GAME NOTES: The Texas Tech Red Raiders try to add to their perfect home record tonight, as they entertain the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio in non- conference action.
Already 4-0 in their own building, the Red Raiders were most recently in New York taking part in the Legends Classic where they finished third after bowing to Pittsburgh (76-53) before taking down Houston on Tuesday night (76-64).
As for the Roadrunners, they have won just once in six tries in 2013-14. The team managed to snap a four-game slide last Saturday with an 87-76 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, but then three nights later the squad landed back in the loss column with a 79-73 setback to Nicholls State.
The Red Raiders have won all but one of the previous five meetings in this series. The most recent meeting was an 87-78 final at UTSA back in 1998, while the lone victory for the Roadrunners was 16 years earlier, 69-67, at home.
Against Nicholls State, the Roadrunners dug themselves a double-digit hole in the first half and were never able to recover, even as they connected on 56.0 percent from the floor after the break. Of the eight players that logged minutes, five scored in double figures for UTSA beginning with Devon Agusi with 16 points before fouling out. Keon Lewis and Hyjii Thomas pitched in with 15 points apiece, followed by Phillip Jones and Jordan Sims with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Despite starting only half of the team's six games, Lewis stands at the top of the scoring list with his 16.2 ppg, while Thomas, who has also started just three games, checks in with 15.5 ppg. Agusi, who has fouled out twice, accounts for 10.3 ppg for a team that is more often than not standing and watching as individuals try to make plays, as evidenced by the unit's average of less than eight assists per contest.
Jaye Crockett posted a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds as the Texas Tech Red Raiders captured a 76-64 win over the Houston Cougars in the consolation round of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. Also scoring 16 points for the Red Raiders was Toddrick Gotcher, while Robert Turner and Jordan Tolbert contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively. In addition to outscoring Houston at the free-throw line (18-9), Texas Tech also held a 46-26 advantage on the glass.
Shooting 65.7 percent from the floor and pulling down 7.1 rpg, clearly Crockett thrives on the interior as he leads the team in scoring with 14.1 ppg. But if there is one area in which Crockett would be wise to abandon for the time being it would be out on the perimeter where he has made just 2-of-11 shots. Tolbert (13.6 ppg) and Turner (11.9 ppg) aren't much better on the outside, but at least the former contributes with 6.9 rpg and the latter has a team-best 18 assists.
As long as Crockett doesn't take himself out of the action in the paint where he really thrives, this is a game that has blowout written all over it.
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