Red Raiders Defeat Baylor, 80-64

The Texas tech Red Raiders (11-2, 1-1) improved their conference record to 1-1 with a victory over the Baylor Bears (9-5, 0-3). Kasib Powell led all scorers with 26 points.

Early success from behind the 3-point line allowed Baylor to stay in the game early.  Baylor didn't trail until Texas Tech took a 20-18 lead with 10:15 left in the half.  The Red Raiders used a 9-0 run with seven minutes left in the half to build a 10-point lead.  Texas Tech led 41-31 at the half.


Baylor started the second half with a 5-0 run to shrink the Tech lead to 5 points.  Texas Tech answered with an 8-0 run to take a 12-point lead.  Baylor would not get closer than 5 points for the rest of the game.  The Red Raiders expanded their lead to 29 before allowing Baylor to close the gap to 16 at the end of the game.




Kasib Powell and Will Chavis were the key to today's offensive performance.  Powell scored 26 points to lead all scorers, while Chavis scored 16 points, including 3 three pointers.  Powell and Chavis had a nice inside-outside game against the Baylor defense.  Andre Emmett was the only other Red Raider in double figures with 18 points.  Texas Tech still looks somewhat confused by zone defenses, but they are making improvements.  Foul trouble also caused some problems offensively by forcing Nick Valdez and Robert Tomaszek to spend significant time on the bench.




The Red Raiders played a good game defensively, but there were a couple of problem areas.  The biggest problem was guarding shooters.  Baylor's Kenny Taylor was able to make five three-pointers because of this problem.  Texas Tech has to do a better job keeping track of shooters if they want to have success in the Big 12.  The other problem was fouls.  Tomaszek and Valdez are too important to lose because of fouls.  If the refs are calling a tight game, the players must make adjustments.

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