18 OKLAHOMA STATE* L 81-83(OT) Sat. Feb. 21 at Texas A&M* Big 12 TV W 86-83 Wed. Feb. 25 at Nebraska* L 65-82 Sat. Feb. 28 OKLAHOMA* Big 12 TV L 56-89

Thur. March 5 Texas$ Big 12 TV L 83-86

HOME GAMES IN ALL CAPS; Exhibtion game; * Denotes Big 12 Conference Game; $ Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament, Kansas City, Mo.


Head Coach (Alma Mater): James Dickey (Central Arkansas, '76)
Overall Record (Seasons): 132-72 (7 seasons)
Record at Texas Tech Seasons: 132-72 (7 seasons)

Assistant Coaches: Greg Pinkney (Wayland Baptist, '86), Robert
Brashear (Texas Tech, '90), James Rike (Texas Tech, '96)

1997-98 Overall Record: 13-14
Big 12 Record (Finish): 7-9 (tie, seventh)

Starters Returning (4): Stan Bonewitz (G, Sr., 6-3, 185, 12.9 ppg, 4.9
rpg); Cliff Owens (F, Jr., 6-8, 245, 10.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg); Johnny Phillips
(C, So., 6-9, 250, 5.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Rayford Young (G, Jr., 5-11, 175,
15.4 ppg, 4.3 apg)
Other Lettermen Returning (1): Ross Carmichael (C, Jr., 6-10, 245,
3.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg)

Newcomers (6): Jevon Banks (G, So., 5-11, 175); Andy Ellis (C, Fr.,
6-10, 210); Brodney Kennard (F, Jr., 6-6, 190); Mario Layne (F, Jr., 6-6,
190); Jayson Mitchell (F, So., 6-4, 185); James Ware (G/F, Jr., 6-4, 195)

Lettermen Lost (4): Brock Barnes, Cory Carr, Archie Myers, Da'Mon Roberts




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