Red Raiders Defeat Minnesota in Overtime, 99-89

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-1) overcame a late second half run by the Minnesota Gophers (6-3) to hand Minnesota its first home loss of the season. Junior Robert Tomaszec led the way with a career high 28 points.

 The first half was tightly contested with both teams holding slim leads for a period of time.   Texas Tech was able to use an 8-0 run late in the first half to take a 7 point lead.  The Red Raiders led 37-30 at the half.

 

Minnesota would quickly shrink the lead in the second half, but the Red Raiders never trailed.  Texas Tech held a 10-point lead until Minnesota went on 12-2 run to tie the game at the end of regulation.  The teams went into overtime tied at 74.

 

The Red Raiders took control of the game in overtime.  Texas Tech's offense got into rhythm and helped the Red Raiders outscore the Gophers 25-15 in the overtime period.  Texas Tech won the game by a score of 99-89.

 

Offense

 

Offensively, the Red Raiders played an average game in regulation.  The offense was able to go into another gear in overtime, scoring 25 points in the single overtime period.  Robert Tomaszec was a dominant force inside with 28 points in the game.  Tomaszec had an excellent game.  He was able to show his versatility on the offensive end, scoring inside and outside.  Tomaszec also grabbed 9 offensive rebounds.  Andre Emmett had another good game with 24 points.    Emmett did a good job finding holes in the Minnesota zone.  Kasib Powell and Pawel Storozynski both added 16 points, while Will Chavis scored 11.  The only the Texas Tech offense needs is a little more patience, especially in key situations. 

 

Defense

 

 The defense played well for most of the game.  The only exceptions were the beginning and end of the second half.  The defense did a pretty good job containing the Minnesota shooters.  If the Red Raiders can maintain a high level of defensive intensity for 40 minutes this team could surprise some people. 


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