Red Raiders Defeat Aggies, 70-69

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-8, 5-7) were able to ignore the controversy of the past week as they defeated the Texas A&M Aggies (13-10, 5-7). Texas Tech's Andre Emmett returned from a suspension to lead all scorers with 26 points.

Both teams struggled offensively early in the game, keeping the score close.  Texas Tech went on a 6-0 run at the 13:54 mark to take a 16-9 lead.  Texas A&M answered with a run of their own to tie the game.  The Red Raiders took a 35-29 lead into the half.

 

The Red Raiders were in control for most of the second half, leading by as much as 10 points.  Texas A&M was able to close the margin in the closing minutes of the game.  The Aggies tied the game with just 13 seconds left, but Will Chavis was fouled on the ensuing possession and hit the game winning fre throw to give Texas Tech a 70-69 victory.

 

Offense

 

With Andre Emmett back on the court, the Red Raider offense played much better than they did on Monday.  Andre Emmett scored 26 points in his first game since the suspension.  Robert Tomaszek built on his performance against Texas by scoring 17 points today.  Kasib Powell was the only other Red Raider in double figures, with 10 points.  Texas Tech still has some offensive problems, particularly when shooting from the outside.  Tomaszec has to continue to be a viable scoring threat if Texas Tech is going to have any chance of making it to the NCAA tournament.

 

Defense

 

The Texas Tech defense finally got a victory for their hard work.  This team plays with good intensity on the defensive end, though they do get out of position at times.  The tendency to leave shooters open is a disturbing problem.  The Red Raiders have to do a better job of locating shooters if they are going to beat teams like Texas and Kansas.


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