ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- It took Texas Tech about 20 minutes to
warm up to New Mexico's zone defense and its thousands of screaming
The Red Raiders trailed by as much as 10 points and saw the
Lobos hit five of their eight 3-point attempts during the first
half. Texas Tech also racked up nine fouls and had six turnovers in
That all changed in the second half when Texas Tech (6-2)
started shooting from the outside and finding holes in the Lobos'
zone. They went on to beat the Lobos 67-58 Saturday at The Pit.
"We have not been a good team to get behind, catch up and go on
to win," Texas Tech head coach Bob Knight said. "But tonight we
came back and didn't make any mistakes from that point on.
Everything kind of went our way."
New Mexico (2-3) went into the second half with a 32-29 lead and
managed to keep it for more than a minute until Texas Tech's Robert
Tomaszek kicked back the ball to LucQuente White, who pulled up for
a 3 and tied the game.
The Red Raiders tied the game with a pair of free throws from
Andre Emmett, who finished with 12 points and was 4-for-4 from the
line. While New Mexico missed some crucial free throws, Texas Tech
was 92 percent from the line for the game.
The teams traded leads for more than three minutes until New
Mexico's Javin Tindall hit a 3 from the top of the key to put the
Lobos up 44-40. After a pair of baskets and a 3-pointer by Texas
Tech, Neale tied it at 47 with a 3 from the left perimeter.
After stealing an errant pass by Texas Tech, the Lobos had
possession of the ball for close to three minutes. They pulled down
six offensive rebounds during that time but their possession ended
with a turnover and no points.
At that point, Knight said he thought the game would end without
his team ever getting the ball back.
"Their energy was a big factor," he said of the Lobos ability
to hang onto the ball.
It was the same energy that kept the Red Raiders at bay in the
first half. Knight admitted that his team was struggling with
shooting early on but he also pointed to the Lobos' zone.
"It's hard to play against Texas Tech, which defends against
all that pressure," New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay said. "You
have to cover so much space in the zone that it's hard to play a
40-minute game with them."
Emmett, who is usually the Red Raiders leading scorer, said he
wasn't surprised at how the Lobos played.
"I mean this is The Pit. It's loud," said Emmett, who was kept
to 12 points. "They were playing for their fans and the fans were
going crazy. We didn't play like we wanted to in the beginning of
the game but toward the end we finally got some big shots."
Those include 7 points from Jarrius Jackson. He hit a 3-pointer
that put the Red Raiders ahead 59-57 with 2:20 remaining, then sank
a pair of free throws 30 seconds later.
Tomaszek scored with 1:13 remaining, which put Texas Tech up by
6. Jackson scored another 2 points after stealing a pass and
Red Raider Ronald Ross picked off another Lobo pass with 30
seconds left, scoring his team's last basket.
Tomaszek led Tech with 18. Ross and Devonne Giles each had 10.
Tindall led the Lobos with 27 points, six assists and no
turnovers. David Chiotti added 11 points.
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