Texas Tech-UTEP: Miners Give Red Raiders Another Dark Knight on the Road

Andrew GloverCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2008

The Texas Tech Red Raiders’ road woes continue, as they shot 25 percent from three-point range in a 96-78 loss at UTEP Wednesday.


Texas Tech (7-3) lost its second consecutive game, and has now dropped nine of its last 10 road games dating back to the 2007-2008 season. The Red Raiders' last road win was against Colorado on Feb. 20, 2008.


Tech shot 49 percent from the field, 25 percent on three-pointers and 71 percent from the free-throw line. John Roberson led the Red Raiders with a career-high 33 points, making all four of Tech’s three-pointers. Damir Suljagic was the only other Red Raider to score in double digits with 10 points.


Alan Voskuil, who was averaging 15.3 points per game entering the night, was 1-for-10 from the field and 0-for-6 from behind the three-point arc, giving the senior just three points. The three points was Voskuil’s lowest total since failing to score against Baylor on March 8, 2008.


Roberson also led the team in assists with nine. Suljagic led the team in rebounds with eight.


UTEP (5-4) has won two out of three games and two in a row at home. The Miners shot 51 percent from the field, 34 percent from three-point range, and 73 percent from the free-throw line.


Stefon Jackson led the Miners with 28 points, Randy Culpepper scored 27, and Arnett Moultrie scored 15. Julyan Stone led the team in assists with 11. Jackson, Stone, and Gabriel McCulley led the team in rebounds with seven apiece.


The Red Raiders' only lead was at the beginning of the game when D’walyn Roberts made a layup to give Tech a 2-0 lead. The Miners went on a 17-5 run and took a 10-point lead with 15:35 remaining in the first half.


Tech trailed by as much as 11 in the first half. The Red Raiders got within two, outscoring the Miners 12-3 from the 11:49 mark until 6:57 remained in the half. But the Miners went on a 16-9 run to lead 43-34 at halftime.


Tech didn't get closer than seven points in the second half, and the Miners went on an 8-2 run to widen their lead to 51-38. UTEP expanded its lead to as many as 27 points.


The Red Raiders cut their deficit under 20 with eight points by Roberson, including two three-pointers.


The Red Raiders will return home and face New Mexico on Saturday. The Miners will host New Mexico State.