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Knight wins in return to alma mater

1/4/2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Texas Tech's Red Raiders had plenty of
incentive to beat their coach's alma mater.

"Coach was happy to come back home like anybody would be, so we
wanted to come out today and play well to keep him in a good
mood," guard Ronald Ross said after Sunday's 80-72 victory over
Ohio State.

Andre Emmett had 27 points and Texas Tech, despite giving up 26
more shots from the field, beat Ohio State 80-72 in coach Bob
Knight's return to his alma mater.

"I've never really forgotten about all Ohio State has done for
me -- when I was here as a student and what it enabled me to do
after that," said Knight, Ohio State class of 1962. "I have felt
deep down more for Ohio State than any of the schools I've
coached."

Knight had not led a team into Columbus since the next-to-last
team of his 29 seasons at Indiana was beaten 73-56 five years ago --
his most lopsided loss ever against Ohio State. He had lost three
in a row against the Buckeyes.

Devonne Giles added 17 points, Ross had 15 points and seven
assists and Robert Tomaszek chipped in with 10 points for the Red
Raiders (12-2), who have beaten three Big Ten opponents in the last
13 days. They defeated Iowa 65-59 in a game in Dallas and pounded
Minnesota 90-73 on New Year's Day in Lubbock.

Emmett hit 10 of 19 shots from the field and 7 of 9 free throws
and added 11 rebounds.

"We had no answer for Emmett -- then again, a lot of teams
haven't had an answer for him," Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien said.
"Emmett is the best player we've played against and is maybe the
best player in the country."

Nick Dials, a freshman walk-on given a scholarship just before
the season started, led Ohio State (8-5) with 15 points. J.J.
Sullinger added 12 and Tony Stockman 10.

All three had horrible shooting days, combining to go 12 of 43
from the field.

Texas Tech came in holding opponents to 40.8 percent shooting
from the field and continually frustrated the Buckeyes as they
forced the ball inside to big men Velimir Radinovic, Terence Dials
and Shun Jenkins -- who frequently missed shots in close in heavy
traffic. The Buckeyes made just 32.9 percent of their shots as
their big men combined to hit 8 of 20 from the field.

"We got a lot of great looks but the story of the game was we
shot poorly," Radinovic said.

Ohio State was 26 of 79 from the field to the Red Raiders' 32 of
53 (60 percent).

"We had 13 turnovers and they had seven. They had 79 shots and
we had 53," Knight said. "If I saw that stat before the game I
would have gone back to Lubbock."

Tech outscored the Buckeyes 46-28 in the paint in spite of Ohio
State trying to go inside on almost every trip down the floor.

The Red Raiders took their first lead on Emmett's 14-foot jumper
at 18:01 of the second half, part of a 6-0 run. The Buckeyes missed
their first six shots of the half.

A 3-pointer by Nick Dials with 10 minutes left gave Ohio State a
52-47 lead but Tech countered with a 10-0 run. Ross started things
with a 3-pointer, Giles made two free throws and then a bucket and
Emmett scored the final three points -- hitting the front end of a
bonus situation and then following his miss on the second shot with
a putback that made it 57-52.

"Andre always is going to step up for us," Ross said. "He
does a lot of things for us other than scoring. We can always rely
on him."

The Buckeyes drew as close as 61-60 on Ugo Nwankwo's baseline
jumper with 4:33 left, but Tomaszek followed with a 15-footer, Ross
hit a layup off a backdoor pass from Tomaszek, Emmett scored on a
drive and Jarrius Jackson made a layup to make it 69-60 with 2
minutes left.

Ohio State never got closer than six points again.

"We found ourselves in a position to win but when we needed key
stops they got easy baskets," O'Brien said. "What is the game
about? It's about making shots and stopping the other guys from
making shots."