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Fans Storm the Court as Texas Tech Beats #12 Baylor

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Wednesday night’s Texas Tech- Baylor game at the United Spirit Arena went the Red Raiders way after the first minute of the game.

Baylor guard Kenny Cherry made the first basket of the game to give Baylor a 2-0 lead.  A minute and a half later, Texas Tech jumped out to a 4-2 lead after a Dejan Kravic lay-up at the 18:18 mark.

Texas Tech didn’t relinquish their lead for the rest of the game en route to an 82-72 win.  The win is Tech’s first Big 12 Conference win of the season.

The Red Raiders kept the petal to the metal in the first half extending their lead to 5 at the 15 minute mark, and then to 10 at the 11:20 mark.

Dejan Kravic and Jaye Crockett led the Red Raiders in the first half. Kravic had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Crockett had 14 points and 3 rebounds at the break.

Kravic’s passing caught the eye of both head coaches.  “Kravic all game long was a problem for us,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew. “He was a monster on the glass. I didn’t think he was that good of a passer.  He was facilitating all of those easy plays early on.”

Texas Tech’s Tubby Smith said, “Early on I was very impressed with Dejan’s ability to pass. He found Jordan (Tolbert) open, he found Jaye (Crockett) open on cuts to the basket early on. I think that loosened their defense up inside.”

Kravic finished the game with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

By the time halftime hit, the USA was rockin’ and Texas Tech extended their lead to 21, with a 43-22 score.

In the second half, the Red Raiders nursed their lead, never letting Baylor get within single digits other than a lay-up made by Baylor’s Taurean Prince with 20 seconds left in the game.  The crowd remained a factor in the game with chants of “RAIDER POWER” filling the USA. Scott Drew said, “I though this crowd really gave them a lot of energy. It’s the best crowd I’ve seen here in a couple of years.”

When the game ended, the United Spirit Arena erupted and the students stormed the floor; including Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb.

 

Crockett ended up leading the Red Raiders in points with 19. Toddrick Gotcher scored 17, Robert Turner had 14 and Jordan Tolbert had 11 points in 25 minutes of playing time.

Tolbert was again limited on playing time in the first half as he picked up his second foul at the 14:44 mark.  He didn’t reenter the game until the start of the second half and he played the complete remainder of the game.

Texas Tech’s next game is Saturday at TCU. Tipoff is at 5p and the game will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest.

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