Tolbert, a Fort Worth native, finished the game going 9-for-10 from the field for 22 points, a new season-high, to lead the way for the Red Raiders first Big 12 Conference series sweep defeating TCU 72-63 on Saturday afternoon inside the United Spirit Arena.
"He played better, I told Tolbert before the game that it's all about what side of the bed he wakes up on, that's the bottom line," Tech interim head coach Chris Walker said about Tolbert's performance. "I told Tolbert that he's a much better player than you're showing but it's just a level of concentration and want to, he has it in him but we just need to see it on a consistent basis.
"I'm not being critical about him but it's my job to push them to be the best person they can be and the best player they can be."
Tech (10-17, 3-13 in Big 12 play) found success from field shooting for 62.2 percent from the field, marking the highest field goal percentage in conference play and highest since shooting for 58.7 percent against Northern Kentucky on December 4.
Contributing to that shooting success was Dejan Kravic, going 7-for-11 from the field for 16 points, marking the most points for him since scoring 20 against Oklahoma in their first meeting of the season.
Along with the scoring Kravic crashed the boards for 11 rebounds
"I was just trying to be confident," Kravic said. "I've been in a slump lately and they said they were going to keep going to us in the post so that means my team believes in me"
TCU (10-19, 1-15) was able to keep the game close through the majority of the first half before the Red Raiders were able to pull away at the end.
Kyan Anderson led the Horned Frogs with 18 points on 6-for-15 shooting and was followed up by Devonta Abron, scoring 16 on 4-for-9 shooting from the field.
"I don't want to take anything away from Texas Tech: I thought they were the aggressor, they were more physical than we were, and, we have guys still going through the motions," TCU head coach Trent Johnson said. "But I thought Kyan Anderson been really good the past three or four games. Charles Hill, who is no longer a freshman, has played well for us. Devonta Abron is a battle contestant because he played in the SEC.
"Those are three bright spots, but we put a lot of pressure on our offense when we can't get stops and we put a lot of pressure on our defense when we can't shoot the ball. That's been our theme all year."
With the win the Red Raiders snapped a nine-game losing streak and registered their first Big 12 series sweep since doing it against Oklahoma in 2010.
"It was a big emphasis," Kravic said about snapping the losing streak. "We thought we had the advantage in the paint so we tried to keep going inside, tried being aggressive and tried making plays."
Now Tech heads to Lawrence, Kansas on Monday to close out the road portion of their 2013 schedule and head coach Chris Walker said he is looking forward to the opportunity to face a team like Kansas and a coach like Bill Self.
"I tell them like a former player, I've set in that seat before where we beat the number one team in the country in Syracuse and I've sat there and people give you no shot, but it's not about that," he said. "This is why I love coaching in the Big 12 because I get to coach against guys that have been in the Final Four or win all these games and you guys get to play in these arenas on national TV against these players and there's no better way to be in a competitive situation and enjoy that, you have to embrace that, you don't run from that and there is no fear you just go in there and as I told the guys there is only one thing we are responsible for and it's playing harder and more together than the other team."
The Red Raiders and Jayhawks are set for a 6 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse and will be nationally televised on ESPNU.