Scores

Final

N. Colorado 68

(3-13, 0-10 away)

Texas Tech 88

(8-3, 7-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, January 4, 2005

    United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas

    1 2 T
    UNCO 31 3768
    TTU 37 5188

    Top Performers

    Northern Colorado: S. Taibi 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Texas Tech: J. Jackson 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UNCO
    TTU
    Points 68 88
    FG Made-Attempted 24-54 (.444) 38-64 (.594)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-22 (.409) 8-17 (.471)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-15 (.733) 4-5 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 10 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 23

    2004-05 Season

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