Nurse Sparks Team

Ty Nurse, who is a transfer student to Tech, is fitting right in apparently afar 29 points vs Troy.

Ty Nurse scored 29 points to lead Texas Tech to a 90-85 victory over Troy Friday night.

The junior from Midland College boosted Tech's play with timely 3-pointers, and quick passes to open teammates with the shot clock winding down and the Red Raiders holding on to a narrow lead.

"Coach Gillispie has been getting on me about defensive rebounds and I just saw it in the air, and I knew I had to go get it and I saw they didn't have anyone back because they like to offensive rebound a lot," Nurse said following the game. "So I wanted to push it and I knew the guy was on my back, so I was able to finish the play."

Nurse finished the game with a pretty good stat line. 9-for-13 on all field goals, 6-for-9 on three pointers, 5-for--5 at the charity stripe, three rebounds, one assist and two steals.  

With him throwing three's up from anywhere and almost at will Nurse said he has been shooting three-pointers all his life.

Nurse is not going to be mistaken for the biggest guy on the court but crisp passing by the entire team and his own court awareness got him good looks at the basket on multiple occasions.

Coming off two exhibition games, Gillispie's crew didn't seem like it had a go-to scorer on its roster. Ty Nurse answered that call in resounding fashion tonight.

If Javarez Willis and Deshon Minnis are going to be viewed as the primary ball handlers on offense for this team, Nurse's production should be fairly consistent this season. 

The hope is that Billy Clyde won't always have to count on the junior guard for that kind of production, but it's nice to know Nurse has it in his repertoire if the need arises.

Additionally, Nurse's efficiency from beyond the arc will open things up in a big way for Lewandowski, Tolbert, and the other big men. In the exhibition games, Tech didn't shoot it too well from the outside.

That changed tonight and if the guards can continue to sink the outside shot, it will do wonders for Tech's big men.

"He was huge, he made everything he shot but it wasn't just about the ball going in," Gillispie said following the game about Nurse's performance, "maybe that's where he gained his confidence from because he has not been playing very confidently he's trying to figure out what I want him to do instead of just playing basketball like he knows how to play.

The Red Raiders may not contend for the conference championship this season, but it's obvious that Gillispie is building this team with a solid foundation of hustle play hard-nosed defense.  And with Ty Nurse leading the team, Tech may surprise some folks along the way.

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