LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Bob Knight didn't want to talk about
Ronald Ross, the leading scorer in Texas Tech's 83-67
victory over Baylor on Wednesday night.
He wanted to talk about Curtis Marshall, who the coach said has
been "Curtis inabsentia" for the past few games.
Marshall finished with 16 points; Ross had 25.
"There are a lot of things that go on out there other than
getting some baskets," Knight said. "That's the difference
between coaches and writers. You want to talk about someone who
scores a lot of points, and I want to talk about someone who made a
great all-around contribution."
Knight said Marshall, who had three rebounds and four assists,
"battled on the boards and did a pretty good job of getting the
ball to people."
Ross was 8-for-10 from the field, including 4-for-5 from 3-point
range and also went 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Texas Tech (15-5, 7-2 Big 12) led most of the way but Baylor
used an 8-2 run early in the second half to go up 39-38. Tech (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today; No. 25 AP) came
back with a 15-0 run to virtually put the game out of reach for the
Bears (9-11, 1-8).
After nearly 6 minutes without scoring, Patrick Fields of Baylor
hit two free throws and a 3-pointer to whittle the deficit to
Tech's lead dwindled to 69-60 on a free throw by Fields with
"We made some good runs, and they did a good job of answering
our runs," Baylor coach Scott Drew said.
He lauded Ross' talent.
"If there's a player playing better in conference than him, I
sure haven't seen it," he said.
Fields scored 18 points and Tim Bush added 17 for the Bears, who
hit three straight 3-pointers to open the game and finished 9-of-22
from beyond the arc.
Texas Tech was no less prolific on 3-pointers, going 8-of-11,
their best performance of the season from that range.
"There isn't any question when you hit some 3s it helps you, no
matter how much I dislike the shot," Knight said.
Devonne Giles scored 14 points for the Red Raiders, while Darryl
Dora added 12.
Marshall said he, Giles and Dora scoring takes pressure off
"We have to step up and hit shots, and tonight we did that,"
he said. And lately, "I hadn't been looking for my shots like I
should have been."
Baylor freshman Aaron Bruce, who came in averaging 17.6 points,
had 10 of his 12 points in the second half. He was 5-of-16 from the
"That's the most pressure I've felt in any game this season,"
Bruce said of Texas Tech's defense. "I couldn't take a step
without Ross being right beside me."