Texas Tech beats Nebraska-Omaha 91-63
Crockett scores 22 points to lead Texas Tech past Nebraska-Omaha 91-63
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Walker likes Jaye Crockett coming off the bench.
The 6-foot-7, 200-pound junior forward scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Red Raiders 91-63 win over Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday night.
"He actually bounced back from last game," Walker said. "I just told Jaye, 'you're an older guy, you probably want to be a starter, but guess what — you can be the best spark coming off the bench we have with these young guys.'"
Crockett shot 9 of 12 from the field and was flawless from behind the 3-point mark and the free-throw line.
Texas Tech blew a 13-point lead to go into halftime up by only six.
After the half, Dejan Kravic and Crockett helped the Red Raiders break open a lead that would only grow.
"We usually do it in the first half and come out sluggish in the second half," Crockett said. "But we put the hammer on them."
Kravic added 20 points for the Red Raiders, with all but two of those coming in the second half.
"The coach and the players both gave me great motivation," Kravic said. "They are the reason I played well in the second half."
The Red Raiders (2-0) crashed the boards, out-rebounding the Mavericks (1-2) 48 to 27.
The Red Raiders pressed aggressively all game long, which translated into 10 steals and kept the Mavericks on their heels.
Justin Simmons led the Mavericks with 13 points, and John Karhoff added 11 points and four rebounds.
The Red Raiders dominated down inside, earning almost half of their points in the paint.
Kravic, who was 9 for 11 from the field and perfect from the line, turned his game up a notch when he realized no one else on the court was tall enough to block his shots. Kravic is 6 feet 11 inches tall.
"Just go straight up and let the refs decide," Walker said. "Stop deciding in your mind they are going to block your shot."
Heralded true freshman guard Josh Gray had a career-high 15 points, 13 of them in the first half. He added seven rebounds and two steals.
Sophomore Jordan Tolbert ignited the crowd with an alley-oop off of the backboard in the first half and added two big blocks that sparked the Red Raiders' momentum.
Texas Tech's clear advantage in athleticism showed as a six point lead grew to 19 and eventually capped off at 28.
Nineteen of the Red Raiders' points came off turnovers, and Tech's aggressiveness on the boards was on display as they grabbed 21 offensive boards which translated into 14 second-chance points.
The Mavericks, who are in their second year re-classifying for Division I, simply didn't have the depth to play a full 40 minutes against a BCS program.
Wednesday night was the first time two Red Raiders scored 20 points in the same game since March 6, 2010, at Colorado.
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