Tech Moves To 2-0 With Win Over North Texas|
The Red Raiders held off a late North Texas rally to move to 2-0 on the season.
Nov. 17, 2011
by Britton Drown
Moments after Texas Tech's 69-64 win over North Texas Wednesday night, first-year head coach Billy Gillispie took a moment to peer into the future.
"This is going to be a lot of fun," he said to the group of media members inside the United Spirit Arena.
Yes, Gillispie and the Red Raiders are just two games into their young season, but already he has seen them take significant strides while moving to 2-0 on the season. Tech held off a feisty North Texas Team after watching a 13-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game quickly evaporate.
But his squad held on, and went 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final two minutes to escape with the win.
With the 17-point effort on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line Lewandowski turned in another solid performance. After the game, Gillispie said he continues to be impressed with his lone senior during the early stages of the season.
"He was awesome," Gillispie said. "He is trying to coach and take on the responsibility of a great leader and trying to figure out no matter how unnatural it feels to him, to figure out what is best for his team. I have so much admiration for a guy like that."
After taking a commanding 53-40 lead on a layup and foul shot by Jordan Tolbert at the 10:30 mark of the second half, North Texas went on a 20-8 run, and suddenly the Red Raiders were clinging to a 61-60 lead with 1:58 remaining in the game.
The North Texas charge was led by Chris Jones who finished the game with 29 points, scoring 12 points during the run. The Mean Green pulled to within one point of the lead three times in the final two minutes of the game, but the Red Raiders sealed the game with their solid free throw shooting down the stretch.
"We found a way to win," Gotcher said.
Texas Tech concludes its three-game homestand on Sunday when the Red Raiders host Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m.
For Gillispie and the Red Raiders it's yet another opportunity to take steps in the right direction.
"It's going to be some kind of fun when it's all said and done," Gillispie said. "And I think it's going to happen sooner rather than later."