Notebook: Texas A&M 47, Texas Tech 38
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Posted Feb 14, 2012


The Aggies got the final blow in the all-time series against the Red Raiders. Here are some notes and bits of info from the game.

NOTES

 

* Texas Tech fell to Texas A&M 47-38 on Tuesday night inside the United Spirit Arena

 

* The Red Raiders fall to 8-17 overall and 1-12 in Big 12 Conference Play, while the Aggies improve to 13-12 overall and 4-9 in Big 12 play

 

* With A&M leaving the conference and the Aggies getting the win, the All-time series is now tied at 63-63

 

* The Red Raiders dominated the beginning of the game eventually pulling out to a 24-9 lead before the Aggies were able to rattle off a 8-2 run to pull it to a 26-17 lead for Tech at the half

 

* Second straight Big 12 game the Red Raiders have led in, won the one against Oklahoma but lost this one to Texas A&M

 

* Tech was held to 12 points on 5-of-19 shooting, while the Aggies went of for 30 points on 11-for-28 shooting and 6- for-11 from the free throw line

 

* The 12 points in the second half is the fewest the Red Raiders have scored in a single half all season long

 

* Only five players played more than 30 minutes in the entire game, Nurse, Willis and Adams played the entire game. Lewandowski had 34 minutes and Crockett had 38 minutes

 

- The Red Raiders shot only two free throws in the second half, which was all they shot for the entire game

 

- That is the worst free-throw shooting game since Tech’s loss to Missouri when the Red Raiders went 2-for-6 from the charity stripe

 

- Tech was outrebounded 41-23. A&M had 20 offensive rebounds while the Red Raiders had only 5 offensive boards

 

- Both teams committed 14 turnovers but A&M scored 15 points off the Tech mistakes while the Red Raiders scored just nine points off of Aggie turnovers

 

- The Aggies outrebounded the Red Raiders giving them a lot of second chances and A&M took advantage scoring 16 second chance points while the Red Raiders had just four

 

Quotes

Billy Gillispie – Texas Tech Head Coach

 

Opening Statement

 

Tough, disappointing loss, had some moments where we played really well, didn’t play good enough for 40 minutes,” Gillispie said. “They definitely started hitting some shots and playing better, and then when it got right down to it we weren’t tough enough in the lane to beat them.”

 

Reason behind offense slowing down

 

“It was my fault, we probably got to conservative in the second half,” Gillispie said. “At the end of the first half, you know we just didn’t make any shots. After we got out to a lead we started wanting to play conservative, that wasn’t my doing. But the second half I probably made them try to play too conservative.”

 

On giving up the Three’s Against A&M

 

“Well they’re good shooters and that’s a big part of their offense right now,” Gillispie said. “We had them 24-9 and we let them make two straight three-point shots and neither one of them were very well defended. We haven’t been up that much on anyone in a long time, and we just didn’t handle the lead very well defensively.”

 

How much does this one hurt

 

“It’s disappointing because we had a lead,” Gillispie said. “It’s against a good team that probably hasn’t gotten the results that they definitely wanted to have. They’re big and athletic and that ultimately was the deal for us, we couldn’t play in the paint with them. We needed to have a little margin for error.”

 

 

Javarez Willis – Sophomore

 

“Bad, because we know should have won that game,” Javarez Willis said. “We could have won that game by 30.”

 

Jaye Crockett – Sophomore

 

 

Being outrebounded by so much

 

“They were just more aggressive than us, we weren’t boxing our man out, balls were going over our head,” Jaye Crockett said. “And sometime on free throw rebounds we weren’t pinching. We just weren’t aggressive going towards the rebounds.”

 

 

Did fatigue play a role

 

“I didn’t even realize we only played five or six people, I didn’t realize that until the end of the game,” Crockett said. “I mean because we condition so hard in practice, and we go hard so that makes the games easier. It was just aggressiveness, we weren’t aggressive.”


Why did the offense slow down so much in the second half

 

“Shots just weren’t falling, so that happens sometimes,” Crockett said. “You got to use your defense and get it inside and stop worrying about threes and work a little inside – out. So that was our problem.”

 

Coaches message to the team after the game

 

“He was disappointed, this was an easy win,” Crockett said. “We should’ve had this game, we just let them kill us on the boards. That was just uncalled for if you ask me.”

 

Billy Kennedy – Texas A&M Head Coach

 

 

Opening Statement

 

“Two teams fighting for a win, but our guys fought through some adversity in the first half, and did a great job defensively in the second half,” Billy Kennedy said. “We did a better job taking care of the ball, fortunate to get a win.”

 

Bouncing back from the slow start

 

“We turned the ball over, I thought they got some easy baskets and we were playing back on our heels and the crowd got into it and we played passive, I thought for the first 10 minutes,” Billy Kennedy said. “We woke up and started playing like we’re capable of towards the end of the half.”

 

Talking about Tech’s play

 

“They wore down, they’re limited, they’re building a program,” Kennedy said. “Think four guys played 20 minutes the first half. We’re both in similar situations, and I thought their team fought hard and gave everything they could. We were just better in the second half and that’s why we won.”

 

Elston Turner - Junior Guard

 

Talking about getting first Big 12 road win

 

“Feels great man,” Elston Turner said. “Like I’ve been saying any win is a great win, it’s hard to win. So when you do it to another Texas team, Big 12 team, as we’re about to leave it’s just that much better.”



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