The last time a Texas Tech men’s basketball head coach won
their first conference game in their first season at the helm of the program,
Franklin D. Roosevelt was President of the United States.
On Saturday, interim head coach Chris Walker broke that streak
becoming the first coach since Dell Morgan in 1933 to win his first conference
game as the Red Raiders (8-4, 1-0 in Big 12 Conference play) defeated the
Horned Frogs (9-5, 0-1) in Fort Worth, 62-53.
The victory marks the first time Tech has opened Big 12 play
with a win since the 2006-2007 season and also snaps a six-game Big 12 losing
streak and 11-game Big 12 road losing streak.
Junior Jaye Crockett, reigning Big 12 Player of the Week,
led Tech in scoring going 5-for-8 from the field for 13 points.
After scoring 27 points against the Horned Frogs last
season, sophomore Jordan Tolbert registered another good night scoring 11
points and grabbing nine rebounds.
DeVonta Abron was the only Horned Frog to finish in
double-digits scoring 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field.
Tech returns back home for its Big 12 home opener as the Red
Raiders host the Baylor Bears on Tuesday, first tip set for 6 p.m.