Texas Tech-Nebraska: Red Raiders Misfire Against Cornhuskers

Andrew GloverCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2009

During his first six and two thirds seasons with the Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-10, 1-5); one of Pat Knight’s duties was to hold back his father Bob Knight when he was infuriated with the referees. However, in Tech’s 82-69 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-7, 3-4) it seems that none of Pat Knight’s assistants has picked up that role.

With 9:49 left in the second half and the Red Raiders trailing 56-44, Alan Voskuil took a hard hit from a Cornhusker, knocking him to the floor. Nevertheless, Voskuil was called for the foul.

After a replay was shown and before the ball was inbounding, Pat Knight charged on to the court and went straight to the referee, yelling at him. The referee called Knight for a technical foul. Knight kept yelling leading to another technical, and was ejected from the game.

However, that did not stop Pat Knight as he continued yelling prompting assistant coach Stew Robinson to come out and hold Knight back after he was tossed. Knight kept yelling at the referee before exiting the court with the crowd applauding in support of their coach.

Assistant coach Bubba Jennings was talking with the referee, and Knight turned around and came back on the court and yelled some more before leaving for good.

Assistant coach Chris Beard and the other assistants coached the rest of the game.

Paul Velander shot four technical foul free throws, making two to give the Cornhuskers a 58-44 lead. The Cornhuskers would expand their lead to 17 with two Tech turnovers and two fouls by John Roberson.

For a while Knight’s fire at the refs rubbed off on the Red Raiders. Trailing 66-49 with 7:55 left, The Red Raiders went on a 16-4 run. Roberson hit two three-pointers, Singletary scored four points, Voskuil, Michael Prince and Rogdrick Craig contributed points.

The Cornhuskers would not allow the Red Raiders to get any closer as they ended the game on a 12-4 run with most of their points coming from Tech intentionally fouling to stop the clock.

The Cornhuskers snapped a three game losing streak and won their third straight against the Red Raiders.

Ade Dagunduro led the Cornhuskers in scoring with 20 points, and Cookie Miller scored 19 off the bench. Dagunduro and Balham led the team in rebounds with six each. Miller led the team in assist with five and in steals with five.

The Red Raiders lost their third straight game and five of their last six. The loss was also Tech’s third loss at home in their last four games. Knight falls to 5-12 in conference games.

Roberson led the team in scoring with 19 and Craig added 14 points coming off the bench. Craig’s point total was a career high beating his previous high of 11 in Tech’s 167-115 victory over East Central Oklahoma.

Robert Lewandowski led the team in rebounds with eight, Roberson led the team in assists with six and Prince led the team in steals with two.

The Cornhuskers started the first half strong, as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead and the Red Raiders didn’t score until Roberson hit a three-pointer with 15:44 left in the half.

The Red Raiders started the game shooting two-for-14 and falling behind 23-6 with 8:43 left in the half. Knight called a time out and chewed out his team wondering what was wrong with them.

Tech would go on a 20-6 run over the next minutes cutting Nebraska’s lead to 29-26 with 2:12 left in the first half. The Cornhuskers led 34-27 at halftime.

Nebraska will travel to Colorado and play the Buffaloes (9-11, 1-5) on Wednesday. The Red Raiders will travel to Stillwater and play the Oklahoma State Cowboys (13-7, 2-4) on Wednesday.