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November 25, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - New Mexico State at Texas Tech Post Game Quotes/Notes

Game Notes *New Mexico State's 15 first-half points were the fewest for a James Dickey-coached opponent in a half. The previous low was 16 points by Prairie View A&M in 1994.

*NMSU's 43 points in the game was the fewest by a Texas Tech opponent since Texas A&M scored 50 points on 2/1/92 in Lubbock.

*Texas Tech held New Mexico State scoreless from the 5:27 mark in the first half to the 13:30 mark in the second half (total 11:57).

*The 27-point margin of victory is the largest for Texas Tech is the largest for Texas Tech since a 102-75 victory over Texas A&M on 2/7/98.

*Texas Tech's Andy Ellisscored a career-high eight points.

*NMSU's 24.6 percent field goal percentage is the lowest ever for a Texas Tech opponent since James Dickey became head coach in 1991.

Quotes Quoting Texas Tech head coach James Dickey "New Mexico State is a better ballclub than they showed tonight. They came out tired- it was their fourth game in six days. They got back from a road trip to Alaska and they were flat mentally and physically. We played good defense. I was pleased with everything with the exception of the turnovers. We turned the ball over and we were too carelss with the ball. We got up 30 points and we relaxed and got careless. We did a nice job on the boards. We have to do a better job of rebounding. We were mentally flat after we got up by 35. We're going to work on it and learn to box out. We have a lot of confidence in our players, they have a lot of talent but they're young and inexperienced. We were just a little bit careless with the ball and we need to do a better job of ball handling."

Quoting Texas Tech forward Cliff Owens "I think we caught them at the right time. I think they were definitely flat tonight. I think we're playing better and developing more maturity. There's a little bit more chemistry. We're going in there and everyone's playing pretty well. The guys on the bench did a great job. They sparked us tonight and they go in hungry. They're doing the little things necessary to help us win. Every minute in there we play as hard as we can and there's no drop off between starters and subs."

Quoting New Mexico State coach Lou Henson "We didn't have very good balance. We were beat every way you can beat all ballclub. They're going to win a lot of games this season. It was a struggle for us. We have some new guys that don't know the offense that well and we're inexperienced. We've also been turning the ball over too many times. Our young guys still don't know our offense. First of all, we didn't run our offense. And secondly, we couldn't hit any shots. We couldn't hit and we had no balance offensively. Texas Tech is a great team and it will take a great game against them to beat them. They did a great job against us inside and outside. We had five invididuals on the floor and we didn't play as a team."




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