With 8 new freshmen on the bench this year for the Texas Tech men's basketball team, everyone was wondering which new players would step up and play with the returning guys from last year. The two heralded true freshmen Terry Martin and Dior Lowhorn were the ones to step up to the plate and played well in their debut as Red Raiders. Martin scored 13 points on 5-9 shooting and 3-4 from behind the arc. Lowhorn only managed 6 points but was a force down low and pulled down 8 rebounds.
Junior guard Jarrius Jackson led the team in scoring with 19 points shooting 4-9 from the field and an impressive 9-11 from the charity stripe. Jackson was 2-3 from the 3-point line and, with the departure of Ronald Ross, looks to be the new leader of the team.
Coach Knight commented before the season that junior college transfer Jon Plefka was the most ready first year player he has had in his tenure here at Tech, and he didn't disappoint. Plefka first appearance as a Red Raider was an impressive one, as he went 6-8 from the field for 15 points and brought down 8 boards. He looks to be good replacement for the departed Devonne Giles, by showing a strong presence down in the paint.
Texas Tech will face Georgia Southern in the second round of the Coaches versus Cancer Classic tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The winner will move onto the semifinals in New York City where they will likely face the Orangemen of Syracuse.