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November 19, 1998

Quoting Texas Tech forward Cliff Owens
"UTSA played a good game tonight. Their play down low did not make things easy for us. We are a young team. We re playing hard but we ve got a ways to go. I have all the confidence in the world in our frontcourt but we are going to be tested a lot down the road.

"I think we can play better than last season and kind of balance things out between our front court and back court. At times I thought we were passive in not getting the ball up the court. UTSA tried to get us to play their game. You have to credit them."

Quoting Texas Tech head coach James Dickey
"Before we play anybody again that we have beaten by 49 points I will wait until they have all graduated. I am sure that they remember that loss. Tim (Carter) has done a good job with their program and they should do well in their conference. In the first half if we don t have 16 turnovers, you are up 25 points, although I was proud of our defense.

"I am glad we played at home and very happy to get this victory. We are learning and were a very young team.

"We have some athletes that have to learn that you have to bury people when you get the chance. You have to give credit to their defense but we were also stagnant on offense tonight. We have to take better care of the ball before we go to Denton. Again we didn't put in the killer punch. All I wanted to do was win this game. I thought we might be tentative coming out and we were. I think we will be a better team than most people think. I'm just disappointed that we didn't play better - it should have been a 20 point game."

Quoting UTSA Coach Tim Carter
"I was really impressed with Texas Tech's size. I told our coaches that when we go home, we have to find some creatine somewhere. Even though we did get 29 turnovers we just didn t get the second shot. I was proud of my guys. We played very well.

"I wish Tech the very best. We just couldn t get over the hump and once again, that was because of their size and athleticism.




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