Texas Tech Men's Basketball Defeats New Mexico State 70-43|
November 25, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas -
The Texas Tech men's basketball team used a strong defensive effort to defeat New Mexico State 70-43 Wednesday at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
The Red Raiders managed to overcome 24 turnovers on the night by holding NMSU to 16 of 65 shooting from the field. The Aggies' 24.6% field goal percentage was the lowest for a Texas Tech opponent since James Dickey became the Red Raider's head coach in 1991. Also, NMSU's 42 points was the lowest by an opponent since Texas A&M was held to 50 points on Feb. 1, 1992, in Lubbock.
Texas Tech was led by Rayford Young who posted a double-double, his first of the season, with 13 points and 11 assists. He also had a team-high four steals. Defensively, forward Cliff Owens led all players with 16 rebounds. Johnny Phillips and Stan Bonewitz also scored in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively. NMSU was led by Gerald Moore's 15 points and eight rebounds.
Texas Tech opened the game strong by jumping out to a 13-point lead to make the score 22-9 with 8:01 remaining in the first half. They took a 33-15 lead into half time.
In the second half, the Red Raiders' defense remained tough holding NMSU at 15 points till William Keys scored a field goal with 13:32 remaining in the game. The Aggies responded by going on a 13-6 run to bring the score to 55-30, but were unable to close the gap.
Texas Tech improves to 3-0 on the season while NMSU falls to 2-3.