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Longhorns dominate Red Raiders from start to finish, 74-57

Posted: February 4, 2012 - 8:51pm  |  Updated: February 5, 2012 - 1:41am
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Texas Tech's Ty Nurse, left, fights for a loose ball with Texas' Julien Lewis during the Longhorns' 74-57 win on Saturday in Austin.  Michael Thomas
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Texas Tech's Ty Nurse, left, fights for a loose ball with Texas' Julien Lewis during the Longhorns' 74-57 win on Saturday in Austin.
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AUSTIN — Facing a wide range of built-in obstacles this season, from a lack of size, speed and athleticism to overwhelming inexperience, competing in the Big 12 Conference is a nightly uphill battle for Texas Tech.

So when the Red Raiders found themselves facing a 13-point deficit just minutes into Saturday’s road tilt against Texas, they might as well have been trying to hike up Mount Everest.

Tech was dominated by the Longhorns from start to finish during a 74-57 loss inside the Frank Erwin Center. The setback was the Red Raiders’ 10th straight to begin Big 12 Conference play, its worst conference start since the league was formed in 1996.

The Longhorns opened the game on a 17-4 run over the first five minutes, 30 seconds, keyed by dribble penetration from guards Sheldon McClellan and J’Covan Brown — both players finished with 17 points — that the Red Raiders had no success in containing.

“It’s not a good formula,” Tech coach Billy Gillispie said of his team’s early deficit, which it faced due, in part he added, to breakdowns in its help-defense schemes. “The first play of the game we helped uphill and didn’t really know where our man was. … “Those are plays that inexperienced players make, but we’re to the point now, on Feb. 4, where we shouldn’t be making those kinds of defensive mistakes because of our little margin for error.”

Texas’ dribble penetration — “If we were better defensively, we would drive (their guards) east to west instead of north to south,” Gillispie said — opened up plenty of easy opportunities inside for senior center Clint Chapman, who scored 20 points to along with nine rebounds and five blocks.

When Tech surrendered a career-high 30 points to Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown on Tuesday, the Cowboy guard earned almost half of his points at the free-throw line (13 of 13). On Saturday, it was the same story for Chapman, who converted all eight of his attempts from the stripe, where Texas shot 25 of 31 compared to 9 of 14 from Tech.

“A lot of my stuff came in the flow (of the offense),” Chapman said. “I was able to knock down free throws. That’s something I have a lot of pride in.”

The Longhorns hot first-half offense — they led 40-25 at intermission — was often fueled by a suffocating defense that contested almost every shot inside. Eight of Texas’ 10 blocks came in the first half, rejections that often led to transition offense the other way.

“It’s easier to flow into the offense when you’re not taking the ball out from under the basket every time,” Chapman said. “It’s easier to get buckets in transition.”

Nothing came easy for Tech.

Overall, the Red Raiders shot 41 percent (22 of 54) from the field, their third straight game above the 40-percent mark, but they made only 28 percent of their shots (9 of 32) in the first half, digging too deep a hole from which to emerge.

Ty Nurse led the Red Raiders with 18 points, while walk-on Clark Lammert and Jordan Tolbert chipped in 12 points apiece.

Tech players were not made available to the media after the game.

The loss didn’t come without some improvement. The 14 turnovers committed by the Red Raiders on Saturday were about four below the team’s season average. But the nearly-as-crippling and oft-repeated mistake of not being on time and on target with post-entry passes made the task of scoring against Chapman and the rest of Texas’ post players an especially arduous one.

“We were not able to give them any kind of resistance inside,” Gillispie said. “We could not score the ball at all inside when we got the ball in there, and we definitely could not stop them from scoring.”

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Texas 74
Texas Tech 57

TEXAS TECH 57

FG FT REB

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

Lewandowski 26 3-7 1-2 1 4 4 7 4

Petteway 10 0-1 0-0 0 0 4 0 0

Nurse 36 8-13 0-0 0 1 5 1 18

Willis 16 0-4 0-0 1 2 0 0 0

Tolbert 32 4-12 4-6 1 6 2 3 12

Minnis 3 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 2

Wagner 15 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0

Adams 21 0-3 0-0 0 0 2 1 0

Crockett 11 3-8 0-1 0 3 0 0 6

Lammert 23 3-4 4-4 3 3 1 2 12

Nash 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0

4 4
Totals 200 22-54 9-14 10 25 20 8 57

TEXAS 74

FG FT REB

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

Wangmene 17 0-0 3-4 1 5 2 0 3

Chapman 32 6-10 8-8 4 9 2 0 20

McClellan 23 7-11 2-4 0 3 0 1 17

Kabongo 28 1-5 4-5 1 4 2 3 7

Brown 36 5-13 7-8 4 5 2 4 17

Lewis 20 0-3 0-0 0 2 4 0 3

Bond 11 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 2

Holmes 20 2-4 1-2 2 5 3 0 5

Gibbs 13 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 3

Dick 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

3 6
Totals 200 23-53 25-31 16 41 18 11 74

Texas Tech 25 32 — 57

Texas 40 34 — 74

Records: Texas Tech 7-15, 0-10 in Big 12; Texas 14-9, 4-6. Shooting percentages: Tech, 40.7% FG, 36.4% 3-pt FG, 64.3% FT; Texas, 43.4% FG, 25.0% 3-pt. FG, 80.6% FT. 3-point goals: Tech 4-11 (Lammert 2-2, Nurse 2-5, Willis 0-1, Petteway 0-1, Adams 0-2); Texas 3-12 (Kabongo 1-1, McClellan 1-2, Gibbs 1-4, Lewis 0-2, Brown 0-3). Steals: Tech 3 (Nurse, Wagner, Nash); Texas 8 (McClellan 2, Kabongo 2). Blocked shots: Tech 4 (Lewandowski 2); Texas 10 (Chapman 5). Turnovers: Tech 14, Texas 11. Total fouls: Tech 20, Texas 18. Fouled out: Tech, Nurse. Technical fouls: Tech-Bench. Officials: Tom O’Neill, Kipp Kissinger, K.C. Ely. Attendance: 10,859.

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Expect more of the same

Any Kentucky fan would have seen this coming. Not only is BCG a horrible coach but his treatment of his players is far worse than Leech ever dreamed of. How anyone could justify hiring him is beyond me.

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Dear Mr. (Ms.?) techfan2003

Were you discussing two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year Billy Gillespie? And if you were referring to former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach when you spelled a name "Leech," were you referring to former National Coach of the Year Mike Leach? If so, for informational purposes, there is no report of Texas Tech mens basketball players being mistreated in Lubbock since the arrival of Mr. Gillespie and the report of a player being mistreated by Mike Leach has been debunked by sworn testimony given in a Texas State District Court. Congratulations. You've learned something.

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factrfacts

while I agree that Techfan2003 is way off base, the jury is still out (so to speak) regarding Leach's mistreatment of a player......

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From Now On......

From now no, I think I should limit my remarks to: "What LODOTX said."

Wscott, Tech's entire defense versus Leach is simply "We're the government and we can cheat you out of your employment agreement." Tech is not employing any facts pertaining to their breach of agreement.

In State District Court in Lubbock, the James boy chose not to repeat his previous allegations when the term "Perjury" was explainted to him. The Daddy, pure and simple, perjured himself. Jail offense.

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Hey facts, lodotx and

Hey facts, lodotx and feaco.... you stooges forgot to mention washington st senate just recently (feb 1, 2112) passed gay marriage. Since you 3 like politics so much i dont see how you let this important political info slip by.

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@lodotx

What the hell is karma. I haven't been able to find it in any science book.

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There are reports of

There are reports of Gillispie mistreating athletes at Kentucky. No reports have surfaced yet about the way he is treating his players here. But as no one seems to care about basketball here he has certainly found the right place to coach. Time will tell. Maybe all Tech wants is a good ol boy who can drink. Enjoy your losing seasons.

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