Local product Kevin Wagner had four points against DePaul.
Nov. 26, 2011
TEXAS TECH GAME NOTES
THE OPENING TIP
• Texas Tech in the consolation semifinals of the Old Spice Classic to DePaul, 76-70, on Friday.
• Wake Forest fell to Arizona State, 84-56, in the consolation semifinals of the Old Spice Classic.
• The game is being televised by ESPN3.com and ESPN3D. Bob Picozzi (Play-By-Play) and Tim Welsh (Analyst) are calling the action.
• Texas Tech returns to action Thursday in Corpus Christi against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
TEXAS TECH-WAKE FOREST SERIES
• This marks the second meeting between Texas Tech and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons won the only other meeting in double overtime in 2006 in New York, when Wake Forest upended the Red Raiders, 78-73.
TEXAS TECH vs. ACC
• Texas Tech is 5-15 all-time against schools currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference —Boston College (1-2), Clemson (0-4), Georgia Tech (3-3), Maryland (0-1), Miami (0-1), NC State (1-2), Virginia Tech (0-1) and Wake Forest (0-1).
FROM THE START
Last time out against DePaul, the starting lineup for the Red Raiders changed back to Ty Nurse, Javarez Willis, Toddrick Gotcher, Jordan Tolbert and Robert Lewandowski. This has been the starting lineup in four of the first five games.
TOLBERT STEPS UP IN ORLANDO
Jordan Tolbert came up big for the Red Raiders against Indiana State, as the 6-7 freshman connected on 8 of 13 shots from the field and 4 of 4 from the line for a career-high 20 points. He also pulled down a career-best eight rebounds. Both led the way for the Red Raiders. On Friday against DePaul, Tolbert had 16 points and a career-high nine rebounds against DePaul. He hit 6 of 10 from the field and 4 of 5 from the line in 27 minutes of play. During the first two games of the tournament, Tolbert has averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds, while shooting 60.9 percent from the field.
PETTEWAY CHIPS IN
Freshman Terran Petteway had a career-high 13 points in the loss to DePaul. He made the most of his minutes, as he hit 4 of 6 from the field in 15 minutes of play and connected on 4 of 6 from the line. He had a big first half against Indiana State, chipping in nine points on 4-of-6 shooting.
CROCKETT ADDS DEPTH
After missing the first two exhibition games and the season opener, Texas Tech sophomore Jaye Crockett has become one of the key cogs off the bench in each of the last four games. Against North Texas, he came off the bench to hit his first three shots of the game. Crockett was the first player off the bench for the Red Raiders to start the first and the second half. Crockett finished the game with nine points and nine rebounds. Against Stephen F. Austin, It was much the same, as Crockett was the first off the bench for Tech and finished the game with 13 points, seven boards and three assists. In the Indiana State game, Crockett played 30 minutes, pulling down five boards, while adding four points and two assists. He added another five points and four boards against DePaul.
UP AND DOWN FROM THREE
The trend continued for Texas Tech from the 3-point line on Friday, as Texas Tech connected on 50 percent from the arc. The Red Raiders have now hit 43 percent (Troy), 18.2 percent (North Texas), 54.5 percent (Stephen F. Austin), 22.2 percent (Indiana State) and 50 percent (DePaul). For the season, the Red Raiders are 25 of 60 from beyond the arc (41.7 percent). Ty Nurse leads the way, hitting on 11 of 25 attempts (44 percent) from 3-point range.
NURSE AN OFFENSE THREAT
Ty Nurse has led the Red Raiders in scoring three of the first five games. Heading into the Old Spice Classic, he ranked sixth in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (53.6 percent), first in free throws made (21), third in free throw attempts (22) and percentage (95.5). Nurse had a Texas Tech newcomer best 29 in the opener and added 15 against North Texas and 14 against Stephen F. Austin. Nurse has currently made 13 consecutive free throws and is 21 of 22 on the season.
PACKING THE STANDS
Nov. 20th’s announced attendance was 9,420. Through three games, the Red Raiders are averaging 9,374 fans a game. Last season, Texas Tech averaged 8,513 fans a game. The Red Raiders return home on Sunday, Dec. 18 against Grambling State.
For the third time this season, 10 Red Raiders entered the lineup. Two players -- Ty Nurse (38) and Robert Lewandowski (34) -- played 30 minutes in the game. For the season, six players are averaging better than 20 minutes of playing time a game.
SHOOTING FOR AVERAGE
Texas Tech is third in the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage through five games, as the Red Raiders have hit on 50.2 percent of its shots from the field. Texas Tech shot 61.1 percent from the field (33 of 54) against Troy in the opener, which eclipses the highest percentage of any game last season. The highest percentage last season was 58.8 percent (30-of-51) against Delaware State on Jan. 4. In the second game of the season against North Texas, Texas Tech was just 22 of 49 (44.9 percent), but rebounded against Stephen F. Austin. Against the Lumberjacks, The Red Raiders connected on their first six shots of the game to take a 15-5 lead. Texas Tech connected on 14 of 17 shots from the field in the first half (82.4 percent) and hit four of five 3-pointers (80 percent). The Red Raiders finished the game hitting 62.9 percent from the field. It is the best shooting performance by Tech in the last three years, eclipsing the 62.1 percent the Red Raiders shot against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 22, 2008. The Red Raiders have not shot as well at the Old Spice Classic, hitting just 42 percent against Indiana State and DePaul.
RED RAIDERS BEGIN 86TH SEASON
Texas Tech opened its 86th season of play Nov. 11 with a 90-85 win over Troy. The Red Raiders are 60-26 in season openers. Texas Tech has won 12 straight season openers. The last time the Red Raiders lost a season opener was No. 19, 1999, when Texas Tech fell to Indiana, 68-60, in the inaugural game in the United Spirit Arena.
Ty Nurse’s 29 points against Troy is the most by a Red Raider since Mike Singletary had 33 against Iowa State on Jan. 26 last season. It is also the most points in a season opener by a Texas Tech player since Curtis Marshall had 30 against UNC-Ashville in 2004 and Andy Ellis had 30 against Indiana in 1999. It is also the most points in a newcomer debut in the Red Raider Big 12 Era.
Texas Tech ranks 22nd nationally in field goal percentage (50.2), 30th in 3-point field goal percentage (41.7) and 73rd in free throw percentage (72.5). In the Big 12 Conference, the Red Raiders rank third, fourth and fifth, respectively in the same categories.
LEWANDOWSKI’S STREAK ENDS
Robert Lewandowski fouled out with 5:01 to play in the game against Stephen F. Austin. It snapped a 33-game scoring streak for the senior. The last time Lewandowski did not score in a game was March 23, 2010, in the National Invitation Tournament against Ole Miss. Lewandowski started a new scoring streak against Indiana State, finishing the day with two points and two rebounds.
FROM THE LINE
Texas Tech shot 92 percent from the free throw line (23 of 25) against North Texas. It is the highest output since connecting on 23 of 24 last season against TCU (95.8 percent). The Red Raiders connected on nine consecutive free throws over the final 3:04 to secure the victory. For the season, Texas Tech is 79 of 109 from the line (72.5 percent).
Texas Tech averaged 29 turnovers in two exhibitions games and have reduced that number to 19.3 through the first four games of the season. The Red Raiders had a season low 18 turnovers against Indiana State, including just six in the second half against the Sycamores.
A CLASS OF ONE
Robert Lewandowski is the lone senior on the squad this season and one of just three returning players from last year’s team. He has played in 97 career games. Last season Lewandowski chipped in 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. This season, he is averaging 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds.
TWO SOPHOMORES RETURN
Sophomores Jaye Crockett and Javarez Willis are the other two returning players from last year’s squad. Crockett played in all 32 games last season, contributing 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds as a freshman. Willis saw action in 27 games last season, chipping in 3.6 points and 1.5 assists. Crockett is averaging 8.7 points and a team-best 7.0 rebounds off the bench, while Willis addes 7.0 points and 2.8 rebounds as a starter.
NEW FACES ABOUND
The Red Raiders have a complete new look for the new season, as Billy Gillispie and his staff have completed a roster complete with 12 new faces to go along with the three returners. The newcomers include eight freshmen, one sophomore and three juniors.
UP NEXT: TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
Texas Tech will continue its road trip this Thursday, as the Red Raiders travel to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. It will be the fourth of five games away from Lubbock for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series with the Islanders, 3-1, including a 70-55 win in Lubbock last season. This also marks the first time since 1999 that Texas Tech will travel to Corpus Christi.