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Dec. 29, 2011

• Texas Tech is coming off of a 74-58 win over CSU-Bakersfield on Dec. 27 at the United Spirit Arena.
• Southeastern Louisiana has dropped two straight games to Southeastern Conference foes Arkansas (55-62) and South Carolina (43-62).
• The game is being televised by ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Dave Armstrong (Play-By-Play) and Reid Gettys (Analyst) are on the call.
• Texas Tech opens Big 12 play in Stillwater on Jan. 4 against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m.
• The Red Raiders open conference play at home on Jan. 7 against No. 6/7 Baylor.

• This is the second-ever meeting between Texas Tech and Southeastern Louisiana. Tech defeated the Lions in Lubbock in 2008, 74-63.

• Southeastern Louisiana University is located in Hammond, La., and is a member of the Southland Conference.
• The Lions are led by the trio of Brandon Fortenberry (17.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg), Elgin Bailey (11.3 ppg and 9.0 rpg) and Roosevelt Johnson (10.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg).

• Texas Tech is 40-10 all-time against teams currently competing in the Southland Conference. This is the third Southland Conference opponent of the year for the Red Raiders. Texas Tech has already defeated Stephen F. Austin (64-54) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (61-54).

Since Texas Tech joined the Big 12 Conference at the beginning of the 1996-97 season, there have been 39 Red Raider players scored 20 points in a game at least once. In that group, 25 have performed the feat twice. The school’s all-time leading scorer, Andre Emmett did it 55 times. In all, five of the school’s top seven scorers have played in what we call the Big 12 Era. Here is a complete list of the 39 Red Raiders, who have compiled 372 20-point games at Texas Tech. Red Raider freshman Jordan Tolbert is the newest member with four 20-point games this season. He had 20 against Indiana State, added 27 against TCU, netted 22 against Grambling State, added 21 against Oral Roberts and 27 against CSU-Bakersfield. His 27 at TCU are the most by a Red Raider freshman on the road in the Big 12 Era, but John Roberson holds the freshman record with 28 against Northwestern State in 2007. Tolbert is one of 10 freshman to record a 20-point game at Texas Tech, but joins just Roberson (7) as Red Raiders who have done it at least four times. Red Raider Ty Nurse also joined the list this year, when he went for 29 points against Troy in the season opener. Tolbert and Nurse are the Red Raiders’ top two scorers this season.

Last time out against CSU-Bakersfield, the starting lineup was DeShon Minnis, Javarez Willis, Jaye Crockett, Robert Lewandowski and Jordan Tolbert. It was the first time this season that lineup was used to start the game. It was the fifth different starting lineup this year. Willis, Lewandowski and Tolbert have started every game. It was Minnis’ first career start and Crockett’s third career start, but first start this season.

Jordan Tolbert is just a freshman, but his play has definitely not been that of a first-year player. The 6-7 Tolbert is second in the nation in scoring among freshmen competing in the nation’s six power conferences. Washington’s Tony Wroten leads players from these leagues with 16.0 points  per game, while Tolbert is second with 15.8 an outing. St. John’s Moe Harkless (15.7) is third, followed by Duke’s Austin Rivers (15.6) and Florida’s Bradley Beal (15.5). Tolbert has seen his scoring average steadily climb as the season has progressed from 8.0 points per game to its current. 15.8 per game.

Jordan Tolbert leads the team in points (15.8), rebounds (6.5), field goal percentage (.648), field goal attempts (105) and makes (68) and he ranks third on the team in free throw percentage (.760). The 6-7 freshman is fifth in the Big 12 Conference scoring and eighth in rebounds and ranks second in field goal percentage and 13th in free throw percentage. He is the leading freshman scorer in the league and is second in rebounding. Tolbert has scored in double figures eight times this season, including a season-high 27 twice — once at TCU on Dec. 6 and once against CSU-Bakersfield on Dec. 27. It was the most by a Tech freshman since John Roberson went for 28 against Northwestern State on Dec. 29, 2007. It is the second highest scoring mark by a Red Raider freshman in the Big 12 Era. He also netted 20 points against Indiana State at the Old Spice Classic, 22 against Grambling State and 21 against Oral Roberts. Tolbert has pulled down five rebounds in 10 of 11 games this season and had a season-best nine on three different occasions. He has recorded five 20-point games as a freshman, which has only been recorded one other time in the last 20 years at Texas Tech by a freshman. He has also done it four times in a row, which was last done by Jarrius Jackson in November, 2006.

Javarez Willis is one of three returning players from last year’s squad who has started all 11 games this season. Willis is third on the squad in scoring (8.0), leads in assists (2.5) and 3-point field goal percentage (.389) and is second in free throw percentage (.783). He has recorded nine or more points six times this season and had a season high 16 against Cal State-Bakersfield thanks in large part to a season-high four 3-pointers. He has also dished out at least two assists in eight of 11 games this season, while distributing four assists or more four times.

Ty Nurse has the ability to be an offensive threat each time he steps on the floor. He has led the team is scoring three times this season and scored in double figures on four occasions. Nurse had a remarkable debut, chipping in 29 points. He has scored in seven of eight games this seasons. Nurse is second on the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game, while chipping in 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He is an 89.2 percent foul shooter, connecting on 33 of 37 from the charity strip this season. The Red Raiders are 6-2 when Nurse plays at least 22 minutes.

Toddrick Gotcher knows how to win. He saw his high school team win 91 percent of its games Garland (Texas) Lakeview Centennial. What he adds to the Red Raiders is a little of everything. He is fifth on the team in scoring (7.3 ppg), fourth in rebounding (3.9 rpg), first in assists (2.6), second in blocks (6), and fifth in free throw percentage (.720). He has had three double-digit scoring games against North Texas (12), Wake Forest (10) and TCU (14). Gotcher has had five games with at least four rebounds and another three games with at least four assists.

Jaye Crockett has become the key cog off the bench for the Red Raiders this season, but earned his first start last time out against Cal State-Bakersfield. After sitting out the opener, Crockett has averaged 5.1 points and 4.4 rebounds over the next 10 games. He has had two double-digit scoring games – Stephen F. Austin (13) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (12) – and recorded five rebounds in five games this season, including nine against North Texas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. In the Corpus Christi game, Crockett led the team in points, rebounds and assists off the bench. He is third on the team in assists (1.7).

Texas Tech is third in the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage through nine games, as the Red Raiders have hit on 50.1 percent of its shots from the field. Texas Tech shot 61.1 percent from the field (33 of 54) against Troy in the opener, which eclipses the highest percentage of any game last season. The highest percentage last season was 58.8 percent (30-of-51) against Delaware State on Jan. 4. In the second game of the season against North Texas, Texas Tech was just 22 of 49 (44.9 percent), but rebounded against Stephen F. Austin. Against the Lumberjacks, The Red Raiders connected on their first six shots of the game to take a 15-5 lead. Texas Tech connected on 14 of 17 shots from the field in the first half (82.4 percent) and hit four of five 3-pointers (80 percent). The Red Raiders finished the game hitting 62.9 percent from the field. It is the best shooting performance by Tech in the last three years, eclipsing the 62.1 percent the Red Raiders shot against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 22, 2008. The Red Raiders did not shoot well at the Old Spice Classic, hitting just 43 percent or less against Indiana State, DePaul and Wake Forest. The Red Raiders hit 46.8 percent against TAMU-CC and connected on 54.5 percent from the field against TCU. Conversely, Texas Tech is holding its opponents to 38.8 percent this season. That mark ranks sixth in the Big 12. The Red Raiders added their third 60 percent shooting performance against Cal State-Bakersfield, as Texas Tech connected on 24 of 40 shots, including 7-of-14 from 3-point range.

Through the first four games of the season, senior Robert Lewandowski was averaging 3.5 rebounds per game. Since that time, the Kansas native has jumped that mark by two rebounds a game to 5.5 rebounds an outing over the last six games. He notched a season-high nine against TCU on Dec. 6. For the season, Lewandowski is averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. Lewandowski has 58 career starts in 105 career appearances for the Red Raiders. He is the lone senior on the squad. He has also recorded three straight double-digit performances on offense.

For eight times this year, the Red Raiders have seen 10 players go into the lineup. Against CSU-Bakersfield, 11 Red Raiders played. Of the 11, only seven players scored.

Jaron Nash has been spark for the Red Raiders this season. The Waterloo, Iowa native is the only reserve to have appeared in all 11 games off the bench. This season, Nash has chipped in 4.8 points and 1.7 rebounds a game. He is one of nine Red Raiders averaging better than 4.8 points a game this season. Nash’s big game came against Wake Forest, when he came off the bench to finish with a team-high 15 points on six of 13 shooting. He also had a team-best seven boards, two blocks and three steals. Nash is one of two players on the squad shooting better than 59 percent from the field, joining Jordan Tolbert.

Freshman Terran Petteway can be a spark. He showed that against Cal State-Bakersfield, as he chipped in nine points in 18 minutes of play for the Red Raiders. He had a career-high 13 points in the loss to DePaul at the Old Spice Classic. He made the most of his minutes, as he hit 4 of 6 from the field in 15 minutes of play and connected on 4 of 6 from the line. He had a big first half against Indiana State, chipping in nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. In three games at the Old Spice Classic, Petteway was second on the squad with 9.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. For the season, Petteway is averaging 5.7 points and 2.3 rebounds and outing.

Walk-on Luke Adams stepped onto the court against Grambling State not only playing in his second career game, but making his first career start. The freshman from Big Spring, Texas, who is legally deaf, connected on his first four shots of the game (all 3s) to spark a 27-2 Texas Tech run against the Tigers. He earned his second career start at Oral Roberts, chipping in with four points and four assists. In four games, the 5-9 walk-on has averaged 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 64 total minutes of play.

The Red Raiders 3-point shooting has been cyclical this season. The trend continued for Texas Tech from the 3-point line against Cal State-Bakersfield as the Red Raiders hit 7 of 14 from behind the arc. The Red Raiders have now hit 43 percent (Troy), 18.2 percent (North Texas), 54.5 percent (Stephen F. Austin), 22.2 percent (Indiana State), 50 percent (DePaul), 30 percent (Wake Forest), 44.4 percent (Texas A&M-CC), 25.0 percent (TCU), 42.1 percent (Grambling State), 14.3 percent (Oral Roberts) and 50.0 percent (Bakersfield). For the season, the Red Raiders are 50 of 127 from beyond the arc (39.4 percent). Javarez Willis leads the way, hitting on 14 of 36 attempts (38.9 percent) from 3-point range.

The Rotating scoring leaders may have found some stabilization, as Jordan Tolbert’s 27 points paced Texas Tech for the fourth straight game and the fifth time this season. Texas Tech has had six difference players lead the team in scoring in 10 games. The Red Raiders have been led in scoring by six different players this season – Jaye Crockett, Ty Nurse, Robert Lewandowski, Jordan Tolbert, Jaron Nash and Javarez Willis.

Ty Nurse’s 29 points against Troy is the most by a Red Raider since Mike Singletary had 33 against Iowa State on Jan. 26 last season. It is also the most points in a season opener by a Texas Tech player since Curtis Marshall had 30 against UNC-Ashville in 2004 and Andy Ellis had 30 against Indiana in 1999. It is also the most points in a newcomer debut in the Red Raider Big 12 Era.

Dec. 27th’s announced attendance against CSU-Bakersfield was 10,678. Through five home contests, the Red Raiders are averaging 9,394 fans a game. Last season, Texas Tech averaged 8,513 fans a game. Texas Tech currently ranks fifth in the Big 12 in home attendance. After today’s game against Southerastern Louisiana, the Red Raiders next home game is against Baylor on Jan. 7.

Texas Tech ranks eighth nationally in field goal percentage (50.1), 39th in field goal percentage defense (39.5), 31st in 3-point field goal percentage (39.4) and 109th in free throw percentage (70.3). Jordan Tolbert ranks 17th in field goal percentage (64.8) and 223rd in free throw percentage (76.0). Ty Nurse ranks 29th in free throw percentage (89.2).

Texas Tech shot 92 percent from the free throw line (23 of 25) against North Texas. It is the highest output since connecting on 23 of 24 last season against TCU (95.8 percent). The Red Raiders connected on nine consecutive free throws over the final 3:04 to secure the victory.  For the season, Texas Tech is 147 of 208 from the line (70.3 percent).

Texas Tech has now out-shot its opponent from the field in 10 of 11 games this season. In the last outing, Texas Tech was 60 percent from the field (24-40), while CSU-Bakersfield was 47.8 percent from the field (22-46). DePaul is the only team to out-shoot the Red Raiders this season. The Blue Demons hit 46.6 percent from the field, while the Red Raiders connected on just 42.3 percent from the field. That was also the lowest shooting performance of the season for Texas Tech.

Robert Lewandowski is the lone senior on the squad this season and one of just three returning players from last year’s team. He has played in 103 career games. Last season Lewandowski chipped in 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. This season, he is averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds.




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