Crockett, Kravic Power Tech to 91-63 Victory

A second half of pure offense helped the Red Raiders make Chris Walker only the seventh head coach in Tech history to start the season 2-0.

In the Red Raiders first win of the 2012 season on Friday, Texas Tech dominated the first half but then was outscored in the second half despite getting the victory.

On Wednesday, in Tech's second true test of the season, the Red Raiders looked the same in the first half and unlike the first game, put the throttle down in the second half outscoring Omaha 48-26 en route to a 91-63 victory.

"It felt great, and like Dejan (Kravic) said we usually do it the first half," Tech junior Jaye Crockett said. "We usually come out sluggish in the second half, so I'm glad we came out and put the hammer on them. We just have to be more consistent and go hard that first four minutes of the first half and do the same in the second."

Three different players including Crockett and Dejan Kravic, who both turned in career nights, powered tech's offensive surge against Omaha (1-2)

Kravic, who is playing his first season for Tech (2-0) after sitting out last season, has made an impact quickly.

In the first outing, Kravic chipped in just nine points and seven rebounds, but in Wednesday's game the London, Ontario, Canada native showed how he can use his size to his advantage going for 20 points, 18 coming in the second half, on 9-for-11 shooting and grabbing six rebounds as well.

It was a message from Tech interim head coach Chris Walker at halftime that got him ready to go for the second half, Kravic said, and he got a lot more confidence from it and – message apparently received.

"Confidence, and just being more aggressive," he said. "Coach (Chris) Walker sent the message that I had to be more aggressive if I want to score, and the coaches and players just gave me great motivation and their the reason I played well that second half."

 Kravic was not alone in leading the offensive charge in the second half for the Red Raiders as Crockett played a team-high 25 minutes and nearly averaged a point per minute.

Crockett, who was held to just five points in the season opener, changed his average quickly with a 22-point performance against the Mavericks on a 9-for-12 shooting night also grabbing 10 rebounds for his fifth career double-double.

It marked the first time since March 6, 2010 that two Red Raiders have scored at least 20 points in a single game.

The Clovis, New Mexico native has now come off the bench for the second-straight game and even with the 22-point showing on Wednesday night, Crockett said he really doesn't care when he comes into the game, either starting or off the bench, just glad he contributed to the win.  

"I really don't pay attention to the whole come off the bench or starting thing," he said. "As long as I am playing I'm happy, but we just came out there and got the job done and I'm happy about that."

Other key contributors to the Red Raiders success on Wednesday included Josh Gray, going 6-for-13 for 15 points marking his second-straight double-digit performance this season and Walker said these results are just from Gray sitting down and being a real student of the game as he continues to get better with each day.

But overall when looking at his squad's performance in the victory, Walker was pleased with some things and the style he wants his team to play is coming along.

"I thought it was a great effort overall by our guys," he said. "It was nice to see that after we started off great in the first two games that we played in the first half and this time we started off pretty good and towards the end of the first half we did not so good, so it was good to see in the second half we actually picked it up and in the second half of the last two games we weren't so good, weren't so crisp and I know sometimes it looks a little ragged and like the other team is scoring but as I tell the guys, our style is to wear the opponent down.

"We wear them down, we have more bodies, I have more confidence in everyone of my guys to get in the game and play and to take whatever shot, I think that if they can make it they should take it and the bottom line is we prey on guys that think there is a weak link among our guys."

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