Tech penetrated the Tiger's full-court press with ease and seemed to be able to score at will. Pat Knight's new run-and-gun style offense was definitely put up to the test: despite the abundance of turnovers, it worked out pretty well.
Check out these first-half stats of both teams combined:
89 combined shot attempts
31 combined three point attempts
45 combined free throw attempts
54 combined rebounds (Tech, 29; East Central: 25)
24 combined assists (Tech, 17; East Central, 7)
Texas Tech Athletic Director Gerald Myers was honored at halftime by the Gazelle Group as one of the legends of college basketball. He was a player for Coach Polk Robison for three years, the Red Raider Basketball head coach for 20.5 seasons in which he won 326 games - the highest among all Red Raider basketball coaches, and has been Texas Tech's Athletic Director for 12 years.
"I guess the Legends Classic had been in operation maybe a few years and I think their whole reputation or their marketing aspect of it is to name legends from different schools," Myers said.
"Pat [Knight] made the nomination and recommendation, I don't know back in the fall or maybe late summer, and I think he had that done two or three months before he told me about it. I was pleased Pat would think of me to receive an honor like this. It's a nice honor and I'm proud to represent Tech as the honoree in the tournament. I look forward to a good tournament. Anytime you can play in a pre-season tournament like this it's good for your team, especially a new team. I say a new team because this is Pat's team now."
If you thought the first half was an offensive wonder, the second half continued the theme of legendry and didn't disappoint. As the Red Raiders continued to burn through the Tiger's full-court presses, the baskets just kept on falling. Texas Tech broke the school scoring record on Wally "Walk-On" Dunn's three-pointer at the 7:45 mark to make it 130-79. The Red Raiders would blow past to score 37 more points in the unprecedented offensive annihilation. The score rose so high that one of the scoreboards in The Arena began to malfunction.
When a team scores this many points, you're going to have many players scoring in double figures. Such was the case with The Red Raiders, who fielded 10, including: (Trevor Cook – 20, Rogdrick Craig – 12, Wally Dunn – 18, Robert Lewandowski – 10, Nick Okorie – 20, Michael Prince – 12, John Roberson – 16, D'Walyn Roberts – 13, Mike Singletary – 14, Alan Voskuil – 14). Fourteen of the 15 Red Raiders put points on the board tonight.
Dontae Figgs led East Central in scoring, with 20 points. Justin Wilkerson, a former forward for the Red Raiders two seasons ago, made his return to the United Spirit Arena as a Tiger, scoring 14 points.
This was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime flavor of game. I'm not sure if we'll ever see the Red Raiders reach this many points again.
The second round of the Legends Classic is on Saturday, November 22nd. The Red Raiders will take this win to the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky at 1:00 pm central at the United Spirit Arena.