Red Raiders down Aztecs

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-2) defeated the San Diego State Aztecs (5-3) by a score of 78-68 to extend their win streak to four games. Aztec Guard Brandon Heath led all scorers with 30 points. Andre Emmett led Texas Tech to victory with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

San Diego State took control of the game early with an 8-0 run to take a 12-4 lead with 14:52 left in the half. Texas Tech answered quickly with a 7-0 run to make the score 14-13 with 11:38 to go. A late 7-0 run gave the Red Raiders a 32-27 lead with just 3:45 left in the half. Texas Tech led 40-34 at the half.

The second half was a defensive struggle with both teams exchanging small runs. The Aztecs closed the gap to 1 point with 12:56 to play, but Texas Tech never relinquished the lead. Texas Tech won by a score of 78-68.

Offense

Texas Tech continued their quest for offensive balance with success today. The Red Raiders were able to take advantage of SDSU's man defense in the victory. Andre Emmett scored 19 points to lead the team. Ronald Ross scored 16 points in the game. Darryl Dora had a good second half, scoring 14 points in the game. Robert Tomaszek scored 13 points, while Jarrius Jackson scored 10 points. This was the best offensive performance for the Red Raiders in a while, but they are still experiencing some troubling scoring droughts. These droughts are keeping the Red Raiders from putting away opponents earlier in the game, something that could haunt them later in the season.

Defense

Despite Heath's 30 points, this was another good defensive performance. It's ok if one player scores a lot of points as long as you can effectively shut down the rest of the team. The Red raiders forced 17 turnovers on their way to the victory. The defense continues to be the most reliable part of this team. That's not all bad though. The ability of this team to play hard on the defensive end for an entire game bodes well for their performance in tough games.


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