Texas Tech beats Houston 76-64 in Brooklyn

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm •  Published: November 26, 2013
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. (AP) — When it was over, Tubby Smith was equal parts advocate and critic.

Such is the mindset of a coach.

"There are some things that we have learned and have to clean up," Smith said after his Texas Tech Red Raiders beat Houston 76-64 in the consolation game of the Progressive Legends Classic Tuesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

"We need to execute the basic fundamentals," Smith said. "We were trying to do too much and we tried to simplify things for our players. We just gave them two or three offenses we needed to run and I thought we executed them pretty well. I think we need to tweak some of the things we have in our arsenal."

Jaye Crockett and Toddrick Gotcher each scored 16 points to lead four players in double figure scoring. Robert Turner finished with 15 points and Jordan Tolbert added 14 for the Red Raiders (5-2).

"It gives us confidence ending with a win like this," Crockett said. "It was a good win and that was a good Houston team we played tonight. Knowing that we can beat a competitor like that gives us confidence going into the rest of the season."

TaShawn Thomas led Houston (5-2) with 18 points. L.J. Rose added had 11.

"I don't think we got in rhythm," Houston head coach James Dickey said. "Overall we went too much one-on-one. (We) have to execute better and share the basketball."

Houston finished the game shooting just 35.3 percent from the field, and only had 13 assists on 24 baskets.

"We settled for too many jump shots," Dickey said. "Our guards didn't shoot the ball very well at all."

Texas Tech never trailed, and led as much as 19. At the half, the Red Raiders enjoyed a 46-31 advantage. Their cause was aided by the Cougars' sloppiness with the ball. Houston committed seven turnovers in the first half that the Red Raiders turned into 12 points.

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