Red Raiders Fall to Aggies, 59-64

Head Coach Bob Knight is still searching for number 800 after the Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-5, 2-4) lost to the Texas A&M Aggies (11-6. 3-3). Bernard King scored 18 points to lead the Aggies to victory.

Texas A&M used an early 17-2 run to take a 25-9 lead. The Red Raiders slowly fought their way back into the game. A 6-0 run brought the Red Raiders within 5 points. A pair of free throws gave the Aggies a 33-26 lead at the half.

Andre Emmet led a 15-2 run to start the first half. The run gave Texas Tech a 41-35 lead. The Aggies answered with a 10-0 run to take a 5 point lead. Texas Tech was unable to overtake the aggies for the rest of the game. Texas A&M made 4 of 6 free throws in the closing seconds to take the victory. Texas A&M won the game by a score of 64-59.

Offense

The Texas Tech offense continues to have serious problems. The Red Raiders hit just 34% of their shots in the game. Andre Emmett led the way with 18 points. Nathan Doudney had a nice showing with 14 points. Ronald Ross was the only other Red Raider in double figures with 10 points. The offense needs to improve it's consistency. Texas Tech played great offense during the runs to end the first half and begin the first half, but the rest of the time the offense played badly. It was good to see some different players making 3-point shots, but Texas Tech needs to establish an inside game. Without an inside game the Red Raiders will have a tough time in most of their remaining games.

Defense

The defense played a decent game, but it could have been better. The Red Raiders were unable to contain Antoine Wright down the stretch, which contributed to the loss. There were several positives on defense. The Red Raiders did an excellent job on the defensive boards. Texas Tech also did a good job forcing turnovers. While there is some room for improvement on defense, the biggest problem is the lack of offensive production. If the offense can get on track, the defense will be good enough to win most games.


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