Red Raiders Prove Too Much for Gents
Saturday, December 9, 2006


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CC-Texas Tech Box Score 12-9-06


Tyrone Hamilton

LUBBOCK, Texas—Texas Tech shot 62.5 percent from the field and forced Centenary into committing 25 turnovers in a 98-64 victory on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Bobby Knight picked up his 877th career victory to claim sole possession of second place on the all-time NCAA wins list ahead of Adolph Rupp.

 

Centenary (4-5) struggled offensively to open the game and Texas Tech took full advantage racing out to a 23-4 lead over the first eight minutes. The deficit was lengthened to 27 points with 28 seconds remaining in the half at 51-24 before the Gents scored six unanswered points capped by a three-pointer from Tyrone Hamilton to move back within 21 points at the break.

 

Texas Tech (8-3) shot an astounding 72.4 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes making good on 21-of-29 attempts. Both teams shot 54 percent in the second half, but Centenary turned the ball over 11 more times than the Red Raiders (25-14) and was outrebounded 32-22 on the game.

 

Hamilton led the Gents with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-3 from long distance and a 4-of-4 effort from the free throw line. He has now made 20 consecutive free throws and is averaging 20.2 points over his last four games.

 

Alexander Starr was the only other Centenary player to reach double figures as he finished with 13 points. Larry Logan, the Gents leading scorer on the season coming into the contest, played only five minutes after suffering an injury on Friday.

 

Jarrius Jackson pumped in 25 points in 24 minutes of action to lead Texas Tech. Charlie Burgess added 20 points, Martin Zeno contributed 11 points and seven assists, and Alan Voskuil tossed in 10 points off the bench for the Red Raiders.

 

The Gents will take a week off for final exams before hosting the SMU Mustangs in the Gold Dome on Saturday at 3 p.m. Centenary will look to keep its undefeated record at home in tact after winning its first three match-ups on campus.