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Tech point guards show progress in win against Northern Kentucky

Josh Gray and Daylen Robinson combine for 25 points while shooting 69 percent from the floor; also turn the ball over a combined nine times

Posted: December 4, 2012 - 8:58pm  |  Updated: December 5, 2012 - 1:33am
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Texas Tech's Josh Gray shoots against Northern Kentucky during their game on Tuesday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)  Zach Long
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Texas Tech's Josh Gray shoots against Northern Kentucky during their game on Tuesday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)
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Texas Tech’s 75-69 win against Northern Kentucky inside United Spirit Arena on Tuesday may have provided the blueprint for what coach Chris Walker wants to see out of his point guards.

Josh Gray and Daylen Robinson — at times sharing the same court — were efficient while guiding a Tech team that was aiming to make gains with its half-court offense. The two combined to score 25 points on 9 of 13 shooting. They also jointly dished out seven assists while collecting five rebounds and three steals.

“If they don’t make a couple of turnovers and make their free throws, it’s a perfect game,” Tech coach Chris Walker said of the point-guard play.

Gray and Robinson turned the ball over five and four times, respectively, and the former hit just 2 of 6 free-throw attempts. Tech led by 20 points with 13 minutes left in the game before a string of sloppy possessions and poor free-throw shooting — the Red Raiders shot just 13 of 27, with a bulk of the misses coming in the closing minutes — allowed Northern Kentucky to claw back.

But the floor-general duo, both members of which are playing at the major-college level for the first time this season, for the most part effectively ran an offense that bounced back well from a rough outing in a lopsided loss to Arizona on Saturday.

Tech was red hot from the field as a team Tuesday, shooting a season-high 59 percent (27 of 46), including 42 percent (8 of 19) from 3-point range. Four Tech players scored in double figures, including a game-high 16 from Jaye Crockett, who also led the team with eight rebounds.

Some of the best minutes for Gray and Robinson came when both were on the floor together, with Robinson taking over the bulk of the ball-handling duties in those situations and Gray using the freedom to roam more as a scorer. He finished with 14 points, making him the first Tech freshman since Rick Bullock in 1972 to tally at least 10 points in five of his first six games.

“I think in the backcourt together we play great,” Gray said. “It’s great for the team. By me starting, (Robinson) coming off the bench, that doesn’t mean anything. We play the same minutes and do the same things. We don’t look at it like that. We just look at it like we’re trying to win.”

Added Robinson: “I love distributing the ball, making plays and keeping my teammates happy. I know I have the ball most of the time when I’m in, so if I can make somebody else look better, then I’ll do it.”

The Red Raiders have put up big numbers through six games — they have scored at least 75 points in all but one contest — but the offense remains a work in progress. Key to any improvement Tech makes will be the continued growth of a pair of point guards who are still getting used to the rigors and demands of the game at this level.

“It’s trial by fire,” Walker said. “They have to learn what they can not do. I want them to push themselves to the max, and then we can always bring them down a little bit. But I want to make sure I get maximum effort out of them.”


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This Is The Way We Live in Lubbock

A 6-point win at home over a program I did not know existed.

Folks, we are very unlucky. There are many cases where a politician becomes chancellor of a major university and does not foist his narcissistic personality on the athletics program. And utterly destroy the program.

The destruction in Lubbock is without peer and will be remembered for what it is.

Here we sit.



You are not running faster just because the child is in kindergarden: it's just that your legs are longer. I, for one, am sick of this inane articles that are nothing but propaganda. When Texas Tech plays a quality school that someone has heard of outside of the narrow geographic region in which that institution is located then maybe the outcome will be newsworthy. In other words, stop playing teams that are totally off the NCAA tournament map. HOW can one measure progress when Texas Tech plays teams that are NEVER in the top twenty-five.

Here's a newsflash---Tech has played ONE quality team, and Arizona kicked the stuffing out of Texas Tech. The team is not able to compete with top programs at all.


started to comment re NKy but

the prior two posts voiced my thoughts far more eloquently. My "eyeball test" says TTU is inferior to some (many?) D2 teams and will prob win no better than 4 of 18 conf games.



You kidding me. A 6 point win over a program that was a Div II last year??? At home??? WOW

Northern Kentucky's 5 games prior to Texas Tech. http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/team/_/id/94/northern-kentucky-norse

4 point loss @ San Diego 20 point loss to Tulsa 4 point loss to Siena 11 point loss @ Cal State Northridge 27 point loss @ #4 Ohio State

Tech's RPI, the ratings that the 64 team tournament is filled has Tech a "solid" 202!!! The BIg 12 team that is above Tech is at #68. The karma of 2009 is still haunting a once proud athletic program. What goes around comes around. Especially in the four major revenue producing sports. At this rate of "Progress" it is easy to see Tech will be lucky to win ONE conference game again this year.

7,000 my ass in attendance. Maybe 1,000. Sad. Pull your head out Texas Tech...no one gives a crap about Texas Tech anymore thanks to past.


Tolbert can't play, get resumes out for next season

This team is not improving. As usual look at other Big 12 teams and the players look like grown men. We look like players between high school seniors and freshmen in college.

Crockett plays hard every play. Too bad the rest of the team doesn't. Controlled chaos is a joke. Like recent teams these guys play hard about 10 minutes then they rest and don't play hard.

Get the resumes ready for a new coach next season.


eyes closed

I watched the game with my eyes closed; is it over yet??

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