Red Raiders keep on rolling

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-2) defeated the Minnesota Gophers (6-4) by a score of 90-73 to extend their current win streak to seven games. All five Texas Tech starters scored in double figures, led by Jarrius Jackson with 20 points.

Texas Tech jumped out to an early 10-5 lead following an 8-0 run by the Red Raiders. The Red Raiders used a 6-0 run to make the score 21-10 with 11:10 left in the half. That run was followed by an 8-0 run to extend the Texas Tech lead to 29-12 with 8:29 to go in the half. Minnesota closed the gap slightly as the half ended, but still trailed 42-30 at the half.

Both teams battled for an advantage early in the second half, with Texas Tech using a 14-1 run to make the score 63-43 with 12:59 left in the game. Minnesota was unable to get the deficit in the single digits, giving Texas Tech the 90-73 victory.

Offense

It looks like the Red Raiders just might be capable of balanced production on a regular basis. After the early struggles this offense has faced, the Texas Tech offense appears to be hitting their stride just in time for conference play. All five starters finished in double figures. Jarrius Jackson scored 20 points in the game. Andre Emmett scored 17 points to go with his 5 assists. Darryl Dora continued his streak of good games, this time scoring 15 points. Ronald Ross had 10 points and 4 assists in the game, while Robert Tomaszek scored 11 points. If Texas Tech can keep this up they just might surprise some people in the next couple of months.

Defense

The Red Raider defense dismantled another Big Ten team today. This time Minnesota was forced into 19 turnovers, including 8 steals. No single player is really a dominant defender right now, but as a team Texas Tech is a very capable offense. Part of the credit has to go to the coaching staff for the great defensive game plans they have come up with. Coach Knight loves to coach defense, and this group of players seems to have taken his enthusiasm for defense to heart. Big Twelve opponents will face a tough test when they come to Lubbock.


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