Roberson's Free Throws Seal Victory for Red Raiders

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Jan. 1, 2008

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- John Roberson hit two free throws with 22 seconds remaining to give Texas Tech a 79-77 victory over Lamar Tuesday night, pulling Bob Knight within two wins of 900.

Lamar tied it at 77 with 1:20 left when Darren Hopkins stole the ball from Texas Tech and went the length of the court for a layup. Charlie Burgess then missed a layin with about 41 seconds remaining and Lamar got the rebound before calling a timeout.

Texas Tech got the ball back on a steal by Esmir Rizvic. Roberson, who finished with 21 points, was tripped as he brought the ball up the court. He sank both free throws.

Lamar's Chad McThay missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining and Roberson got the rebound to give Texas Tech (8-5) the win.

Martin Zeno scored 28 points and Alan Voskuil added 16 to lead the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech never trailed and had a chance in the second half to put the game away but Lamar (5 -7) wouldn't cooperate.

Lamar stole the ball 10 times and got 15 points off 16 Red Raiders' turnovers.

Texas Tech led by 11 with about 12 minutes left but the Cardinals scratched to within 61-58 four minutes later, scoring eight straight points.

Roberson, a freshman, was 7-of-8 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range.

Lamar Sanders scored 13 points for the Cardinals, while Kenny Dawkins, Matthew Barrow and Lawrence Nwevo each added 11 points.

On this date last year Knight garnered win No. 880 in front of a sellout crowd, moving him to the top of the career-win list for Division I. He surpassed former North Carolina coach Dean Smith.

Tuesday night's win brought Knight win No. 898.

Texas Tech led the entire first half but the Red Raiders' 11 turnovers allowed Lamar to stay close. Texas Tech was up 16-6 before the Cardinals scored seven unanswered points. Near the end of the half, Lamar drew within 34-33 on a shot inside by Nwevo.

But Texas Tech's Zeno hit two buckets and two free throws, and Voskuil added a 3 to put the Red Raiders up 41-33. Barrow, though, hit a 3-pointer from about 21 feet at the buzzer to whittle Texas Tech's lead to 41-36.




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