LUBBOCK, Tex. (AP) (Nov. 23, 2003) -- Red Raider guard Andre Emmett scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Texas Tech past ETSU 64-53 Sunday night.
The Red Raiders (3-0) led throughout the game, but staved off a late first-half surge by the Buccaneers (1-1).
Down by five at the break, ETSU didn't get its first field goal of the second half until Buccaneer sophomore forward Brad Nuckles (Council, Va.) put back a rebound with 14:42 remaining to pull within 39-30.
Texas Tech's largest lead was 49-32 and came with 11:13 remaining in the game when Emmett, who finished 10-of-16 from the field, hit an 8-foot jumper from inside the lane. In the final three minutes of the game, the Buccaneers twice cut the margin to nine but could get no closer.
Joseph Works and Ronald Ross scored 10 points each for Tech.
ETSU sophomore guard Tim Smith (Newport News, Va.) had Buccaneer team-highs with 14 points and three assists. Junior guard James Anthony (Brandon, Fla.) added 13 points and was 2-3 from behing the arc. Senior forward Zakee Wadood (Lonoke, Ark.) scored 10 points and added a team-high eight rebounds. Wadood also had a game-high six blocked shots and a team-high four steals.
Texas Tech led 31-26 at halftime. The Red Raiders jumped out to 13-point lead twice in the first half, and at the 7:49 mark, Emmett had 10 points, one less than the entire Buccaneers team.
The Red Raiders got up 20-7 but the Buccaneers closed the half using a 10-3 run to cut the margin to five on a follow shot by Nuckles.
ETSU returns to actio Tuesday night for their home opener against Mars Hill. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from Memorial Center in Johnson City, Tenn.