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Shooting key in Baylor vs. Tech

Feb. 2, 2001


Sports writer

The men's basketball team has a chance for redemption when the Bears host Texas Tech University at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The Red Raiders defeated Baylor earlier this year in Lubbock, and the revenge factor might be enough to help the Bears end a four-game losing streak.

'The first time we didn't play our best, and maybe we took them a little lightly,' forward Greg Davis said. 'And since then we haven't played like we're capable.'

The simple key to a Baylor win is scoring, especially from the perimeter. On the recent slide, Baylor has shot just 36.3 percent from the field and just 16.8 percent from behind the three-point line.

Tech comes to Waco on a two-game losing skid of its own, giving the Red Raiders a record of 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor counters with a 13-5 overall mark and 2-5 league record.

Texas Tech gets balanced scoring from center Andy Ellis, forward Cliff Owens and guard Jamal Brown.

Ellis and Owens are the top two in points per game, rebounds per game and shooting percentage, while Brown leads the team in assists, steals and minutes played. The trio has started every game for Tech.

For the Bears, forward Terry Black and guard DeMarcus Minor lead the charge at 15.4 and 13.8 points per game, while Davis is coming off a career-high 18 points against the University of Oklahoma on Wednesday night. The bottom line, however, is Baylor needs to shake its shooting funk to win.

'As a shooter you need the mentality of 'forget your last shot,'' guard Chad Elsey said. 'We have to be confident. We owe them one.'