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Stephen F. Austin Hands Texas Tech Men's Basketball 75-74 Defeat




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December 5, 1998

Box Score

LUBBOCK, Texas - Patrick Gusters of Stephen F. Austin hit Texas Tech with 32 points as the Lumberjacks handed the Red Raiders their first home loss of the season 75-74.

Rayford Young hit a three-point shot with one second remaining in the game to draw Texas Tech within one, but a Cliff Owens desperation heave missed the mark.

"They tightened up and got the momentum and held it for the final minutes of the game," Texas Tech coach James Dickey said. "It was our poorest performance of the year. It was a winable game and we didn't get the job done."

Stephen F. Austin led by as many as nine points in the second half before the Raiders trimmed the lead to three on a trifecta by Young with 3:53 to go.

Gusters finished off his scoring spree with a pair of free throws with 0:21 left in the game to give the Lumberjacks a 75-71 lead.

Texas Tech had season lows in field goal percentage at .373 and three-point field goal percentage at .333. Stephen F. Austin shot 46 percent from the field in the game and 54 percent from beyond the three-point stripe.

Young led the Red Raiders in scoring with 28 points in the game. Stan Bonewitz scored 12 and Andy Ellis was the only other Raider in double figures with 10.

Jermaine Lyons and Kevin Daniels had 11 and 10 points respectively for the Lumberjacks.

Post Game Quotes

Quoting Texas Tech head coach James Dickey: "I credit coach Allister and his team. I give them a lot of credit. They were focused and Patrick Guster had an outstanding game. They shot well and hit all night. Then they tightened up and got the momentum and kept it for the final minutes of the game. We were in inefficient on offense. It was our poorest shooting game of the year. It was a very winnable game and we didn't get the job done. They did exactly what they needed to do. They got the crowd out of it and played great defense. It was a disappointing loss and a big win for them. We got outrebounded by a smaller team tonight and we didn't shoot our free throws very well. Stephen F. Austin played with great confidence. They were focused, they executed well and shot well. We weren't aggressive as we normally are."

"I was concerned about this game because of what's been happening around the country. We've talked with our players about being mentally ready to play. We didn't make the plays when we needed to and they did."

Quoting Texas Tech guard Rayford Young: "We just did a poor job of getting ready to play tonight but that's no excuse. Patrick Guster had an outstanding shooting night, everything was falling for him. We didn't really shoot well. They played us hard for 40 minutes and played good defense. You've got to give them credit. We got a bit too overconfident when we got the lead early in the game. They played hard and kept coming back. Guster really hit some big shots. When you give a team like them a chance to win, then they get on a roll, it's hard to beat them."

Quoting Stephen F. Austin coach Derek Allister: "The fact that we've played a tough schedule really showed tonight. They believed that they could win and they fought a lot harder. I think we have a decent ballclub for our size of schools. This was a big upset for us. We've had flashes this season. We should have beaten Texas A&M and with Rice we were right there. We've shown indication that we can play but it's the first time we've showed that determination to win and play for a full 40 minutes. It was tough situation tonight for Texas Tech. They were coming off a big win against SMU on television. It would be tough to get the guys mentally prepared. Coach Dickey is one of the best coaches in the business. I think they'll be an outstanding team this season."

 

 

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