Texas Tech Men's Basketball Defeats Texas-Pan American 101-88
December 17, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Led by Stan Bonewitz's career-high 29 points, the Texas Tech men's basketball team defeated Texas-Pan American 101-88 in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum tonight.
Texas Tech was 4-5 from the field in the game's first five minutes and jumped out to a quick 16-9 lead. However, Pan American scored the next eight consecutive points to take their first lead of the night. For the remainder of the half, the two teams exchanged buckets and went into half time tied 44-44.
For the first half, Pan American shot 8-11 from three-point range for 72.7 percent. Texas Teach countered by shooting 16-28 from the floor for 57.1 percent. The Red Raider were 4-9 from three-point range.
In the first nine minutes of the second half, Texas Tech used a 22-4 run to take the lead for good. During the run, Texas Tech hit six three-point baskets including three by Bonewitz. Despite hitting nine three-point buckets in the second half, Pan American would only draw as close as 11 points twice in the second half.
For the game, the Red Raiders shot 30-52 from the floor for 57.7 percent. They also were 11-21 from three point-range for 52.4 percent.
Guard Brian Merriweather led Pan American with 32 points in the contest. The total ties the most for an individual against the Red Raiders this season. Guard Jevon Banks, who made his first start of the season subbing for the injured Rayford Young, scored nine points and had four assists in 27 minutes of play. Cliff Owens posted his third double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
With their second straight victory, Texas Tech improves to 6-3 on the season. Texas-Pan American drops to 1-10.
The Red Raiders now travel to Laie, Hawaii, to play in the Pearl Harbor Classic on December 21-23.