Raider Men's Baksetball to Face SFA
December 5, 1998
NEXT ON THE SLATE
Teams: Stephen F. Austin (1-4) at Texas Tech (4-1) Date: Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998 Site: Lubbock Municipal Coliseum (8,174) Series: Stephen F. Austin leads 4-1 Last Meeting: Texas Tech 83, SFA 57, Dec. 30, 1997 in Lubbock Coaches: Texas Tech - James Dickey (Central Arkansas, '76), 136-73 (Eighth Season & Overall); SFA -Derek Allister (Chico State '76), 23-35 (Third Season) Texas Tech Radio: All Sports Radio Network [KCRM-FM (99.5) & KKAM-AM (1340) locally]. Jack Dale, play-by-play Television: NoneSo Far This Season... Texas Tech is 4-1 on the season following Thursday's 90-81 win over former Southwest Conference rival SMU. The Red Raiders shot .600 in the game and committed a season-low 14 turnovers in the game, while limiting the Ponies to just 34 percent from the floor. Rayford Young has moved into the top scoring position for the Red Raiders, averaging 15.6 points per game. Cliff Owens is the rebounding leader with a 9.4 per game average, while scoring at a 14.0 per game clip. Bonewitz is the only Red Raiders to have scored in double-figures in every game this season and is shooting 11-for-21 from the three-point stripe for .524 pct. The Raiders are shooting .560 percent on the season and have surpassed the 50 percent mark in three of the first four games. Eight Red Raiders are shooting over .500 on the season. On the flipside, Texas Tech has committed 93 turnovers in the first four games for an average of 23.3 per game, while forcing 14 per game from its opponents.
Last Week Rayford Young scored a career-high-tying 28points in the 91-80 win over SMU, including nine-for-10 from the free throw line and five-for-10 from the three-point arc. Cliff Owens scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the game, while Mario Layne chipped-in a season-high 15 points and Stan Bonewitz added 10 points and nine assists. Texas Tech dropped a 60-56 decision at Southwestern Louisiana Saturday in Lafayette. The Raiders shot under 50 percent for the first time this season, making 19-43 field goal attempts for 44.2 percent. Stan Bonewitz led Texas Tech with 13 points and a season-high 10 rebounds, while junior James Ware added a season-high 11 points, including 3-of-5 from the three-point stripe. Forward Reginald Poole led USL to its first win of the season with 27 points.
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 136-73 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 86-36 for a .704 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 SFA The Lumberjacks are 1-4 on the season after dropping their first four games of the year with three of those losses coming on the road. Sophomore forward Patrick Gusters is the team's scoring leader, averaging 18.4 points per game with a season-high 23 points in the season-opener against Texas A&M. Senior center Keith Tate is averaging a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. Head SFA coach Derek Allister is in his third season at the Nacogdoches, Texas-based school. He is 23-35 in his time as the leader of the Lumberjack program He served as an assistant at Nevada and California prior to moving to SFA.
The Series Surprisingly, Stephen F. Austin owns a commanding 4-1 lead in the all-time series between the two schools. Just as surprising, the two teams have only played five times in history and three of the contests came in the 1939-40 season. Texas Tech won last year's meeting by an 83-57 margin behind a combined 41 points from Cory Carr and Rayford Young. After a close first half, the Raiders outscored Stephen F. Austin by a 47-28 margin in the second-half to clinch the victory. Then-freshman Phillip Clayton led SFA in scoring with 13 points. The first meeting between the two schools was Dec. 28, 1937, a 48-36 SFA win.
Break Out Game for Layne Junior transfer Mario Layne enjoyed a "break-out" game against SMU, scoring a career-high 15 points and making several trademark acrobatic moves to the basket. One of the best leapers in the Big 12 Conference, Layne went 7-for-10 from the field, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists against the Ponies. Perhaps more importantly, he was instrumental in limiting SMU's top scorer, Jeryl Sasser, to an 8-for-28 shooting night. A native of Barbados, Layne transferred to Texas Tech from South Plains College last spring.
Veterans Carrying the Load Texas Tech's four returnees this season are carrying the load for the Raiders. The quartet of senior Stan Bonewitz, juniors Cliff Owens and Rayford Young and sophomore Johnny Phillips have accounted for 53.4 percent of the team's 77.6 points and 45.2 percent of the team's 42.0 rebounds per game this season. Owens, Young and Bonewitz are each averaging over 32 minutes of playing time per game and are the only Red Raiders in double figures in scoring.
Quick Start Quick starts have been a trademark of James Dickey-led teams. The Red Raiders have opened the season with a 4-1 record or better in five of Dickey's eight seasons. The only time Dickey has had a losing record in the first five games of the season was a 2-3 start in 1993 and 1997.
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.
Hot-Shooting Raiders Texas Tech has shot over .600 in four of the first three games of the season before falling short at Southwestern La. The streak of three-straight games over .500 to start the seaon marked the first three-game streak since the George Washington, USL and Southwest Missouri St. games last season. Texas Tech has not surpassed .500 shooting in four-straight games since the 1995-96 season when it accomplished the feat against Montana State, East Tennessee State, TCU and Texas A&M.
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 12Owens Strong Inside Sophomore forward Cliff Owens (Santa Fe, Texas) has led the team in scoring in three of the first five 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. He pulled a season-high 16 rebounds against New Mexico State. 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.
Young Clutch Performer Point guard Rayford Young tied a career-high with 28 points against SMU. He also made nine-of-10 free throw attempts in the game and went five-for-10 from behind the three-point stripe. Young made eight-straight free throws in the last :54 of the game to seal the victory.
Young under Ray-Ted 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.
Just 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 22 of 28 games. He now ranks third all-time at Tech with 186 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 186 4. Lance Hughes, '92-95 160 5. Todd Duncan, '87-89 132
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 55 of its last 64 games in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum for an .859 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 389-153 in the "Bubble." The Red Raiders own a 71-21 mark under James Dickey at home for a .772 winning percentage.
Youth Movement The Red Raiders have started the same five players in each of the first five games of the season. The lineup of Rayford Young and Stan Bonewitz and the guards, Mario layne and Cliff Owens at the forwards and Johnny Phillips at center accounts for over 72 percent of the team's scoring. 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.
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
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.
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) 1YOUNG FROM THE LINE Young's excellent free throw shooting against SMU was no fluke. He 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. And, with his 10-rebound effort at USL and nine-board effort against SMU, he is the team's second-leading rebounder. 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 14 70-68 at Oklahoma 2/1/98 11 80-71 at Baylor 11/27/91 10 58-56 at New Mexico 2/21/98 9 86-83 at Texas A&M 1/21/98 9 79-76 Kansas State 12/9/97 9 79-71 at Southwest Missouri St. 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)
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.
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 86-69IRON 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 209 games '98-'99 Overall 136-73 3-1 Home 70-21 3-0 Road 43-40 1-1 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 61-30 4-1 Home 33-7 3-0 Road 17-17 1-1 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 28-28 0-1 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 106-21 3-1 When shooting better FG% than opponent 112-16 4-1 When shooting worse FG% than opponent 22-54 0-0 When shooting better than 50% FG 67-8 4-0 When outrebounding opponent 94-30 3-1 When leading at the half 106-17 4-1 When trailing at the half 26-52 0-0 When tied at the half 4-4 0-0James Dickey Call-In Show James Dickey conducts a weekly fan call-in radio show each Wednesday (Begins Dec. 2) from 7-8 p.m. live from Jazz Louisiana Kitchen in Lubbock. The flagship station for the show is KKAM-AM (1340) and the host is Jack Dale. Affiliates (beginning in Jan.) include:
Amarillo KGNC-AM (710) Lamesa KPET-AM (690) Lubbock KKAM-AM (1340) Midland KCRS-AM (550) Plainview KKYN-AM (1090)James Dickey Television Show The James Dickey television show airs each Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on KCBD-TV in Lubbock. The host of the show is Bryan Mudd, KCBD-TV sports director.
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