LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Bob Knight wasn't happy with Texas Tech's
defense, but he wasn't the one chastising players at halftime of
Saturday's 83-62 win over Oklahoma State.
It was his son Pat Knight, a Tech assistant coach.
"I came around the corner ... and I could hear Pat screaming at
the team about playing defense," Bob Knight said. "He even said
one or two things I've never heard before. He really turned the
whole attitude defensively around before I got in the locker room.
"He had a great line. He said, 'I think you're at a stage where
you can't do that like you used to so I took care of it today for
Knight was most perturbed with the defense of Andre Emmett, who
scored 19 of his season-high 32 points in the second half.
"Emmett was very bad on defense in the first half, but I don't
remember either Pat or I making one comment about his defense in
the second half," Knight said. "This kid has matured a lot and
he's working on maturing a lot."
Tech (13-2) broke the game open with an 11-0 run midway through
the second half, during which Emmett scored six points and had two
steals in a 25-second span.
He was fouled after a layup, then missed the free throw but
stole the ball and scored. On the next possession for OSU (10-2),
Emmett stole the ball again and scored on a layup for a 53-41 lead.
Emmett, whose career high is 35 points, was 12-of-21 from the
field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Emmett acknowledged his head wasn't in the first half. Asked
what Pat Knight had said at halftime, Emmett said, "He's Coach
Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton said his players lost their
aggressiveness against Emmett in the second half.
"What we meant to do is keep him from getting his points in the
paint because he's so clever in there," Sutton said. "I thought
we did a good job early, but after he got started, we let him get
in there and whoever was covering him didn't get any help."
Tech pulled to its largest lead at 81-57 on Ronald Ross' layup
with 1:46 remaining.
The Cowboys led the country in field goal percentage at 55
percent heading into the game. But Tech held them to 23-of-65 for
Sutton attributed some poor shooting to Tech's defense.
"They're more active defensively and they're quicker on the
perimeter," he said. "They don't give you anything easy. Today we
also missed a lot of shots that we normally have been making, but
their defense had something to do with that."
Tech hit on 28-of-53 for 53 percent.
The Cowboys also had been averaging 83 points before the loss,
which snapped a six-game win streak for them.
Tech has won nine straight.
Ross scored 18 points and Tomaszek added nine for Tech.
Tech led 39-35 at halftime. The Red Raiders used a 9-0 run to
take a 17-13 lead.
The Cowboys went cold and got only one field goal in about six
minutes but Bobik broke the drought with back-to-back 3-pointers to
give OSU the lead back at 23-21 with 8:18 remaining in the half.
Tech closed the half with a 15-4 run, with nine points coming
from the free throw line.