Adams Earns His Night

Luke Adams, a freshman walk on, propelled Texas Tech to an early 17-0 lead over Grambling State.

Luke Adams, a freshman walk on, propelled Texas Tech to an early 17-0 lead over Grambling State.
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Luke Adams (middle) helped the Red Raiders to their fifth win of the season in his first career start.

Dec. 19, 2011

by Britton Drown
Texas Tech Athletics Communications

Luke Adams earned this night. In simple terms, that's how head coach Billy Gillispie described the decision process in starting the 5-foot-9 little-known freshman guard.

Before Sunday night, Adams, a walk-on from Big Spring, Texas, registered a mere 11 minutes of playing time in just one game this season. But he suddenly found himself in the starting lineup against Grambling State on Sunday night-the first home game for the Red Raiders in 28 days.

He earned it, and it didn't take very long for him to prove that.

On Tech's first possession of the game, and without hesitation, he launched a deep 3-pointer from the corer.


It was the first of four consecutive 3-pointers Adams would make as he propelled the Red Raiders to an early 17-0 lead--their best start to a game all season.

"He can make shots," Gillispie said after the game.

"He's just a great all-around player.

- head coach Billy Gillispie

Yes, the little guy can certainly shoot, and for the first half on Sunday night, Adams was the best shooter on the floor. In his first career start, he played all 20 minutes of the first half and walked into the locker room at halftime as the game's leading scorer with 12 points.

"He is the type of player that you need in this league down the road," Grambling State head coach Bobby Washington said. "Once he gets some experience under his belt, they [Texas Tech] will one day be able to win the Big 12."

Adams may not have been well known before Sunday night's 87-59 win over Grambling State, but maybe his night should not have been all that surprising.

The Big Spring, Texas native is a coach's son. His father, Mark, is the head coach at Howard College and played collegiately at South Plains College.

Basketball is a part of Adams and always has been. During his senior year at Big Spring High School, Adams led Class 3A schools in scoring averaging 26.9 points per game which ranked sixth overall in the state.

"He's just a great all-around player," Gillispie said.

Adams finished the night with 15 points and a game-high four steals.

The Red Raiders return to action on Thursday night Tulsa Okla. Tip off is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game will broadcast on FCS Central as well as the Texas Tech Sports Network.




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