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Texas Tech's Josh Gray and Kader Tapsoba,back, battle for a loose ball with Arizona State's Kenny Martin during during their game on Saturday in Lubbock.

Carson takes over down the stretch to push ASU past Texas Tech

Red Raiders drop their third straight game, fourth in the last five

Posted: December 22, 2012 - 3:48pm  |  Updated: December 23, 2012 - 1:31am
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Arizona State's Jahii Carson drives against Texas Tech's Dejan Kravic during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)  Zach Long
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Arizona State's Jahii Carson drives against Texas Tech's Dejan Kravic during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)
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Texas Tech was chipping away, putting itself in position for one final run on Saturday against Arizona State.

Then Jahii Carson took over.

The ASU freshman point guard hit a 3-pointer, then relentlessly attacked the rim, ripping off a personal 11-2 run that helped the Sun Devils cruise to a 77-62 win inside United Spirit Arena.

“It’s a great luxury,” ASU coach Herb Sendek said. “He’s a tremendous player. He plays with a lot of poise and composure. We all feed off his penetration and his energy.”

Tech had corralled ASU’s leading scorer for much of the afternoon, and Ty Nurse hit a runner in the lane to cut the lead to 61-54 with seven minutes left. But the Red Raiders didn’t score for 41/2 minutes after that, and Carson’s tear — he finished with 18 points — put the game away.

The loss was the third in a row and the fourth in five games for the Red Raiders (5-4). ASU (10-2), meanwhile, matched its win total from a season ago with the victory.

Though Tech made several runs at ASU’s lead — it trailed just 46-42 three minutes into the second half — a number of glaring deficiencies continued to hamper the Red Raiders, who turned the ball over 16 times to just five assists.

“Any team in the country with those type of numbers is going to have a tough time winning a game,” Tech coach Chris Walker said, “particularly against a quality opponent and a great coach in Herb Sendek. We just have a team that has a small margin for error, and we have to make sure we get a shot on goal each possession.”

Tech failed to do that after cutting the lead to four early in the second half on Trency Jackson’s layup. The Red Raiders turned the ball over five times and missed a pair of free throws before they scored again four minutes later. By that time, ASU had once again pushed the lead to double digits, and Tech wouldn’t get closer than five the rest of the way.

“As a team we have to come together and get the mindset to where we’re going to take the lead,” said forward Jaye Crockett, who led Tech with 11 points and nine rebounds. “In times like that where we get so close, we just let them go down and make two threes to push it back to a seven- or 10-point game. We have to make sure we close. We’re not closing at all.”

Tech’s crippling performance from the 3-point line continued to be a major road block. The Red Raiders made only 3 of 13 shots from the perimeter, with all the made shots coming from freshman Dusty Hannahs, who made his first career start.

The Sun Devils connected on 14 of 27 shots from beyond the arc. ASU made 10 of its perimeter shots in the first half, building a 15-point lead that Tech cut to six by halftime.

“Their point guard is great at dribbling the ball, penetrating, passing to people,” said Tech guard Dusty Hannahs, who made all of Tech’s 3-point shots in his first career start. “Their guys were finding spots and getting that quick look.”

Jonathan Gilling hit five of his career-high six 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 18 points.

Despite torrid shooting from the Sun Devils, Tech often scratched back into position to draw even. But with each opportunity, there was another self-inflicted mistake — turnover, close miss, blown defensive assignment — to be made for the Red Raiders.

“I don’t think the guys aren’t trying,” Walker said. “We’re just not playing very smart. It’s going to be hard to win at this level when you don’t play smart. They play hard and put themselves into position, then they shoot themselves in the foot.”


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Arizona State 77, Texas Tech 62



Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Felix 24 4-7 4-4 2 9 4 3 13

Carson 39 7-14 3-6 0 2 2 5 18

Gordon 37 4-10 0-0 2 4 0 2 12

Bachynski 14 2-5 0-0 2 4 1 0 4

Gilling 38 6-15 0-0 1 4 1 2 18

Colvin 19 3-6 0-0 0 5 2 4 8

Jacobsen 15 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0

Pateev 12 2-2 0-3 3 3 2 0 4

Martin 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0

Team 0 1
Totals 200 28-61 7-13 11 33 16 16 77





Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Hannahs 27 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 9

Gray 28 3-8 4-4 3 4 4 0 10

Williams 6 1-1 0-0 1 4 0 1 2

Crockett 36 5-10 1-1 0 9 0 0 11

Tolbert 21 5-11 0-0 2 5 3 0 10

Jackson 21 1-3 0-0 0 3 2 1 2

Nurse 12 1-1 0-0 1 2 1 0 2

Robinson 19 2-8 0-0 1 2 2 1 4

Kravic 20 3-6 1-3 0 3 1 2 7

Tapsoba 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Gotcher 12 1-2 3-4 0 0 1 0 5

Team 2 2
Totals 200 25-58 9-12 11 36 15 5 62


Arizona State 42 35 — 77

Texas Tech 36 26 — 62



Records: Arizona State 10-2; Texas Tech 5-4. Shooting percentages: ASU 45.9% FG, 51.9% 3-pt. FG, 53.8% FT; Tech 43.1% FG, 23.1% 3-pt. FG, 75.0% FT. 3-point goals: ASU 14-27 (Felix 1-2, Carson 1-4, Gordon 4-7, Gilling 6-12, Colvin 2-2); Tech 3-13 (Hannahs 3-7, Gray 0-1, Crockett 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Robinson 0-2, Gotcher 0-1). Steals: ASU 6 (Colvin 3, Carson, Gordon, Gilling); Tech 3 (Crockett 2, Kravic). Blocked shots: ASU 5 (Felix, Gordon, Bachynski); Tech 9 (Kravic 4, Crockett 2, Tolbert 2, Tapsoba). Turnovers: ASU 11, Tech 16. Total fouls: ASU 16, Tech 15. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: ASU, Carson; Tech, Gray. Officials: Joe DeRosa, David Hall, Rodrick Dixon. Attendance: 7,732.

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I haven't looked back--but I feel comfortable in saying our program is at its all time low ebb. Daddy Knight recharged the program because he fit the mold of the fan base. Before and after and now we hit bottom. The students won't come for free. Seats I used to pay thousands for are now a dollar. With the empty arena it's almost impossible to attract a recruit. I honestly don't know what can be done.



Agree with you Facts. The program has floundered so long that even with 30,000 plus students and Lubbock population of 250,000, attendance is only 3,000 - 4,000 a game. Holcutt has his work cut out for him.


You would think that an almost guaranteed ...

... starting spot and minutes would be enough to get some talent to sign up, no answers here either. I don't know if Walker will be the answer, but how is the guy supposed recruit without a contract. It's not like any big name with normal bp is beating down the door to coach here.

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