Texas Tech improved to 5-1 Tuesday night with a 75-69 win over Northern Kentucky.
“Coming into the season, after six games, if someone told me we’d be 5-1 right now, I’d be glowing,” Texas Tech coach Chris Walker said.
Jaye Crockett scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Red Raiders in scoring for the fifth consecutive game.
“Jaye’s been great,” Walker said. “I thought he got a little bit antsy to start the game. I told him to relax. Don’t forget what got you here, be patient.”
Heralded freshman Josh Gray added 14 points, while Trency Jackson added 12.
“(Gray is) more of a scorer who’s trying to transition more to the point guard spot,” Walker said.
Eshaunte Jones scored 16 points for Northern Kentucky. Tyler White added 14, while Chad Jackson and Jack Flournoy each added 13.
The Red Raiders went on a 15-0 run early in the second half to go up by 20, but the Norse chipped away and cut it to as low as six.
Walker attributed this to the team’s youth.
“We got casual,” Walker said. “We were up twenty, and that’s just a young team - we don’t know how to play with the lead.”
“I want them to push themselves to the max then we can always bring them down a little.”
Texas Tech is off until they host McNeese State (3-3) on December 16.
“We’ve played three games in eight days,” Walker said. “That’s a lot for this team and the style we play.