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November 27, 1998

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Teams: New Mexico State (2-1) at Texas Tech (2-0) Date: Wednesday, November 25, 1998, 7:00 p.m. Site: Lubbock Municipal Coliseum (8,174) Series: Texas Tech leads 32-20 Last Meeting: New Mexico State defeated Texas Tech 122-105 in the first round of the Cowboy Shootout in Casper, Wyo. on Dec. 17, 1996. Coaches: Texas Tech - James Dickey (Central Arkansas, '76), 134-72 (Eighth Season); NMSU -Lou Henson (NMSU '55), 194-84 (11th year), 684-344 (36th year overall). Texas Tech Radio: All Sports Radio Network [KCRM-FM (99.5) & KKAM-AM (1340) locally]. Jack Dale, play-by-play Television: None

LAST WEEK...
Texas Tech opened its regular season with an 87-78 win over Texas-San Antonio Thursday night in Lubbock. The Red Raiders offset 29 turnovers, tied for the second-most for a James Dickey squad since his first season, by using a 66 percent shooting night from the floor. Junior forward Cliff Owens scored a career-high 23 points in the game, while sophomore transfer Brodney Kennard provided a spark with 12 points and three blocked shots. Owens also set or tied career marks with nine field goals, 14 attempts, five free throws and two blocks in the game. Senior guard Stan Bonewitz was a perfect five-for-five from the field including three-for-three from the three-point stripe. The Red Raiders won their road opener Saturday at North Texas by an 84-75 margin. For the second-straight game Owens led the team in scoring and rebounding with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Texas Tech led by a game-high 14 points with a Kennard dunk with 2:05 left in the first half. North Texas came back and led by two points with 8:25 left in the game but the Raiders responded with a 17-6 run to finish ut the game. Stan Bonewitz was the only other Red Raider in double figures with 12 points and he added a second-best seven rebounds.

HEAD COACH JAMES DICKEY
Texas Tech men's basketball coach James Dickey is in his eighth season guiding the Red Raiders on the hardwood. A 1976 graduate of Central Arkansas, he has posted a 134-72 record, a winning percentage of .650. Dickey was named Tech's head coach on April 10, 1991 after serving one year for the Red Raiders as an assistant under longtime coach Gerald Myers. Over the last four-plus seasons, Tech is 84-35 for a .706 winning mark. Dickey has earned district coach of the year honors four times and has been conference coach of the year on three occasions. He has guided Tech to two NCAA Tournaments, including the '96 Sweet 16. Before his arrival at Tech as an assistant coach in 1990-91, Dickey previously worked at Kentucky (1986-89) and Arkansas (1982-85) as an assistant under Eddie Sutton.

ABOUT NMSU
The Aggies were 2-1 on the season heading into a late Sunday contest gainst host Alaska-Fairbanks in the Top of the World Classic. The Aggies earned a 66-52 victory over previously-undefeated Wisconsin in the first round of the event before dropping a tight 66-60 decision to Arkansas in the second round. NMSU defeated Texas-El Paso 59-57 on the road in its season-opener on Nov. 13. Point guard William Keys led the Aggies in scoring in two of the first three games, while forward Charles Gosa scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Wisconsin. The Aggies outshot their opponents in each of their first three games of the season and are 15-of-42 from the three-point stripe.

THE SERIES
Texas Tech leads the series between the two schools by a 32-20 margin and holds a 17-8 edge in games played in Lubbock. The two teams first met during the 1932-33 season (TTU won that won 48-24) and have played as recently as two seasons ago. Despite a combined 80 points from Cory Carr (31), Tony Battie (29) and Stan Bonewitz (20), the Raiders dropped a fast-paced 122-105 decision to NMSU in the first round of the Cowboy Shootout in Casper, Wyo. in 1996. Texas Tech outshot, outrebounded and forced 11 Aggie turnovers, but lost the battle on the scoreboard. NMSU had six players in double figures in the game. Each team currenly has two players that saw action in that game: Bonewitz and Rayford Young for Texas Tech and Rhonte Davis and Charles Gosa for the Aggies.

RAIDER SCHEDULE
The 1998-99 schedule will require Texas Tech to blend the six newcomers in with the returning players quickly, considering a hefty non-conference schedule is awaiting the Red Raiders. The likes of WAC champion TCU plus improving SMU, Tulsa and Southwestern Louisiana are among the teams Tech will face prior to the 16-game Big 12 Conference slate. The Red Raiders will travel to Hawaii to the BYU-Hawaii Pearl Harbor Classic, where Tech will play Tulsa. The tourney field also includes Alabama, Michigan State, Pepperdine, Oregon State and Weber State. In the third year of the Big 12, Texas Tech will host Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska while visiting Iowa State, Kansas State and Missouri. Texas Tech will play Big 12 South rivals Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M home and away.

ON THE TUBE
With the addition of four appearances on FOX Sports Southwest, the Texas Tech men's basketball team is scheduled to play 12 televised games this season. The Red Raiders will play SMU (Dec. 3), TCU (Dec. 8), and Baylor (Jan. 2, Feb. 10) on Fox Sports Southwest. Tech will play one national televised game on ESPN Feb. 20 against Nebraska at 8:30 p.m. Tech will appear seven times on ESPN Regional via the Big 12 television package.

TEXAS TECH'S TELEVISION GAMES
Dec.    3   SMU             7:00 p.m.   FOX Sports SW
Dec.    8   at TCU          7:00 p.m.   FOX Sports SW
Jan.    2   BAYLOR          5:00 p.m.   FOX Sports SW
Jan.    17  OKLAHOMA ST.    Noon        Big 12
Jan.    23  at Iowa St.     3:00 p.m.   Big 12 TV
Jan.    30  OKLAHOMA        12:45 p.m.  Big 12
Feb.    6   TEXAS           3:00 p.m.   Big 12
Feb.    10  at Baylor       6:00 p.m.   Big 12
Feb.    13  KANSAS          3:00 p.m.   Big 12
Feb.    17  at Texas        8:00 p.m.   Big 12
Feb.    20  NEBRASKA        8:30 p.m.   ESPN
Feb.    27  at Oklahoma St. 12:45 p.m.  Big 12

OWENS STRONG INSIDE
Sophomore forward Cliff Owens (Santa Fe, Texas) has led the team in rebounding and scoring in each of the first two games this season. His 23 points in the season-opener against UTSA was a career-high and his double-double against North Texas was his first of the season. Owens recorded a team-high 7.7 rebounds last season to rank in a tie for sixth in the Big 12. He finished third in the league with 5.8 defensive rebounds. In league games, Owens ranked in a tie for second with 8.4 boards and led the league with 6.9 defensive rebounds per game. Owens upped his totals to six double-doubles and eight games with 10 or more rebounds. He notched consecutive double-doubles late in the regular season against Texas A&M and Nebraska.

UNDER-RAY-TED
Point guard Rayford Young, a starter in all 27 games last season, was named to the All-Underrated squad, selected by a panel of sports writers who regularly cover the Big 12. The 5-11 Pampa, Texas, junior joined Baylor's Patrick Hunter, Texas A&M's Shanne Jones, Oklahoma State's Adrian Peterson and Kansas' Ryan Robertson. He is Texas Tech's top returning scorer (15.4) and led the club last season in assists (116) and steals (46). Young averaged 3.7 rebounds, grabbed three or more boards in 21 games and was third on the team with 11 blocks.

THEY CALL HIM "BOMB-A-WITZ"
Stan Bonewitz, who hit a team-high 84 three-pointers last season, has made at least three treys in the last 20 of 25 games. He now ranks third all-time at Tech with 180 career 3's. Bonewitz tied the single-game school mark of seven last season against Texas A&M on Feb. 21 in College Station. For the year, Bonewitz ranked second in the Big 12 with a 41.8 three-point percentage and 3.1 3's a game. He led the Big 12 in three-point percentage as a sophomore with a 46.3 mark.

 
CAREER THREE-POINTERS
    1.  Cory Carr, '95-98           262
    2.  Koy Smith, '93-96           237
    3.  Stan Bonewitz, '96-present  180
    4.  Lance Hughes, '92-95        160
    5.  Todd Duncan, '87-89         132

SEASON THREE-POINTERS 1. Cory Carr, '96-97 94 2. Cory Carr, '95-96 92 3. Stan Bonewitz, '97-98 84 4. Koy Smith, '95-96 77 5. Lance Hughes, '94-95 76 6. Todd Duncan, '87-88 67 6. Cory Carr, '97-98 67

HOME TROUBLES
Against Texas-San Antonio Texas Tech broke a three-game home losing streak with its 87-78 win at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The Red Raiders dropped their last three home games of 1997-98 to Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The three-game losing streak was Tech's first at home since early in the 1993-94 season. The three-game skid was also Tech's first in conference action since the 1990-91 campaign. Texas Tech has won 52 of its last 61 games in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum for an 86.4 winning percentage. From 1993-94 (against Texas A&M) until the Colorado game in 1996-97, Texas Tech won a school-record 35 consecutive games at home. All-time, Texas Tech is 388-153 in the "Bubble." The Red Raiders own a 68-21 mark under James Dickey at home.

YOUTH MOVEMENT
Texas Tech utilized four different starting combinations last season, any of which would be among the youngest quintet in James Dickey's seven seasons as head coach. For the first time since the 1993-94 season, Texas Tech started only two upperclassmen. The Red Raiders have started at least two seniors for the majority of the season in all but three of James Dickey's previous seven years as head coach, 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1997-98.

ROOKIE HELP
A total of nine true freshmen have started at least one game for Texas Tech during head coach James Dickey's seven previous years. Johnny Phillips started the last 15 games of 1997-98 - the most by a true freshman since Jason Sasser started 19 in 1992-93. Lance Hughes also started 19 during his freshman year in 1991-92.

FRESHMEN STARTERS
Player (Season)             Starts
Jason Sasser (1992-93)      19
Lance Hughes (1991-92)      19
Johnny Phillips (1997-98)   15
Lenny Holly (1992-93)       14
Chad Collins (1991-92)      5
Rayford Young (1996-97)     4
Tony Battie (1994-95)       3
Cory Carr (1994-95)         1   
Koy Smith (1992-93)         1

YOUNG FROM THE LINE
Last season Rayford Young tied for second behind teammate Cory Carr in the Big 12 in free throw percentage with an 84.3 clip. Twice last season he provided late-game heroics from the stripe to help Tech win. He made four free throws in the final 10 seconds against Kansas State, each time going to the line with Tech up one point. Young sank two free throws - his first attempts of the game - with four seconds remaining to send the game at Nevada into overtime. He made all eight of his free throw attempts at Nevada, six in the overtime period.

STAN THE REBOUNDER
Known for his long-range shooting and uncanny passing ability, Stan Bonewitz added another facet to his game last season - rebounding. The San Antonio junior came into the year with a career rebounding average of 2.1. He doubled that mark last year with a 4.9 average and led the team on the boards five games. He helped his average in the Big 12 Tournament against Texas with 10 boards for his first career double-double in the points and rebounds variety. Twice against Iowa State and Prairie View A&M, Bonewitz grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. For the year, Bonewitz had five or more rebounds in 15 games.

SECOND HALF COMEBACKS
Texas Tech's comeback from a 17-point halftime deficit at Nevada last season was the largest Texas Tech has overcome in James Dickey's seven years as head coach. The largest previous comeback from a halftime deficit came at New Mexico in Dickey's first season on Dec. 27, 1991. The Red Raiders erased a 10-point intermission deficit to win that game, 58-56. Following are the largest halftime deficits Tech has erased and went on to win during Dickey's tenure as head coach:

Date        Deficit Final       Game
12/27/97    17      99-94 ot    at Nevada
2/4/98      13      70-68       at Oklahoma
11/27/91    10      58-56       at New Mexico
12/28/95    9       62-58       LaSalle (El Paso)
2/21/98     8       49-41       at Texas A&M
3/1/95      8       84-71       Oral Roberts
2/27/97     7       84-73       at Missouri
3/9/94      6       75-73       Texas (SWC)
2/1/98      5       80-71       at Baylor
12/9/97     5       79-71       at Southwest Mo. St.
3/2/94      5       94-90       TCU
1/22/92     5       84-69       Rice
1/20/97     4       70-64       Oklahoma State

LINEUP BREAKDOWN IN THE DICKEY ERA
1991-92 2 seniors, 1 junior, 1 sophomore, 1 freshman
1992-93 1 senior, 1 junior, 2 sophomores, 1 freshman
1993-94 2 juniors, 3 sophomores
1994-95 2 seniors, 3 juniors
1995-96 4 seniors, 1 sophomore
1996-97 2 seniors, 2 juniors, 1 sophomore
1997-98 1 senior, 1 junior, 2 sophomores, 1 freshman
1998-99 1 senior, 3 juniors, 1 sophomore

RECORD SETTING NIGHT
The Texas Tech Red Raiders set an NCAA record with 27 points in one overtime period with their performance at Nevada on Dec. 27, 1997 in the 99-94 win. Combined, the two teams also set a mark with 49 points in the extra period. The previous record of 25 points in one overtime period was held by Texas A&M, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Old Dominion. The previous record for most points in an overtime period for both teams was 40, set by Old Dominion against William & Mary in 1992.

TEXAS TECH COMEBACKS in 1997-98

    GAME                        DEFICIT RESULT
    at Nevada                   -17 W, 99-94 (ot)
    at Oklahoma                 -14 W, 70-68
    at Baylor                   -11 W, 80-71
    at Southwest Missouri St.   -9  W, 79-71
    Kansas State                -9  W, 79-76
    at Texas A&M                -9  W, 86-83

RED RAIDERS VERSUS AP RANKED OPPONENTS SINCE 1991-92 Date Opponent Rank W/L Score 1-24-98 at Kansas 3 L 88-49 12-20-97 at New Mexico 14 L 81-62 3-7-97 at Iowa State 16 L 72-70 1-29-97 Kansas 1 L 86-77 1-25-97 Iowa State 14 L 64-61 12-21-96 Fresno State 21 W 111-101 12-4-96 New Mexico 11 W 77-68 11-30-96 George Washington 25 W 84-75 3-21-96 Georgetown t4 L 98-90 3-17-96 North Carolina 25 W 92-73 12-30-94 at Arizona 10 L 88-82 12-17-94 Kentucky 6 L 83-68 12-3-94 Wisconsin 13 L 70-65 12-11-93 Wisconsin 18 L 91-88 1-26-93 Houston 10 W 78-74 1-18-92 Tulane 19 W 101-98 12-27-91 Indiana 10 L 86-69

TEXAS TECH CAREER SCORERS 1. Rick Bullock, '73-76 2,118 2. Jason Sasser, '93-96 2,102 3. Cory Carr, '95-98 1,904 4. Lance Hughes, '92-95 1,762 5. Bubba Jennings, '81-85 1,760 6. Jim Reed, '54-56 1,689 7. Will Flemons, '90-93 1,604 8. Sean Gay, '86-89 1,597 9. Mike Russell, '76-78 1,545 10. Greg Lowery, '70-72 1,476 11. Jeff Taylor, '79-82 1,424 12. Dub Malaise, '64-66 1,420 13. Del Ray Mounts, '60-62 1,346 14. Paul Nolen, '51-53 1,306 15. Koy Smith, '93-96 1,299 16. Kent Williams, '77-80 1,172 17. Norman Reuther, '64-66 1,109 18. Harold Denney, '63-65 1,108 19. Gene Knolle, '70-71 1,073 20. William Johnson, '73-75 1,065 21. Leon Hill, '57-59 1,058 22. Eugene Carpenter,'54-56 1,035 23. Don Grove, '44, '48-49 1,009 Moving Up the List Stan Bonewitz, '95-99 802 Rayford Young, '96-99 653

IRON MEN
Last season Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young were among the top 10 in the Big 12 Conference in average minutes played. Teammate Cory Carr led the league, playing an average of 37.6 minutes per game. Only three of the top 10 players on the list below are return this season, including Bonewitz and Young.

1997-98 BIG 12 MINUTES PLAYED

    1.  Cory Carr       Texas Tech      37.6
    2.  Stan Bonewitz   Texas Tech      35.9
    2.  Tyronn Lue      Nebraska        35.9
    4.  Brian Skinner   Baylor          35.8
    5.  Corey Brewer    Oklahoma        35.4
    6.  Adrian Peterson Oklahoma St.    35.3
    7.  Patrick Hunter  Baylor          35.0
    8.  Rayford Young   Texas Tech      34.7
    9.  Brett Robisch   Oklahoma St.    33.4
    10. Roddrick Miller Baylor          33.3

TEXAS TECH UNDER JAMES DICKEY Under James Dickey 206 games '98-'99 Overall 134-72 2-0 Home 68-21 1-0 Road 43-39 2-0 Netural 23-12 0-0 Conference 63-37 0-0 Big 12 Conference 17-15 0-0 Home 9-7 0-0 Road 8-8 0-0 Non-Conference 59-29 2-0 Home 31-7 2-0 Road 17-16 0-0 Neutral 11-6 0-0 Conference Tournament 11-4 0-0 Big 12 Tournament 1-2 0-0 Southwest Conference Tournament 10-3 0-0 NCAA Tournament 2-2 0-0 Overtime 4-9 0-0 Games Decided by 5 points or less 28-27 0-0 Games Decided by 3 points or less 17-22 0-0 When Scoring 100 points or more 17-4 0-0 When holding opponents under 80 points 105-20 2-0 When shooting better FG% than opponent 110-15 2-0 When shooting worse FG% than opponent 22-54 0-0 When shooting better than 50% FG 65-8 2-0 When outrebounding opponent 93-29 2-0 When leading at the half 104-16 2-0 When trailing at the half 26-52 0-0 When tied at the half 4-4 0-0

Southwest Conference (all games) 47-23 Home 28-7 Road 19-16

JAMES DICKEY AS HEAD COACH Season Overall Conference/Finish 1991-92 15-14 6-8/5th 1992-93 18-12 (NCAA) 6-8/5th 1993-94 17-11 10-4/t2nd 1994-95 20-10 (NIT) 11-3/t1st 1995-96 30-2 (NCAA) 14-0/1st 1996-97 19-9 10-6/t3rd (12th)* 1997-98 13-14 7-9/t7th 1998-99 2-0 Seventh Year 134-72 (.650) 64-38 (.627)

Overall Conference Season H A N W-L H A 1991-92 8-5 5-7 2-2 6-8 4-3 2-5 1992-93 8-4 4-7 6-1 6-8 4-3 2-5 1993-94 8-4 6-5 3-2 10-4 6-1 4-3 1994-95 13-0 4-8 3-2 11-3 7-0 4-3 1995-96 13-0 11-0 6-2 14-0 7-0 7-0 1996-97 9-3 8-4 2-2 10-6 5-3 5-3 1997-98 8-5 5-8 0-1 7-9 4-4 3-5 1998-99 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

TECH BEFORE COACH JAMES DICKEY 1987-88 9-19 1988-89 13-15 1989-90 5-22 1990-91 8-23 Total 35-79 (.307)

TECH SINCE COACH JAMES DICKEY 1991-92 15-14 1992-93 18-12 (NCAA) 1993-94 17-11 1994-95 20-10 (NIT) 1995-96 30-2 (NCAA) 1996-97 19-9 1997-98 13-14 1998-99 2-0 Total 134-72 (.650)

TEXAS TECH 1998-99 REVIEW Overall: 2-0 Home: 1-0 Road: 1-0 Neutral: 0-0 Overtime: 0-0

Non-Conference: 2-0 Big 12: 0-0 Big 12 Tournament: 0-0

Current Streak: Won 2 Home Streak: Won 1 Road Streak: Won 1 Neutral Streak: Lost 2

Monday: 0-0 Tuesday: 0-0 Wednesday: 0-0 Thursday: 1-0 Friday: 0-0 Saturday: 1-0 Sunday: 0-0

November: 2-0 December: 0-0 January: 0-0 February: 0-0 March: 0-0

White Uniforms: 1-0 Red Uniforms: 0-0 Black Uniforms: 1-0

TEXAS TECH VERSUS THE BIG 12 Baylor 65-37 Colorado 3-11 Iowa State 1-4 Kansas 0-9 Kansas State 3-7 Missouri 3-2 Nebraska 4-8 Oklahoma 10-11 Oklahoma State 6-11 Texas 50-49 Texas A&M 51-45

1998-99 GAME LEADERS
Leading Scorer: Cliff Owens 2
Leading Rebounder: Cliff Owens 2
Leading Scorer/Rebounder: Cliff Owens 2
Leading Scorer/Assists: none
Assists Leader: Stan Bonewitz 2
Double Figures Scoring: Cliff Owens 2, Stan Bonewitz 2, Johnny Phillips 1, Rayford Young 1, Brodney Kennard 1
30-Point Games: none
20-Point Games: Cliff Owens 1
Double Figures Rebounds: Cliff Owens 1
Double Figures Points/Rebounds: Cliff Owens 1
Double Figures Points/Assists: none
Dunks: Cliff Owens 4, Brodney Kennard 3, Johnny Phillips 3, Mario Layne 1. Opponents: 9
Charges Taken: 0
First Sub Off The Bench: Jevon Banks 1, Jason Mitchell 1
Won Opening Tip-off: 2; Opponents: 0


 

 

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