Raider Men to Face UT-Pan American
December 13, 1998
NEXT ON THE SLATE Teams: Texas Tech (4-3) vs Texas-Pan American (1-9)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998
Site: Lubbock Municipal Coliseum (8,174)
Series: First meeting
Last Meeting: First meeting
Coaches: Texas Tech - James Dickey (Central Arkansas, '76), 136-74 (Eighth Season & Overall); UTPA - Delray Brooks (Providence College '88), 4-33 (2nd season overall & at UTPA)
Texas Tech Radio: All Sports Radio Network [KCRM-FM (99.5) & KKAM-AM (1340) locally]. Jack Dale, play-by-play
So Far This Season... Texas Tech is 5-3 on the season following Saturday's 80-55 win over Texas-Arlington in Lubbock. The game, which provided a break for the players from final exams, was the second of five games the Red Raider have scheduled against schools in the University of Texas system. Texas-Pan American and Texas-Austin will serve as the final three. Junior guard Rayford Young is the Red Raiders' leading scorer, averaging a team-high 16.1 points and 2.3 steals per game. He is also shooting a team-high .911 from the free throw line. Junior Stan Bonewitz is second in scoring with a 14.1 per game average and is the leader in assists, averaging 5.0 per game. He is also second on the team in rebounds with an average of 5.1 per game. Junior forward Cliff Owens is scoring 12.0 points and grabbing a team-high 9.1 rebounds per game. He has led Texas tech in six games on the boards this season and has two double-doubles. The Red Raiders are shooting .512 from the field through the first eight games and are scoring at a 78.5 points per game average. The Raiders are shooting .441 and are averaging 6.5 three-point field goals per game.
Last Week Texas Tech split games with Texas Christian (105-86, L) and Texas-Arlington (80-55, W) last week as the team continues the non-conference portion of its schedule. TCU shot .661 from the field and .500 from the three-point stripe in its win over Texas tech in Fort Worth on Tuesday. Johnny Phillips recorded his first-double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Stan Bonewitz poured-in a team-high 21 points, including 4-of-6 from the three-point stripe. All-America Lee Nailon led TCU with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Against Texas-Arlington, Bonewitz led an outside barrage with a season-high three-pointers en route to a 21 points and six assists evening in the 80-55 win. the Red Raiders shot .560 from the field and .737 from the free throw line. Young added 14 points, while Owens added 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with a career-high three assists.
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 137-75 record, a winning percentage of .646. 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 87-38 for a .696 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 UTPA The Broncs are 1-9 on the season and averaging 69.2 points per game. However in the last four games, UTPA is scoring at an 82.25 per game clip. UTPA has played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, losing to (in order) Rice, LSU, Providence, Pittsburgh, Colorado State, Illinois, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico and DePaul. The lone victory came at the hands of Texas Southern by a 73-61 margin. UPTA dropped its contest at New Mexico on Dec. 8 by a 101-94 margin and fell 93-82 at DePaul on Dec. 12. Brian Merriweather leads the Broncs in scoring, averaging 23.4 points per game. Matt Palmquist is the team's rebounding leader with a 6.5 boards per game average. Four UTPA players have double figures in assists, led by Lalo Rios' 42 (4.2 per game). Merriweather scored 27 points on 11-for-23 shooting, including 5-for-10 from the free throw line, in 38 minutes against DePaul He has led the team in scoring in each of the last eight games.
The Series Thursday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between Texas Tech and Texas-Pan American.
Veterans Carrying the Load Texas Tech's three upperclassmen this season are carrying the load for the Raiders. The quartet of senior Stan Bonewitz and juniors Cliff Owens and Rayford Young and sophomore Johnny Phillips have accounted for 62.9 percent of the team's 78.5 points and 53.9 percent of the team's 40.4 rebounds per game this season. Owens, Young and Bonewitz are each averaging over 31 minutes of playing time per game and are the only Red Raiders in double figures in scoring. In addition, the four players are the only Red raiders to lead the team in scoring our rebounding in the first eight games this season.
Hot-Shooting Raiders The Raiders regained their hot hand against Texas-Arlington, shooting .560 from the floor following a two-game streak of less than .500. Texas Tech has shot over .500 in five of the first eight 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 season 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.
Will Take Charity The Raiders have shot .735 from the free throw line over the last two games, making 26-of-34 attempts. Rayford young leads the team, shooting .911 from the free throw line, making 41-of-45 attempts on the season. Six Red Raiders are perfect from the free throw line in the last two games.
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 in six of the first eight games this season. His 23 points in the season-opener against UTSA was a career-high and his 16 rebounds against New Mexico State was a season-high. He has two double-doubles this 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.
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 21-of-22 from behind the charity stripe in the last four games. Young made eight-straight free throws in the last :54 of the game to seal the victory against SMU and has an 20-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 24 of 31 games. He now ranks third all-time at Tech with 198 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 198 4. Lance Hughes, '92-95 160 5. Todd Duncan, '87-89 132
Home Cooking This season, Texas Tech is 4-1 within the historic confines of Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. In the season-opener 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 56 of its last 65 games in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum for an .862 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 390-153 in the "Bubble." The Red Raiders own a 72-21 mark under James Dickey at home for a .774 winning percentage.
Youth Movement The Red Raiders have started the same five players in each of the first eight 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 almost 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.
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 Young's excellent free throw shooting this season is no fluke. Shooting .911 this season, he tied for second behind teammate Cory Carr in the Big 12 last season 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.
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.
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 86-69
IRON MEN Last season Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young were among the top 10 in the Big 12 Conference in average minutes played and appear to be on their way to similar distinction this season. Along with Cliff Owens, the trio are averaging over 31 minutes per game. Last season, 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 33.3All Texas Tech football, men's and women's basketball and baseball games and coaches shows can be heard on the Internet through a link at www.texastech.com.
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