Turner Adds Dynamic Element

Needless to say, Robert Turner seemed comfortable in his first two games as Texas Tech's point guard. Monday, the junior had a strong showing, scoring 21 points off 8-for-11 shooting, including five 3-pointers, and leading the Red Raiders to an 88-68 win over Northern Arizona. The addition of Turner has added a dynamic element that could spark the Tech offense once stiffer competition arises.

Needless to say, Robert Turner seems comfortable in his first two games as Texas Tech's point guard.

Monday night, the junior had a strong showing, scoring 21 points off 8-for-11 shooting, including five 3-pointers, and leading the Red Raiders to an 88-68 victory over Northern Arizona. This comes after a solid showing in the season opener against Houston Baptist, where he had 12 points and shot 6-for-11 from the field.

Turner and fellow guard Dusty Hannahs shared the assists lead with four apiece. In contribution, Jordan Tolbert scored 14 points and had seven rebounds, while Jaye Crockett chipped in 12 points and made six of seven shots.

"It's been good seeing Rob putting up shots after practice," Hannahs said after the game. "It's just good to see it paying off."

Hannahs was no slouch either, scoring 14 points, 12 of them coming from beyond the arch.

Turner discussed his hot hand and his perfect 5-for-5 first-half display.

"Once you hit the first one, you know the second one's going up," Turner said. "It's repetition really, and once it came back my way, I shot it the same way every time."

The addition of Turner has added a dynamic element that could spark the Tech offense once stiffer competition arises. The next opponent on Texas Tech's schedule: at Alabama, who boasts a talented point guard of their own in senior Trevor Releford, who averaged 14.9 points last season off 47.6 percent shooting.

"This is gonna show us how tough we are," Turner said. "We just gotta stick together. Once you're on the road, all you have is you and your teammates and your coaching staff. We gotta do what we're taught and do everything right, like Coach says, and we should be fine."

One person who certainly appreciates this development is head coach Tubby Smith, who has found a solid cast two games into his first season: Tolbert, Crockett, and now Turner.

"Rob Turner was on fire," Smith said. "He's the one that kept us in the game and kept them at bay. He took care of the basketball, played solid defense, had a good night."

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