Baucum's Take: Texas Tech 66 SFA 54

A couple of thoughts from John Baucum on Tech's third win of the season and hot start.

Texas Tech shot 16-24 from the free throw line in Sunday's 66-54 win over Stephen F. Austin.

While not sterling, that number is decent enough, especially early in the season, however, take away Ty Nurse's 7- 7 from the stripe and only freshman Toddrick Gotcher was perfect from the line at 2-2. 

Nurse's 100% aside, the rest of the team shot 9-17. That won't get it done in Big 12 play. Then again, today's average shooting from the free throw line comes just four days after the Red Raiders sank 23-25 against North Texas

With the youth of this year's team and so many new faces, Gillispie is still evaluating the game play of nearly the entire roster. Aside from the returning trio of Willis, Lewandowski and Crockett, the roster is chock full of players new to Division 1 competition.

The Red Raiders also committed 20 turnovers. Willis was responsible for a team high of five of them, while also leading the team with four assists.

SFA did not appear to present Tech with any real pressure, so the majority of the turnovers came as a result of poor passing and miscommunication. The turnover situation is definitely one that Gillispie and his staff will need to work on fixing if this team is going to be competitive in conference games.

Tech shot a blistering 14-17 from the field in the first half in building a 37-23 lead. The Red Raiders pushed the margin to 18 in the second half before some questionable shot selection and a few consecutive turnovers whittle the lead down to 10.

Sitting at 3-0 with the Old Spice Classic next on the docket, Gillispie is likely pleased with the outcomes so far and troubled by some of the Red Raiders' weaknesses. It is evident that the new head coach is building a winner, this 2011-2012 team may just have a few growing pains along the way.

The Red Raiders return to action Thursday at 11 am when they face Indiana State in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando on ESPN 2.


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