Men's Basketball Dropped By Texas Tech, 99-86
Dec 1, 2001
By BETSY BLANEY
LUBBOCK, Texas - Kasib Powell scored 13 points in the first four minutes during a 19-6 run and Texas Tech went on to defeat TCU 99-86 Saturday.
Powell finished with 29 points and Andy Ellis added 22 for the Red Raiders (6-1).
Texas Tech led by 27 points at one point in the first half before TCU (4-3) went on a 10-0 run. The Horned Frogs pulled to within eight points with 5:32 remaining in the game, but Tech scored seven unanswered points to quell the threat.
All five Tech starters scored in double figures. Will Chavis directed coach Bob Knight's motion offense to near perfection, notching 9 assists, 8 rebounds and 21 points. Tech's other guard, Nick Valdez, had 13 points and 5 assists, and Andre Emmett added 12 points.
Tech's swarming man-to-man defense kept TCU run-and-gun offense off balance. In one four-minute stretch, TCU turned the ball over 5 times and missed five of six shots.
It was the first time this season that Tech has surpassed 90 points in a game. For the Horned Frogs, it was only the second time this season they have been held to under 90 points.
Tech had some lapses in the second half, including a 10-2 run by TCU midway through the period. Turnovers and bad passes by Tech led to opportunities the Horned Frogs capitalized on.
Tech played nearly flawless in the first 20 minutes and led 53-25 at
halftime. They built a 27-point lead at 39-12 after a 17-4 run. Powell was all
over the floor in the first half, shooting from outside and driving to the
basket. He didn't miss in the first four minutes of the game, hitting 5-of-5
from the field, knocking down a 3-pointer, and was 2-for-2 from the line. By
halftime, he had 25 points and 8 rebounds.
TCU coach Billy Tubbs and Knight are old acquaintances, but it was the first time they have coached against each other. Their 1983 teams played in the NCAA tournament when Tubb was at Oklahoma and Knight was at Indiana, but Tubbs was injured by a car while jogging and was not on the sidelines that day.