Devonte' Graham, supported by too little help, tops ratings in home loss to Texas Tech
1 - Devonte’ Graham: Gave tremendous effort for 40 minutes, but didn’t have enough help at either end to pull off the victory. Scored 27 points on 6 of 13 shooting (2 of 8 from 3), dished six assists and turned it over five times.
2 - Marcus Garrett: Put himself in position to get six rebounds and two steals and was 3 of 3 from the field. His man can cheat off him to help out when he’s on the perimeter because he’s shooting .190 from 3-point range.
3 - Udoka Azubuike: Blocked just one shot and made just 3 of 7 free throws to go with 11 points and seven rebounds. Back still isn’t 100 percent.
4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Had some nice drives to the hoop and just as many out-of-control ones that contributed to putting him in foul trouble. Fouled out with 3:35 left after totaling 11 points, six rebounds, five turnovers and three steals. Is much more aggressive this season, which is a good thing, except when it’s a bad thing.
5 - Sam Cunliffe: Lowered his shoulder and drove to the hoop for a bucket that cut Texas Tech’s lead to eight points with two minutes and change left. Drove left and put back his miss for a bucket to cut deficit to seven with a minute and change left. He played and produced nine points and two offensive rebounds.
6 - Malik Newman: Played better late than early but still hasn’t shot particularly well (.350 from 3-point range) and sometimes seems too determined to get up a shot and at other times, not eager enough to drive to the hoop. Scored all nine of his points in 13 second-half minutes. Had no assists on the night and had two turnovers without a steal.
7 - Lagerald Vick: Two points, two rebounds and zero assists all were season lows. Made 1 of 9 shots and missed all six 3-pointers. Didn’t look like the same player.
8 - Mitch Lightfoot: Played eight scoreless minutes with one rebound, one assist and one blocked shot. Totals for past three games: 31 minutes, zero points, four rebounds, one assist, three turnovers, three blocked shots, two steals, six personal fouls. Paging Billy Preston, Billy Preston, paging Billy Preston. Please report to the team ASAP.
1 - Devonte' Graham (124)
2 - Lagerald Vick (115)
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (113)
4 - Udoka Azubuike (108)
5 - Malik Newman (83)
6 - Marcus Garrett (78)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (59)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (18)