Red Raiders Fall to Tigers, 82-73

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-6, 3-5) were unable to overcome the powerful inside game of the Missouri Tigers (14-5, 5-3) in today's game. Andre Emmett led all scorers with a career high 34 points in a losing effort.

Andre Emmett led Texas Tech to a 21-6 lead midway through the first half.  Emmett scored 16 of Texas Tech's first 21 points.  When the Red Raiders' offense slowed, Missouri used an 8-0 run to take a 24-21 lead.  The teams kept the score close for the rest of the half, giving Missouri a 38-32 lead at the half.


The first 10 minutes of the second half were closely played, leaving the gap relatively stable.  In thefinal 10 minutes Missouri was able to stretch their lead to as many as 14 points.  The Red raiders had no answer for Missouri's inside game, and lost 82-73.




The Red Raiders continued to struggle in their search for a balanced offense today.  Andre Emmett had an outstanding individual performance with a career high 34 points.  Will Chavis was the only Red Raider in double figures with 12 points.  Until this team can establish some sort of an inside game they will continue to lose games like this.  Texas Tech does not shoot well enough to rely on their perimeter offense.  Teams will continue to allow Emmett to score his points as long as no one else steps up and makes some shots.




Play in the paint was also a problem on defense.  Arthur Johnson was almost able to score at will against the Red Raiders' defense.  The perimeter defense wasn't much better, giving up numerous open three pointers.  This is a game that probably could have been won if the defense had played better, but Texas Tech can't expect great defensive performances every night.  In spite of a substandard game defensively, the biggest problems are still on offense. 

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