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Texas Tech opens Big 12 with 82-67 victory

Mar 10, 2010 - 7:48 PM By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo.(AP) -- John Roberson scored 19 points, Nick Okorie added 18 and Texas Tech overcame a sloppy start defensively to open the Big 12 tournament with an 82-67 victory over Colorado on Wednesday.

Texas Tech (17-14) has been plagued by shoddy defense since reaching No. 16 in the polls midway through the season and started off that way against Colorado. The ninth-seeded Red Raiders pulled it together during a big first-half run and held on to end a seven-game losing streak.

Texas Tech assured itself of a winning record to bolster its NIT chances and keep alive its slim NCAA hopes. The Red Raiders move on to face top-ranked Kansas in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Colorado (15-16) beat Texas Tech to end the regular season on a three-game winning streak but became uncharacteristically careless with the ball in the rematch, turning it over 19 times.






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  • BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
    AT KANSAS CITY, MO
    NCAA BB FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL
    --- --- -----
    TEXAS TECH 35 47 82
    COLORADO 31 36 67 FINAL

    HIGH SCORERS: TEXAS TECH - JOHN ROBERSON 19, NICK OKORIE 18,
    BRAD REESE 14
    COLORADO - ALEC BURKS 24, CORY HIGGINS 18, MARCUS
    RELPHORDE 10

    Mar 10 2:36 PM


  • BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
    AT KANSAS CITY, MO
    NCAA BB HALFTIME 1ST 2ND TOTAL
    --- --- -----
    TEXAS TECH 35 35
    COLORADO 31 31 HALFTIME
    HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
    TEXAS TECH - JOHN ROBERSON 12, BRAD REESE 8, TWO
    PLAYERS WITH 4
    COLORADO - ALEC BURKS 11, MARCUS RELPHORDE 10,
    CORY HIGGINS 7

    Mar 10 1:22 PM