Red Raiders Lose in NIT Semi-Final

The NIT championship hopes of the Texas Tech Red Raiders (21-13) ended with a loss to the St. Johns Red Storm (16-14). Texas Tech will face Minnesota in the consolation game on Thursday.

This game was played at a quick pace, but poor shooting and tough defense kept the score low throughout.  Neither team could establish an advantage in the first half.  Texas Tech led 31-28 at the half.  In the second half, the Red Raiders led by as much as 10 points, before a 9-0 run by St. Johns made the score 57-56 with 5:30 left in the game.  Marcus Hatten scored a lay-up with 21 seconds remaining to give the Red Storm a 64-63 victory.




For the entire season, balance has been the key to the Texas Tech offense.  Tonight the balance simply wasn't there.  Andre Emmett and Kasib Powell finished in double figures as usual, but no other Red Raiders finished in double figures.  Emmett led the team with 21 points, while Powell added 19.  The Texas Tech offense is in need of some serious work during the off-season.  It is critical that the Red Raiders develop an inside game on the offensive end of the court.




Defense may win championships, but not without some offensive output.  Once again, the Red Raiders played an outstanding defensive game, but the offense cost them the game thanks to poor shooting and turnovers.  It is good to see some of the younger players play with great defensive intensity.  The defense looks solid heading into next season.

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