|Pat Knight gets first win as head coach as Texas Tech beats No. 18 Kansas State 84-75|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 14 February 2008 00:08|
Nine days after succeeding his father as coach at Texas Tech, Knight got his first career win, an 84-75 victory over No. 18 Kansas State on Wednesday night.
Bob Knight, who resigned suddenly to set the succession in progress, was among the first to see his son after the upset of the first-place team in the Big 12.
``He was waiting for me in the locker room,'' Pat Knight said. ``It feels good, believe me, to get the first one but that's only one. I'm still only 1-2. Now if I was 3-0, I'd think about retiring.''
Alan Voskuil made it possible for Knight to joke, He scored a career-high 30 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range and matched his career high with seven rebounds to lead the Red Raiders (13-10, 4-5).
``Man, it feels great,'' Voskuil said. ``I love Pat. He's the one who recruited me and so it just feels good to do something for him for once.''
s close as 70-66 with 5:34 left.
The Wildcats' full-court press cut into the deficit but couldn't make up for Voskuil's hot shooting.
``Like all good shooters, when you give him open looks they find the rim,'' Kansas State coach Frank Martin said. ``And once you let a good shooter find the rim, it's over. I don't care how hard you guard him after that, every time he lets it go it's going in.''
In other games involving ranked teams on Wednesday, it was: No. 1 Memphis 68, Houston 59; No. 2 Duke 77, Maryland 65; No. 4 Tennessee 93, Arkansas 71; No. 12 Xavier 62, Charlotte 60; No. 15 Wisconsin 68, No. 13 Indiana 66; Southern Illinois 65, No. 14 Drake 62; and No. 17 Connecticut 84, No. 20 Notre Dame 78.
Martin Zeno scored 16 points for Texas Tech and Mike Singletary and John Roberson both added 11.
Knight started his day with news that Zeno had the flu. The senior received fluids intravenously right until game time.
``I told him I'd give him a little bit of a break but I just couldn't do it,'' said Knight, who played him 37 minutes.
Lubbock's mayor proclaimed Wednesday ``Pat Knight Day'' in the city, an honor the Red Raiders coach said he didn't deserve, especially after losing his first two games, both on the road.
``I'm surprised, starting 0-2, I didn't get a dead end, dirt road named after me,'' he said.
No. 1 Memphis 68, Houston 59
the undefeated Tigers (24-0, 10-0), who have won 47 straight games on their home floor, 53 in a row in the regular season and 33 straight in Conference USA. Memphis rallied from its first halftime deficit - 37-35 - since Dec. 4.
Robert McKiver had 21 points for Houston (18-5, 7-2), which had won three straight. The Cougars dropped to 2-11 all-time against top-ranked teams. Their last win over a No. 1 team was Feb. 18, 1978, against Arkansas.
No. 2 Duke 77, Maryland 65
Freshman Kyle Singler scored a season-high 26 points for the Blue Devils (22-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew most of a 16-point lead but used an 11-2 run to win their 12th straight.
Greivis Vasquez had 25 points for the Terrapins (16-9, 6-4), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
No. 4 Tennessee 93, Arkansas 71
JaJuan Smith scored 32 points, including going a school-record 6-for-6 from 3-point range, for the Volunteers (22-2, 9-1 Southeastern Conference).
Sonny Weems had 20 points for the visiting Razorbacks (17-6, 6-3).
No. 12 Xavier 62, Charlotte 60
Josh Duncan scored 25 points, including the clinching 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, for the Musketeers (21-4, 9-1 Atlantic 10), who won their seventh straight.
Leemire Goldwire was 7-for-15 from 3-point range and had 31 points for the 49ers (14-9, 5-4). Goldwire scored with .7 seconds left, then stole the inbounds pass near midcourt, but his desperation shot for the win didn't hit iron.
No. 15 Wisconsin 68, No. 13 Indiana 66
Brian Butch banked in a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left, the last of Wisconsin's 11 3s, to give the visiting Badgers (20-4, 9-2) the lead. Jason Bohannon scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers, and Michael Flowers added 15, hitting three 3s, for Wisconsin.
Freshman Eric Gordon had 23 points for the Hoosiers (20-4, 9-2), who learned hours before tip-off that coach Kelvin Sampson was accused by the NCAA of committing five ``major'' rules violations.
Southern Illinois 65, No. 14 Drake 62
Randal Falker had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Salukis (13-12, 8-6), who snapped Drake's 21-game winning streak and kept the Bulldogs from clinching their first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title since 1971.
Leonard Houston's 3-pointer that could have sent the game into overtime bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Josh Young had 17 points for Drake (22-2, 13-1), which lost to Saint Mary's, Calif. on Nov. 11.
No. 17 Connecticut 84, No. 20 Notre Dame 78
A.J. Price had 26 points and nine assists for the Huskies (19-5, 8-3 Big East), who won their eighth straight by turning up the defense late in the game.
Luke Harangody had 32 points and 16 rebounds for the Irish (18-5, 8-3), who had a five-game winning streak snapped.