In the highly anticipated first game of the season, the Red Raiders showed that the hard work they put in during the off-season paid off. The returning players looked bulked up and stronger, and the incoming players were excited and prepared to make an impact on this team.
The Red Flash took a quick lead to start the game off when they hit back-to-back three pointers in a 45 second span to make it 6-0. The Red Raiders and Red Flash exchanged blows briefly until St. Francis led 13-12. They would not lead again for the remainder of the game.
Michael Prince hit a deep 2-pointer just before the buzzer to give Texas Tech a 43 – 24 lead at half time. There were 10 Red Raiders that checked into the game in the first half. "It's kind of nice to see these fresh new faces doing something", said Coach Pat Knight after the half.
Nick Okorie, a key member of the 2007-2008 NCJAA Championship team at South Plains College, scored 16 points in the contest. He shot 4-6 from behind the arc and was 6 for 13 overall from the field. He was named the RadioLab Player of the Game on the Texas Tech Television Network -- a nice start to his basketball career at Tech.
The depth the Red Raiders have a guard this season will enable the team to be competitive and successful.
The Red Raiders host the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Monday night at the United Spirit Arena at 7:00pm Central. Last year, a very good Sam Houston State team defeated Texas Tech 56-54 in Huntsville. The game will be televised on the Texas Tech Television Network.