Turnover Trouble: Sycamores 60 Red Raiders 49

Tech for the first time this season walked off the court without a victory, falling to 3-1.

Turnovers and a shortage of trips to the charity stripe pretty much describes the first round 60-49 loss to Indiana State in the Old Spice Classic for Texas Tech.


The Red Raiders were not able to for the fourth time this season overcome early sloppy play leading to their first loss on the young season.


"It's a long season. You're going to have a loss and you're going to have more than one loss," Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie said following the game. "There's only one team I think in the history of it that never did. We're not confused as to where we are. We have a long ways to go; we're taking baby steps. We did a few good things today; we just continue to make too many mistakes. We turned the ball over 18 times, 12 in the first half. Not finishing plays, fouling too much, those kinds of things; we just have to continue to get better.

"I hope they learned you have to pay attention to detail to beat a good team."

Tech came out and did not look good, as they turned over the ball seven times in the first nine minutes of the game, which Indiana State scored 13 points off of, and the Sycamores took advantage pulling away with a 17-7 lead.

Another area that caused problems for the Red Raiders was fouls and the Sycamores getting so many easy points.


The Red Raiders only managed to get nine trips to the charity stripe in the game while the Sycamores went 31 times and made 25 of those.

Indiana State would maintain a 10-point lead until the Red Raiders finally started to get some rhythm and chipped away at the lead until Tech tied it at 22 apiece with six minutes and 23 seconds left in the first half.

This would be the closest Tech would get to gaining a lead, as the Red Raiders never led at any point in the game, and the Sycamores would take a 32-26 lead into the locker room.

The second half would not go any better for the Red Raiders as the Sycamores dominated the second half which led to the 60-49 victory and first loss for Tech in the Billy Gillispie era.


Tech was offensively shut down except for the shining performance by Jordan Tolbert, who went for 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe, and was the only Red Raider in double-digit scoring.


Having that kind of defensive performance was crucial for his team, Indiana State Head Coach Greg Lansing said, and that his team stepped up.

"That's going to be a key for us," he said. "We've talked about it a lot. We haven't played particularly well defensively, and this was going to be a team that was going to come and be very physical, and very aggressive. And our guys, other than a couple little stretches, one in each half, they really did a good job."


For the Sycamores a balanced attack worked for them as two players made it to double-digits in Jake Odum, who led the team with 13 points, and J.R. Mahurin, who contributed 10 of his own.


With the victory the Sycamores continue their remarkable 5-0 start to the season and will play the 5-0 Minnesota Golden Gophers after their 86-85 victory over DePaul earlier today.


The Red Raiders will play DePaul tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. to try and stay alive in the tournament and have a shot at the 5th place game. The game can be seen on ESPN2 or ESPNU.

"I'd rather have practice. I like practice; I've always thought the way you get better is in practice," Gillispie said about playing tomorrow. "The games expose what you have or have not done in practice."

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