Red Raiders fall to Mustangs

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-2) lost a close game with the Southern Methodist Mustangs (2-1) by a score of 62-59. Andre Emmett scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the losing effort. Bryan Hopkins led the Mustangs to victory with a team high 19 points.

SMU jumped out to an early lead with a 5-0 run to take a 7-4 lead early in the game. They followed this up with an 8-0 run to take a 20-12 lead with 10:55 left in the half. SMU took advantage of a cold Texas Tech offense by scoring 7 straight points, giving the Mustangs a 30-16 lead with 7:30 left in the half. The Red Raiders were able to close the gap to 32-37 at the half.

Texas Tech got back into the game with a 5-0 run early in the second half to make the score 39-40 in favor of SMU. SMU used a late 10-0 run to try and put the Red Raiders away. The run gave the Mustangs a 60-53 lead. The Red Raiders kept SMU from scoring during the final four and a half minutes, but Texas Tech was unable to take advantage of the situation. SMU won by a final score of 62-59.

Offense

The Texas Tech offense is still trying to find some much needed consistency. Andre Emmett's 28 points were nearly half of the total points scored by the Red Raiders. While that may seem to work right now, the Red Raiders need to find a second and third option by the time conference play gets here. The inability to take advantage of SMU's inability o score late in the game is a major concern right now.

Defense

The defense played well enough to win, but the offense couldn't come through in the end. This team showed great resilience last season by playing tough defense even though the offense wasn't able to step up on many nights. Right now Texas Tech needs the same type of effort every game. Until the offense finds a rhythm, the defense will be what wins games for this team.


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