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Texas Tech 88, Northern Colorado 68

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech may have beaten Northern
Colorado by 20 points Tuesday night, but coach Bob Knight found one
big area where the Red Raiders were behind.

He wants his players to engage their brains.

"We're a little bit behind the pace of the game in our
thinking," Knight said.

Jarrius Jackson scored 24 points, half of those on 3-pointers,
to lead Tech to an 88-68 win over Northern Colorado.

Jackson hit 10-of-14 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the
arc for career highs in both points and 3-pointers. His previous
career high was 22 points in November in a 93-41 win over
Centenary. Jackson has hit three 3-pointers in a game three times,
most recently in a 72-58 win over Iowa State in March.

Bear coach Craig Rasmuson said Jackson's long shots were tough
to combat.

"The three's hurt us," he said. "It seemed every time I
turned around Jackson was making a three."

Knight also lamented mental mistakes by his players, including
some bad early passing.

"We had five terrible passes before the first television
timeout," he said.

Tech (8-3) opened the second half with a 10-0 run to lead 47-31.
Its largest lead, 63-40, came when Jackson hit a 3-pointer with
13:18 remaining in the game.

"We got off to a real good start in the second half and played
really well in the first seven or eight minutes," Knight said.

The Red Raiders had four players in double figures. Devonne
Giles scored 20 points, Martin Zeno had 15 and Ronald Ross added
14.

Drew Coffman became the first Tech player in nearly two years to
reach double digits in assists. He finished with 11. Kasib Powell
had 10 in March 2003.

Sean Taibi scored 18 points and Kirk Archibeque added 16 to lead
the Bears ( 3-13),

The Red Raiders led 37-31 at halftime.

The win gave Knight his 840th win, leaving him 40 shy of
breaking the record, 879 amassed by Dean Smith of North Carolina.
Knight, who is in his 39th season at the helm of Division I
programs, is the leading active coach.

Tech hosts No. 7 Oklahoma State on Saturday for each team's
opener.