Texas Tech Tops TCU on Road, 70-60|
Nov. 29, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -Charlie Burgess scored 20 points, with one of his six 3-pointers starting Texas Tech's tiebreaking run in the second half, and the Red Raiders beat TCU 70-60 Wednesday night for coach Bob Knight's 875th career victory.
Knight is only four victories shy of matching Dean Smith's NCAA Division I record. The next victory for the Red Raiders (6-2) will tie Knight for No. 2 on the career list with Adolph Rupp.
"If it hadn't been for people asking me, I honestly wouldn't know what it was," Knight said. "That doesn't affect me one way or the other. All that means is I've coached a long time and had a lot of good players."
The latest victory certainly won't be one of Knight's favorites after watching TCU (4-2) overcome a 14-point deficit with a 20-6 run to start the second half.
TCU got even at 44-all with 10:40 left on a 3-pointer by Brent Hackett, who had started the second-half surge with another 3-pointer. But the Horned Frogs weren't able to go ahead.
Burgess then hit a 3-pointer and Zeno scored the next five points to stretch Texas Tech's lead to 52-44. Burgess made 6-of-7 3-pointers.
Zeno had 19 points and eight rebounds. Jarrius Jackson finished with 16 points despite struggling most of the night, playing on the same day that his grandfather died.
"He had a tough time. I'm sure that was on his mind," Knight said of Jackson. "I think it's just a big thing that he was here to play."
When the Frogs got within 60-56 with 2:15 left, Zeno penetrated before passing the ball out to Jackson for a 3-pointer. Jackson then scored again on Tech's next possession.
Neiman Owens led TCU with 11 points and Kevin Langford had 10.
Jackson was only 1-of-5 shooting in the first half, making only a 3-pointer. He missed his only two free throws, after missing just three of his 46 attempts before that.
Despite Jackson's early struggles, the Red Raiders led 38-24 at the break.
Zeno and Burgess combined for 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the first half. Burgess made a short jumper about five minutes into the game that put the Red Raiders up 7-6, and they never trailed again.