Red Raiders make statement to open conference play

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-2, 1-0) used a dominating second half to blow out the Oklahoma state Cowboys (10-2, 0-1). Andre Emmett scored 32 points en route to an 83-62 Texas Tech victory.

The game started off with both teams having success on offense. Oklahoma State used a 5-0 run to take a 13-8 lead with 15:30 left in the half. Texas Tech answered with a 9-0 run. The run, sparked by strong defensive play, gave the Red Raiders a 17-13 lead with 12:04 to go in the half. After some back and forth basketball, the Cowboys went on a 6-0 run to take a 23-21 lead with 7:56 left in the half. Oklahoma State extended their lead with an 8-1 run to make their lead 31-24 with just 5:15 to go in the half. Texas Tech answered with a 6-0 run of their own to bring the score to 31-30 with just over four minutes left in the half. The Red raiders scored the final 6 points of the half to take a 39-35 halftime lead.

The second half started with neither team able to gain advantage, but the Red Raiders struck first thanks to an 11-0 run to extend their lead to 58-41 with 11:40 left in the game. Texas Tech further extended the lead with an 8-0 run that stretched the lead to 66-45 with 8:26 to go. Oklahoma State narrowed the margin with a 5-0 run that made the score 66-50 with 6:16 left in the game. Texas Tech continued to expand it's lead, giving the Red Raiders the 83-62 victory.


The second half of today's game was a great example of when to keep feeding the ball to Andre Emmett. Emmett played a key role in the second half, including a stretch of 8 straight points during the Red Raiders' big run near the midway point of the half. When Emmett is playing like that he should get the ball as much as possible. On the other hand, when Emmett is shooting poorly, like he was in the first half, it is critical for other players to take some of the scoring burden onto their shoulders. Emmett finished the game with 32 points, just two shy of his career high. Ronald Ross had another big game, scoring 18 points in the game. Ross may be the player to take over that number two scorer role, but he certainly doesn't have to as long as someone fills that role in every game.


The defense was the key to this game for the Red Raiders. The Texas tech offense was able to take advantage of easier bucket sin transition to pull away from the Cowboys. The Red Raiders forced 21 turnovers in the game by taking advantage of an Oklahoma State backcourt that couldn't handle the constant perimeter pressure. The defense put the rest of the conference on notice today.

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