Quotes and Notes (December 17, 1998)
December 17, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - QUOTES AND NOTES
Texas Tech 101 Texas-Pan America 88
TEXAS TECH'S GAME NOTES
Stan Bonewitz' 29 points is a career-high, surpassing his former career-high of 26 points vs. Texas A&M last year.
Other Texas Tech career-highs: Jayson Mitchell (2 blocks, ties career-high).
Texas Tech's 101 points is a season-high and the most since scoring 102 points against Texas A&M last season.
Texas Pan America's 17 three-pointers is the most an opponent has hit against Texas Tech this season.
Texas Pan America's Brian Merriweather's 32 points tied an opponent individual game-high against Texas Tech this season. Stephen F. Austin's Patrick Gusters also hit 32 against the Red Raiders.
Quoting Texas Tech coach James Dickey
"I knew it was going to be a tough game. First of all, because of finals. Secondly, because Rayford (Young) was out with an injury. And third of all, because of Texas-Pan America and their phenomenal shooting team. I thought we played much better in the second half. We made some mistakes because we had guys in different positions with Rayford out of the game. We committed too many turnovers tonight. Our defense was good, our shots were good and our free throw shooting was good except that we didn't get there as much as I'd like us to. We played extremely well in the second half of the game. You schedule some of these games and you're supposed to beat these teams but you forget how lethargic the guys can be around finals time. All I wanted to do is get out today with a 'W'. We missed Rayford and his leadership tonight. Jayson (Mitchell) and Stan (Bonewitz) both hit two big three-pointers, Jevon (Banks) hit a key shot and did a nice job for us down the stretch. Jayson hit a big three in the corner, then Andy Ellis hit a big jumper. We also got the ball into Cliff (Owens) much better in the second half."
Quoting Texas Tech guard Stan Bonewitz
"Merriweather was very capable of scoring. In the first half, he was hitting everything, but in the second half, I thought we did a good job on him. We played well but he had a big night. I felt we did a good job in the second half. Everyone seemed to be getting touches in on offense. We had some guys step up for us and set the tone. After we lost to Stephen F. Austin and TCU, we were down but the guys did a good job of getting back to the basics. Going to Hawaii will be a fun trip. We'll take in what we can but we want to win some ball games. Tulsa will be a tough team to play. You have a tendency of looking ahead to a trip like that but we took care of business and did what we needed to do to win."
Quoting Texas Tech forward Jayson Mitchell
"After that three-pointer that I hit, I had an emotional lift and I hit some big shots. I was concentrating tonight on hitting my shots. With Rayford out, it's a big loss for us- especially his ballhandling. We made a couple of turnovers. It's all a part of growing and learning. I'm not used to handling the ball like that in those positions."