It might have taken a little longer than wanted, but the Red Raiders finally were able to accomplish something that they haven't been able to do all season on Wednesday night – win a Big 12 Conference game at home.
"What I love about these guys is that every single day they come out with a great attitude," Tech interim head coach Chris Walker said, "and we have a young and inexperienced team, that's what you fight. You fight them being down about losses and stuff."
"I said ‘guys, that's part of our journey, there's no reason to be ashamed, I'm going through it with you, it's my first year and people may say a lot of things, but perception is we are a young team, there's a lot we have to work on, but reality is there's a lot we can control—and the one thing we can control is our attitude,' and that's what we did tonight. I'm happy for the guys."
The Cyclones (13-5, 3-2) entered the game winning seven of their last eight games, but foul trouble along with struggles in shooting contributed to the loss.
This was a disappointing loss to The Cyclones, head coach Fred Hoiburg said they had expected to play a lot better than they did.
"We had really good practices," he said. "We had a great shoot around this morning, I fully anticipated coming out and playing a great basketball game tonight."
Josh Gray, freshman, led the team in total points, with 16 overall points. He led the team down the stretch; Coach Walker says it could be because of him being distraught after the OSU loss.
"There may be times when he makes plays that make me want to pull the rest of my hair out, but by the same token, he can make some plays that other guys on the team can't, and you need a guy out there, no matter what," he said. "There are great coaches in this league, I'm not going to out coach anybody, there's five final four coaches in this league. So it's going to come down to—they know everything we are doing, somebody is gonna' have to make a play, and he made plays tonight that really helped us play the game."
Gray, leading his team down the stretch and making a big positive impact on the game for Texas Tech, says what Coach Walker told the players to concentrate on to win the game.
"Pretty much, coach came into the locker room before the game and he just told us to play our game and have fun and play with confidence, so that's what I did tonight," he said.
The next Men's Basketball game will be against UT in Austin, Texas on January 26th at 7:00 pm.