Texas Tech lost their first game of the season Saturday night against No. 9 Arizona 85-57.
Nick Johnson had 18 points for the Wildcats.
“I think that team is a final four team and that’s a tall challenge for us right now, given where we are,” Texas Tech coach Chris Walker said. “Not that we’re giving in – we respect Arizona. That’s a really good team and you got a chance to learn and it gives me a chance to get my players' attention and say, ‘Guys, that is what we want to be. That is where we are trying to get to;."
Nick Johnson led all scorers with 18 points. Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons each added 14.
“We couldn’t press them like we normally press teams,” Walker said. “Their guards are good so we had to make some adjustments.”
Despite being held to only six points, Kaleb Tarczewski was a force inside, grabbing 13 rebounds for the Wildcats. Arizona won the rebound battle 41 to 26, which played a big role in getting the win.
Jaye Crockett came off the bench to lead Red Raiders in scoring, for the fourth consecutive gamewith 12 points. Crockett also added six rebounds.
“We’re going watch film and watch all of the mistakes we made and go back and correct it,” Crockett said.
Kader Tapsoba added seven points and three blocks for the Red Raiders.
Dejan Kravic and Jordan Tolbert, who normally play a big role offensively for the Red Raiders, both got into foul trouble early and forced Tech to rely on their bench. Both players played less than 20 minutes.
Tech’s bench accounted for 40 of their 57 points.
“We lose to Arizona,” Walker said. “Now we've got to turn it around against Northern Kentucky. It’s the next game on the schedule.”
“We’re all about pride. You’re not going to win every game and these guys are not going to get down because we lost a game.”
Texas Tech (4-1) hosts Northern Kentucky (0-5) Tuesday night.