Baylor Defeats Texas Tech, 74-68

The chances of an at-large bid for Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-11, 6-10) were eliminated following a loss to the Baylor Bears (14-13, 5-11). Baylor's Lawrence Roberts led all scorers with 28 points.

Baylor dominated the first half.  The Bears were able to take advantage of Texas Tech's poor shooting midway through the first half.  Baylor went on several runs to take a 37-24 lead at the half.

 

Texas Tech came out slowly in the second half, falling behind by as much as 16 points before they started a desperation comeback.  The Red Raiders used a 20-3 run to take a 46-45 lead with 7:30 left in the game.  Baylor stopped the comeback with a couple of free throws that allowed them to take the lead for the rest of the game.  Baylor won by a final score of 74-68

 

Offense

 

The Red Raiders finally got some scoring from the Post, but it wasn't enough to take the victory.  Andre Emmett led the Red Raiders with 26 points.  Robert Tomaszek scored 16 points in one of his better games.  When Tomaszek was scoring, the Texas Tech offense looked fine, but when his shots stopped falling it all came to an abrupt halt.  The Red Raiders are going to need a great performance from Tomaszek if they are going to have any chance of winning the Big 12 tournament.

 

Defense

 

For the second straight game, the Red Raiders paid the price for using a small lineup.  Roberts was able to score at will against the much smaller Texas Tech lineup.  The lineup change was obviously made to provide more offense, but it has had a big effect on Texas Tech's ability to defend the low post.  The Big 12 tournament will show us if the move worked or not.


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