Texas Tech-Texas: No. 11 Longhorns Raid Red Raiders of a Victory

Andrew GloverCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2009

Damion James had 18 points and the Texas Tech Red Raiders shot 34 percent, as the No. 11 Texas Longhorns routed them in a 71-49 victory.

If you asked Tech coach Pat Knight what went right for the Red Raiders, he said nothing.

“The second half we couldn’t shoot, we couldn’t pass, we couldn’t guard, we didn’t have on guy who could play in the Big XII,” Knight said. “They kicked our (expletive) the second half up and down. Every player got their (expletive) kicked, I got my (expletive) kicked, that’s the bottom line there is no sense in trying to sugarcoat it.”

The Red Raiders (10-7, 0-2) lost their second consecutive conference game and fifth dating back to last season. Tech ended last season losing to Kansas, Baylor and Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big XII Tournament. After winning their first nine home games, Tech has lost the last two. Another costly thing for Tech was shooting 46 percent from the free-throw line.

Knight’s record falls to 4-9 in the Big XII and 14-14 overall.

Alan Voskuil and Mike Singletary were the only Red Raiders that scored in Double figures, with 12 and 10 points respectively. Michael Prince had the best field goal percentage on the team making three-of-four field goals for six points.

Tech was outrebounded 40-33, with Singletary leading the team with eight. John Roberson led the team in assists with five and lead the team in turnovers with six. Prince lead the team in blocks with two and D’walyn Roberts lead the team in steals with two.

The Longhorns (14-4, 2-1) got a win after losing two of their last three prior to this game. Texas shot 44 percent from the field, 37 percent from the three-point line and 75 percent from the free throw line.

James led the Longhorns in scoring with 18 points, Gary Johnson had 15, Justin Mason had 15 and A.J. Abrams had 11. Dogus Balbay and Matt Hill were the only other Longhorns to score as they scored six each.

Mason led the team in rebounds with 10, leading to his first career double-double. James had eight rebounds and Johnson added seven. Connor Atchley led the team in assists with three, James and Balbay each had two. Atchley also led in blocks with two, Mason and Hill each had one. James and Balbay led in steals with two apiece.

The Red Raiders got off to a fast start in the first two and a half minute. Voskuil and Roberson hit three-pointers to give Tech an 8-2 lead. From that point the Longhorns took over.

Over the next seven minutes, Tech would fail to score leading to a 12-0 run by Texas. Johnson scored five of those points. Voskuil ended Tech’s scoreless streak with a three-pointer cutting the Longhorns lead to 14-11.

The Red Raiders would not get closer than three points the rest of the half. Texas went on a 10-2 run to expand their lead to 30-19 their largest lead of the half. Tech was able to cut the lead to six at halftime.

In the second half, it took the Longhorns only a minute and a half to double their lead with Abrams hitting a three and Johnson made a jumper. This would prompt Knight to take a timeout.

Tech would not get closer than eight points the rest of the game, trailing 42-34 with 15:31 remaining. The Longhorns went on a 12-2 run to expand their lead to 18; Texas would lead by as much as 25 in the second half.

Texas coach Rick Barnes said he was pleased with his team’s second half performance.

"We did a better job too of taking care of the ball," Barnes said. "I think we only had three turnovers in the second half. Two of those came in the last minute and a half."

The Red Raiders will host the Colorado Buffaloes (8-8, 0-2) on Tuesday and the No. 11 Longhorns will host the Texas A&M Aggies (15-3, 1-2) on Saturday.