Red Raiders Fall to Cowboys, 79-70

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-4, 1-3) lost their second straight conference game with a loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-1, 5-0). The victory extends Oklahoma State's winning streak to 14 games.

Oklahoma State led for most of the first half.  The Red Raiders were able to make a late 15-4 run to close the gap to a single point.  Oklahoma State led 37-35 at the half.

 

The Cowboys took control of the second half early with a 14-0 run that gave them a 54-39 lead.  Texas Tech used a 12-2 run to get within 1 point, but the Cowboys answered with a 9-1 run that put the game out of reach.  Oklahoma State won by a final score of 79-70.

 

Offense

 

This game showed what happens when offensive production is limited to Kasib Powell and Andre Emmett.  While they are both great players, if they are the only players to score in double digits, Texas Tech will lose most of their games to good teams.  Powell led all scorers with 26 points.  Emmett added another 23 points in the game.  Texas Tech still has some problems offensively.  At times the offense just stops moving as the entire team watches Emmett or Powell drive to the basket.  The other problem is perimeter play.  The Red Raiders need to make opponents think about the possibility of the three point shot.  They don't need to shoot 20 three pointers a game, but the occasional shot fake would help.

 

Defense

 

This was a decent defensive performance.  While Texas Tech did allow quite a few points, many of them were caused by offensive turnovers.  Ronald Ross played an excellent game defensively.  Ross had 3 steals in the game, and played great perimeter defense while he was in the game.  There are still some minor problems with transition defense, but they can be fixed.  If the Red Raiders can fix those problems their defense will be good enough for them to win most of their games. 


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