Texas Tech-Baylor: Third Time Not the Charm for Pat Knight, Red Raiders

Andrew GloverCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2009

The last time Pat Knight visited the Ferrell Center, he was coaching his first game after his dad, Bob, resigned. Baylor won, 80-74.

The Bears came to Tech in the last regular season game and won again 86-73.

The third time the Texas Tech Red Raiders played Baylor under Knight, the result was not different as the Bears won 73-61.

No. 23 Baylor (13-2, 1-0) have won eight of their last ten games and entered Big XII play ranked for the first time since the beginning of the conference.

The Bears shot 47 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point territory and 57 percent from the free throw line.

LaceDarius Dunn led the Bears in scoring with 20, Kevin Rogers had 14 and Curtis Jerrells added 13. Rogers led the team in rebounds with 14; Tweety Carter led the team in assists with five and led in steals with four.

The Red Raiders (10-6, 0-1) have lost their second straight game and three of the last four. The loss was also the team’s third consecutive loss to Baylor and five of their last six. Tech’s struggles on the road continued as they have lost their last five. The Red Raiders’ last road win was February 20 against Colorado.

Tech shot 42 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point territory and 60 percent from the free throw line.

Alan Voskuil led the Red Raiders in scoring with 14 points, Nick Okorie had 13, and both D’walyn Roberts and Robert Lewandowski had 10.

Michael Prince, Roberts and Okorie led the team in rebounds with each of them getting six. John Roberson led the team in assists with seven.

The Red Raiders got off to a fast start scoring the game’s first seven points in the opening two minutes. However, over the next three-and-a half minutes, the Red Raiders would turn the ball over three times and only get two shots off.

The Bears went on a 9-2 run to close Tech’s lead to one. Jerrells made a layup and a three-pointer during the run. Henry Dugat had a jumper and a steal to start the run.

Tech would get their lead back to five, with Roberts and Okorie hitting jumpers. However, the Bears would take control of the half from that point.

Over the next six minutes, the Bears went on a 14-1 run and took a 23-15 lead. The Red Raiders were held scoreless for almost five and a half minutes, missing two shots and turning the ball over six times.

Dunn hit two three-pointers, and Carter hit one during the run. The Red Raiders were able to cut the lead in half by halftime, with the Bears leading 33-29.

In the second half, the Red Raiders opened with an 11-6 run, to gain a 40-39 lead with 14:50 left in the game. Lewandowski had six points and Okorie scored five points during the run that gave Tech their first lead since the first half.

The two teams went back and forth over the next three minutes before Dunn sparked another Baylor run. Dunn hit three, three-pointers and scored 11 points to lead the Bears on a 13-1 run that gave them a 55-45 lead with 8:54 left.

The Red Raiders will host the No. 7 Texas Longhorns (12-3, 1-0) on Saturday and the Bears will visit the Texas A&M Aggies (14-1, 0-0) on Wednesday.