SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) -- Armondo Surratt is slowly rounding
into form after sitting out last year as a transfer from Miami. His
San Francisco teammates are following his example.
The Dons' diminutive point guard recorded the first
double-double of his career Saturday night, scoring 13 points and
dishing out a season-high 11 assists to lead San Francisco to a
90-72 win over Texas Tech and coach Bobby Knight on Saturday night.
"It's coming back," said Surratt after helping the Dons snap a
three-game losing streak. "It was hard sitting out. Nobody likes
sitting out. I just did what I had to do."
Jerome Gumbs scored a career-high 31 points and Alan Wiggins
added 20 points and six rebounds for San Francisco (2-4), which
placed four players in double figures.
Dior Lowhorn scored 20 points and had four rebounds to lead
Texas Tech (5-3), which saw its three-game winning streak end. All
three of the Red Raiders' losses this season have come on the road.
The two teams met last year in Lubbock, Texas, with the Red
Raiders winning in a blowout, 97-53. Dons' coach Jessie Evans was
ejected early in the second half of that game but was on hand for
the entire game Saturday and saw his San Francisco team put
together its highest-point total of the season against a Texas Tech
team that trailed for all but two minutes of the game.
"Since they beat us last year I've always had that in the back
of my mind, regardless if we were winning or losing," Gumbs said.
"I felt that we owed Texas Tech at least, not just a win, but our
best game, our best energy, our best competition. I felt really
embarrassed after we lost on TV over there."
The Dons, who were coming off their worst shooting performance
of the season in an overtime loss to Pacific four nights earlier,
shot 54.2 percent from the floor against the Red Raiders and made
"It was a good win for us," Evans said. "When you play hard
and play smart, you're rewarded. The last three games we didn't
play with the effort that was needed. We got that addressed."
Gumbs scored 17 points in the first half when San Francisco took
a nine-point lead. The Dons' senior forward hit five of his first
six shots from the floor and finished the game 12-for-19 from the
San Francisco led 65-58 with nine minutes left to play in the
second half when the Dons went on a 15-2 run to take control for
good. Gumbs started the run with a 3-pointer off an assist by
Surratt, then following a 3 and a dunk by Wiggins, the duo teamed
up again. This time Surratt fed Gumbs cutting through the key for a
layup that gave San Francisco its largest lead of the game at
"When our shooters get warm, it's on," said Surratt, who
injured his elbow early in the second half but stayed in the game.
"We just had to run our offense, swing the ball and get everybody
San Francisco began the second half with a 7-2 run to open a
14-point lead on Texas Tech, which struggled shooting from 3-point
range. The Red Raiders missed nine of their first 13 3's and
trailed 49-35 with 17:54 left to play.
Texas Tech cut the deficit in half two minutes later then pulled
within 53-49 on a short jumpshot by Dior Lowhorn with 14:09
The Red Raiders couldn't sustain the momentum, though, and
Gumbs' 3-pointer with 8:23 began San Francisco's game-clinching
"The difference in this game tonight was really apparent to
us," said Knight, who was denied in his bid for career win No.
860. "USF came to win a basketball game and we came to play a
basketball game. That was a huge difference."
Playing before its largest home crowd of the season -- in large
part due to the presence of Knight -- San Francisco opened the game
with a 15-6 run against the Red Raiders. Dominic Ingerson and Gumbs
combined for three 3-pointers and Surratt dished out five assists
in the first six minutes to ignite the Dons' early run.
San Francisco, which shot just 28.6 percent from the floor in a
75-71 overtime loss to Pacific on Monday, was 16-for-30 from the
field in the first half against Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders trailed most of the first half but closed within
29-27 on a pair of free throws by Dazzmon Thornton with 5:53 left.
Texas Tech went cold from there, missing four of its next six shots
which allowed the Dons to take a 42-33 halftime lead.