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Zeno drops 25 points as Texas Tech holds off UTEP

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- After 899 wins, Bob Knight is as feisty as
ever.

With about 7½ minutes remaining in the first half of Texas
Tech's 75-68 win over UTEP on Saturday, Knight lost his right shoe
when he kicked the front of the scorer's table.

The coach was upset about a charging call against Esmir Rizvic.
Shortly after replacing his shoe, he strode the length of table
during a timeout and apparently told a Big 12 and NCAA official
seated there to keep an eye on the officiating.

Less than a minute later, he got a technical for arguing with
officials about a call on Charlie Burgess on Randy Culpepper's
breakaway attempt.

While Stefon Jackson and Culpepper made free throws, Knight
continued to stand and talk to the referee as his son, head coach
designate Pat Knight, tried to encourage his father to return to
the bench.

After the game, Knight used a more playful approach with another
of his longtime nemeses, the media.

Knight lifted 21-month-old grandson Will Knight up onto the
table and faced the standing toddler toward the media following the
Red Raiders 75-68 win over UTEP.

"You see, they ask a question and you don't answer it, and they
ask another and you don't answer it, either," Knight said at the
end of his postgame comments. "You're going to be a good coach.
Yes, sir."

Knight's first shot at No. 900 comes next Saturday at Oklahoma
State in each team's Big 12 opener. Knight said his players aren't
even counting.

"Those players don't even know that," Knight said.

Earlier this season, Knight received a public reprimand from the
Big 12 earlier this season for criticizing officials in an 80-63
loss at New Mexico on Dec. 15.

Martin Zeno scored 25 points for the Red Raiders, and Alan
Voskuil got hot late in the game.

He scored 11 of 13 Tech points within a four-minute span to put
Tech up for good. He finished with 13 points and John Roberson
added 16.

Marvin Kilgore scored 22 points and Culpepper and Tavaris Wattes
added 10 points each to lead the Miners (9-4).

Jackson, UTEP's leading scorer coming into the game with a 24.8
points-per-game average, fouled out with less than 3 minutes
remaining in the game. Tech (9-5) held him to just nine points.

"That's by far the best that we've hung in and played so far
this year," Knight said. "The other side of that coin is that if
you can do it against a very good team, which I think UTEP is, then
you got to be able to do it all the time. And that's what we have
to find."

The Miners used a 10-2 run to start the second half to go up
47-40. They didn't do it on their own, though. Tech (9-5) played
sloppily in the first four minutes, allowing UTEP to steal the ball
three times, while Tech traveled twice and missed on two other
possessions.

But the Red Raiders settled down and pulled within 52-50 on a
jumper by John Roberson as the shot clock expired with about 11
minutes remaining.