Pat Knight's Debut Spoiled by Baylor, 80-74
Feb. 6, 2008
WACO, Texas (AP) - When Pat Knight walked onto the court for his Texas Tech head coaching debut Wednesday night, a Baylor student yelled "Where's Your Daddy?" That became a common chant throughout the game.
With Bob Knight at home after his sudden resignation this week, his 37-year-old son is now in charge - and still 902 wins shy of the elder Knight's NCAA record in men's Division I after an 80-74 loss to the Bears.
Curtis Jerrells had 16 points, including a 3-pointer followed by an inside bucket that stretched the lead to double digits early in the second half. The Bears (17-4, 5-2 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak that had knocked them out of the Top 25 after they were in the national rankings for the first time since 1969.
LaceDarius Dunn and Josh Loomers added 14 points each for Baylor. Kevin Rogers had 10.
After building an early nine-point lead, Tech made just one of 11 field goals over the final 11 minutes before halftime. They went more than 8 minutes without a basket, and still trailed only 34-32 at the break.
Then came the even more miserable stretch for the Red Raiders just after halftime, and they couldn't recover from that one - even though they overcame a 14-point deficit to three in the final minute.
Tech had consecutive turnovers and a foul less than 2 minutes into the second half, prompting Knight to call timeout. After the coach sat back down, staring at the ground and rubbing his temples with both hands, the Red Raiders had two more turnovers in span of about 30 seconds.
After Jerrells hit a 3-pointer, Knight stood with his hands on his hips when Tech leading scorer Martin Zeno committed his fourth foul on a charging foul with more than 16 minutes left. Jerrells then scored on the other end to put Baylor up 47-37.
Another timeout didn't help the Red Raiders. Right after play resumed, Kevin Rogers stole a pass and turned that into a breakaway slam and a 49-37 lead. Jerrells turned a later turnover into a breakaway layup and free that.
During parts of the game, Knight took notes in a small pad he held in his right hand. He alternated between sitting in his seat and pacing the sideline.
Texas Tech tabbed Knight as the coach designate before the 2005-06 season, but it seemed the wait would be longer when in September his father signed a three-year extension through the 2011-12 season. Now Pat Knight has a five-year deal as coach.
Knight, who was admittedly nervous before his first game, got an early start in establishing himself as head coach. He has at least 10 more games left this season. The Red Raiders play at Nebraska on Saturday before he makes his home debut next Wednesday against No. 20 Kansas State.