Texas Tech Defeats Carlton, 67-60; Jordan Jackson Makes Sports Center Top 10

Texas Tech defeated Carlton, but the highlight was a Jordan Jackson dunk.

Texas Tech Takes Care of Business, Defeats Carlton 67-60. Texas Tech defeated Carlton, 67-60 last night, who won the national championship 10 times since 2002 (box score). Texas Tech was led by Keenan Evans, a pretty nice statement game for Evans, who had 16 points, 2 assists, no turnovers, and 2 rebounds to go along with 3 steals. Head coach Tubby Smith was pleased with the win:

“I thought we did some good things especially during the second half,” head coach Tubby Smith said. “We had some athletic plays, and I thought Keenan played very well. I was impressed with Carleton and how hard they played. It was a great test for us, and our kids learned a lot about themselves. I was happy and pleased with our play.”

Highlights are from KAMC’s Brian Holland:

The story from the game Jordan Jackson’s dunk, which made #6 in Sports Center’s Top 10:

I didn’t get to watch the game as my video feed was spotty and skipped a ton, but here are soem highlights from the box score:

  • It’s been a while since Evans really had a big game, and going 7 of 10 from the field. If Evans can be a consistent scorer, along with some of the other sophomores, then this could be a really dangerous team. It’s been a long time since the point guard has been a guy that a really good scorer.
  • Aside from the dunk, Jackson scored 12 points on 4 of 5 from the field, including a 3-pointer. Smith was on the radio earlier this week and said that Jackson has tremendous athleticism, but needs to work on his shot. If he can get that down, then look out.
  • Norense Odiase had 6 points and 10 boards.
  • Aaron Ross didn’t score, but it is still nice to see Ross grab 5 rebounds off the bench in just 15 or so minutes.
  • Free throws were still pretty terrible, making only 8 of 14, but that’s not a ton of free throws.
  • Texas Tech was down in the game early, but Texas Tech battled back and shot 55% from the field in the second half, while Texas Tech held Carlton to 40% for the game.

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