Three Red Raiders accounted for over 74 percent of Texas Tech’s point in Friday night’s 85-74 win over North Carolina A&T.
Dejan Kravic scored 22 points to help the Red Raiders close a 12-point deficit and eventually build a lead of their own. 14 of his points came in the second half.
In just his second career start, true freshman Dusty Hannahs added 21 points. Often-leading scorer Jaye Crockett posted another double-double with 20 points and 14 reboudnds.
North Carolina A&T led by 12 points with 2:24 left in the first half, but Kravic and Hannahs helped to reduce the deficit to 43-37 at halftime. Hannahs had two 3s in the final 40 seconds of the half.
“(Those 3s) were good for the team because we were in a low point right there,” Hannahs said. “They were on a run and those two threes kind of cut it from double digits, and I was just happy I got the team back within striking distance.”
Kravic helped Tech get off to a hot start in the second half. The Red Raiders would go on a run of their own, 26-6.
“It just lets you know what your team’s capable of,” Texas Tech coach Chris Walker said, who added that Tech will face bigger and stronger teams in Big 12 Conference play. “... Yet, you have to show some signs of doing it. They have to know that they can do it, and they did it today. And it was the difference today.”
Eventually the Aggies were able to close the lead to one point with 5:25 remaining, but Hannahs helped re-expand the lead to double digits.
Jean Louisme led the Aggies (5-8) with 18 points and Adrian Powell added 16 points.
The Red Raiders (6-4) host Florida A&M (4-7) on Monday.