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.