LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Bob Knight wondered where all the "fuss"
was Saturday after Texas Tech beat Oklahoma 68-54 in the Big 12
opener for both teams.
Knight picked up victory No. 881 five days after he became the
winningest Division I men's coach.
"We broke it again today," Knight deadpanned. "I haven't seen
any fuss about it today. It was just like another game today to
Martin Zeno scored 17 points for Tech, which trailed briefly
early but slowly took control. The Red Raiders went up by 21 points
four times, the last when Alan Voskuil hit a jumper from just
inside the 3-point line with about three minutes remaining.
Oklahoma hit only 20-of-57 from the field, or 35.1 percent, a
season low. It was also the second lowest point total this season
for the Sooners. Their previous low (51 points) came against
Villanova in early December.
Plefka got all his points in less than 14 minutes.
Knight called Plefka's performance "the singularly interesting
"He started out this season well and then had a real dry spell
where he didn't play well, a little bit like last year and he
hasn't played a lot this year," Knight said.
The only area in which the Sooners topped Tech was in rebounds.
OU had 44 to Tech's 32. Oklahoma also got hit with two intentional
fouls, one that sent Esmir Rizvic to the locker room with an injury
to his face a few minutes after Longar Longar hit him with an elbow
at OU's end of the court away from the basket.
Rizvic suffered a fractured eye socket and it's not certain what
that will mean in coming games, Knight said. Injuries can happen
but not "on a play that isn't even part of basketball," he said.
"I'm not sure that (Longar) should be able to play anymore,"
Knight said. "Swinging your arms like that with elbows out the
height of some kid's head, that's not good."
Sooner coach Jeff Capel said the two intentionals "hurt us."
The one against Longar came when it was 33-27.
"They hit the two free throws and came back with the ball and
scored," Capel said. "That kind of opened the flood gates for
The Sooners ended the first half much hotter than they started,
hitting four of their last seven shots to pull within 26-23. At one
point Oklahoma was 3-of-16 from the field. Despite missing several
easy shots under the basket, OU kept it close by getting 13
second-chance points off 28 offensive rebounds.
Tech also had trouble shooting. The Red Raiders first points
from the field didn't come until nearly six minutes into the first