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Benson's commitment to Beard pays off

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas Tech redshirt sophomore Avery Benson wasn't always playing big roles in wins over No. 1 seeds like last Tuesday's 70-57 upset over Louisville. In fact, he waited two and a half years to have a prominent on-court role for the Red Raiders. Waiting for his opportunity hasn't been a problem.

 "It's always been part of the process," Benson said. "Coach Beard always told me since I got here to now that at some point I was going to help him win ball games and do what I do best."

Between lifting and practicing in the off-season, the walk-on would squeeze in some time to do odd jobs around Lubbock. Along with the extra cash, Benson says it's a big part of what he brings to the table. 

"Whether it would be mowing lawns or helping some dude with his roof I would always find a way to earn some quick money to be back to practice and ready to go," Benson said. 

His massive workload has paid off. He's seen a big increase in minutes (averaging about 20 minutes per game over his last four), and Beard says he has earned every second.

"Avery Benson in a lot of ways is the backbone of our culture," Chris Beard said. "This is his third year at Texas Tech and he has an Elite Eight ring, a Final Four ring and a Big 12 Championship ring and that's not by accident. He knows his role and he plays his role. He plays his role and he is tough. He's a Big 12 basketball player for a reason." 

"I would never leave Coach Beard's sight. We have a relationship that I wouldn't trade for any other coach in the nation. It was no question that I was never going to leave or go somewhere else. It's not that I bet on myself. I bet on coach Beard," Benson said.

Avery returns to the court Saturday for Tech's matchup with UTRGV.  

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