Balanced Attack: Tech Beats Islanders 61-54

Texas Tech was able to notch a win against Texas A&M-CC on Thursday due to a balanced attack.

For the first time this season, a person can look down the Texas Tech box score and notice a common trend – contributions from all players, not just one or two.

The Red Raiders (4-3) used a balanced attack in their 61-54 victory taking down Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Thursday night to snap a three-game skid.

Unlike the Red Raiders the Islanders (1-4) had really only two players contribute largely to the cause, which has been the case for the majority of the season, as 42 of their 54 points came from two players.

Terrence Jones led the way for the Islanders with 26 points, and was followed up by Chris Hawkins-Mast, who contributed 16 points on the night.

For the Red Raiders, the key to success in this game was something Tech head coach Billy Gillispie has been searching for all season – consistency and balance.

Only one Tech player broke the 10-point barrier, Jaye Crockett, who came off the bench and was good for 12 points on 6-for-12 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.

While Crockett was the only one to break into the double-digit realm, six other Red Raiders scored at least five points – Javarez Willis (9), Toddrick Gotcher (9), Ty Nurse (8), Jordan Tolbert (8), Robert Lewandowski (6) and Terran Petteway (5).

Tech and Texas A&M-CC also went toe-to-toe on rebounds, both squads had 37, but another good sign for the Red Raiders was only eight turnovers in the entire game, which marks a season low for the team.

The Red Raiders are back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Fort Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs with first tip coming at 6 p.m.

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