This game started with great defense being played on both sides. Texas Tech was able to take an early 6-2 lead, but
The second half was played with even more defensive intensity than the first. Neither team was able to gain an advantage until left in the second half, when Nick Valdez inadvertently hit Hollis Price as both players tried to grab a pass. The collision took Price out of the game and ignited the
It's amazing how good the Red Raiders' offense can be when Kasib Powell gets more touches. Andre Emmett has received lots of attention for his offensive abilities, but the best player on this Texas Tech team may be Powell. Powell does so many things well. He can create opportunities for the entire team with or without the ball. Powell is finally providing the leadership that many people expected out of him after last season. Powell had an excellent all-around game to lead Texas Tech with 19 points and 4 assists. Andre Emmett scored 18 points in the game. Will Chavis continued his outstanding play with 13 points, while Robert Tomaszek found his shot again, scoring 10 points on the night. The biggest problem offensively was patience. The lack of patience led to poor spacing, which makes the motion offense much easier to defend. This isn't a problem that happens every possession, but it happens often enough to be a concern.
The Red Raiders came into the game with an excellent game plan, which the players executed well. Texas Tech chose to focus their defense on stopping Hollis Price and Ebi Ere. This approach worked well on Ere, who was held to just 7 points. Price was able to score 23 points, but the Red Raiders did a decent job of making him take tough shots. A lot of the credit defensively has to go to Andre Emmett and Kasib Powell. Both players played solid defense for the entire game. Emmet had 2 blocks and a number of important rebounds on the defensive end of the court. It would be great for Texas Tech if Emmett could play with this same type of defensive intensity in every game. This was a good defensive performance that the Red Raiders can build on as they continue conference play.