Raider Basketball Team to Face TCU|
December 7, 1998
NEXT ON THE SLATE Teams: Texas Tech (4-2) at TCU (7-2) Date: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 1998 Site: Lubbock Municipal Coliseum (8,174) Series: Texas Tech leads 65-41; Texas Tech leads 25-24 in Ft. Worth Last Meeting: TCU 107, Texas Tech 76 in 1997-98 Coaches: Texas Tech - James Dickey (Central Arkansas, '76), 136-74 (Eighth Season & Overall); TCU - Billy Tubbs (Lamar Univ.), 526-247 (25th Season Overall), 87-47 (5th Season at TCU) Texas Tech Radio: All Sports Radio Network [KCRM-FM (99.5) & KKAM-AM (1340) locally]. Jack Dale, play-by-play Television: FOX Sports Southwest
So Far This Season... Texas Tech is 4-2 on the season following Saturday's 75-74 loss to Stephen F. Austin State. The Raiders are shooting .523 on the season and .450 from behind the three-point stripe. Despite outshooting opponents, the Raiders have been outrebounded on the offensive boards by a 115-59 margin in the six games. Rayford Young has emerged as the top scorer for the Red Raiders, averaging 17.7 points per game. Cliff Owens is the rebounding leader with a 9.5 per game average, while scoring at a 12.8 per game clip. Bonewitz is the only Red Raider to have scored in double-figures in every game this season and is shooting 13-for-27 from the three-point stripe for 48.1 pct. The Raiders opened the season with three-straight wins before dropping two of its last three games. Texas Tech is averaging a 13.5 points margin of victory in its four games. In the two losses, the Red Raiders have averaged a 2.5 point margin of defeat. Young has led the team in three of the last four games, while Owens has been the team leader in rebounds in five of six games this season.
Last Week Texas Tech shot a season-low 37.3 percent and was outrebounded by a 45-39 margin in a 75-74 loss to Stephen F. Austin State on Saturday. Rayford Young led the Raiders with his second-straight 28-point game, whie shooting a school-record-tying 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Patrick Gusters led SFA with 32 points, the most by a Texas Tech opponent this season. Rayford Young scored a career-high-tying 28 points in Thursday's 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. Layne was also instrumental in the Raiders' defensive effort against SMU's top scorer.
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 136-74 record, a winning percentage of .648. 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 86-37 for a .699 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 TCU The Horned Frogs are 7-2 on the season following a 79-86 win over Texas-El Paso Saturday. All-America candidate Lee Nailon leads the team in scoring with a 23.3 per game average. Junior transfer Marquise Gainous is the Frogs' rebounding leader with an average of 9.6 per game. TCU's two losses came in the season opener against Rhode Island 87-85 and at Oklahoma State 79-74. Head coach Billy Tubbs is one of the nation's winningest coaches and has built the TCU program with an 87-47 record in his fifth season.
The Series Tuesday's game will mark the 50th meeting between the two schools in Fort Worth. Texas Tech owns a 65-41 series edge between the former Southwest Conference rivals. However, in Fort Worth, the Raiders own just a 25-24 edge in the previous 49 meetings. James Dickey is 10-3 against TCU. Last season, TCU jumped out to a 57-33 halftime lead en route to a 107-76 win in Lubbock. The loss was Texas Tech's worst at home in 66 seasons. Malcolm Johnson scored 33 points, while Nailon added 28 and 18 rebounds in the game. The Frogs shot .600 from the three-point stripe on 6-for-10 shooting and its .639 from the field was the best against Texas Tech since the 1995 NIT loss at Washington State.
Break Out Game for Layne Against SMU 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 three upperclassmen this season are carrying the load for the Raiders. The trio of senior Stan Bonewitz and juniors Cliff Owens and Rayford Young have accounted for 54.9 percent of the team's 77.0 points and 46.6 percent of the team's 41.5 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.
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 non-league teams Texas 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 six games of the season, including the first three 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.
Owens Strong Inside Sophomore forward Cliff Owens (Santa Fe, Texas) has led the team in scoring in three of the first six 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 and equalled that mark with 28 against Stephen F. Austin. He also tied a school record, shooting 10-for-10 from the free throw line against SFA and has gone 9-of-16 from behind the three-point stripe in the last two games. Young made eight-straight free throws in the last :54 of the game to seal the victory against SMU and has an 18-straight streak from the charity stripe.
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 29 games. He now ranks third all-time at Tech with 188 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 188 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 six 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.
TEXAS TECH UNDER JAMES DICKEY Under James Dickey 210 games '98-'99 Overall 136-74 4-2 Home 70-22 3-1 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 61-31 4-2 Home 33-8 3-1 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 28-29 0-2 Games Decided by 3 points or less 17-23 0-1 When Scoring 100 points or more 17-4 0-0 When holding opponents under 80 points 106-22 3-2 When shooting better FG% than opponent 112-16 4-1 When shooting worse FG% than opponent 22-55 0-1 When shooting better than 50% FG 67-8 4-0 When outrebounding opponent 94-30 3-1 When leading at the half 106-18 4-2 When trailing at the half 26-52 0-0 When tied at the half 4-4 0-0
1998-99 GAME LEADERS Leading Scorer: Rayford Young 3, Cliff Owens 2, Stan Bonewitz 1 Leading Rebounder: Cliff Owens 4, Stan Bonewitz 2 Leading Scorer/Rebounder: Cliff Owens 2, Stan Bonewitz 1 Leading Scorer/Assists: Rayford Young 1, Stan Bonewitz 1 Assists Leader: Stan Bonewitz 5, Rayford Young 1, James Ware 1 Double Figures Scoring: Stan Bonewitz 6, Rayford Young 4, Cliff Owens 3, Johnny Phillips 2, Brodney Kennard 1, James Ware 1, Mario Layne 1 30-Point Games: none 20-Point Games: Rayford Young 2, Cliff Owens 1 Double Figures Rebounds: Cliff Owens 2, Stan Bonewitz 1 Double Figures Points/Rebounds: Cliff Owens 1, Stan Bonewitz 1 Double Figures Points/Assists: Rayford Young 1 Dunks: Cliff Owens 8, Brodney Kennard 5, Johnny Phillips 4, Mario Layne 2. Opponents: 10 Charges Taken: Jayson Mitchell 3 First Sub Off The Bench: Jason Mitchell 3, Jevon Banks 1, James Ware 1, Broadney Kennard 1 Won Opening Tip-off: 5; Opponents: 1
1998-99 TEXAS TECH TRENDS Overall H R N When outrebounding opponents 3-1 2-0 1-1 0-0 When tied or outrebounded 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0