Monday , Jan , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Happy New Year: Knight becomes winningest coach

Lubbock, TX (Sports Network) – Texas Tech head coach Bob Knight became the
winningest coach in Division I basketball history with 880 victories, as his
Red Raiders held on for a 70-68 win over New Mexico at United Spirit Arena.

Jarrius Jackson scored 22 points and hit the go-ahead three-pointer with just
over two minutes to play for Texas Tech, which had to survive the frantic
final moments when New Mexico’s J.R. Giddens had a desperation three-pointer
bounce off the back of the rim.

Jackson finished 5-of-8 from three-point range for the Red Raiders (11-4), who
bounced back from a loss to UNLV last Thursday in Knight’s first chance at the
record. Knight surpassed legendary North Carolina head coach Dean Smith to set
the new mark.

In a coaching career that began at West Point and saw its share of tremendous
highs and lows at Indiana — where Knight won three national championships —
and has continued at Texas Tech, the Hall of Famer has an overall record of

Martin Zeno also scored 22 points and led the Red Raiders with 11 rebounds.
Charlie Burgess chipped in 13 points in the victory.

Tony Dandridge scored 17 points for New Mexico (11-4), while Giddens finished
with 14 and Jeffrey Henfield added 12.

The Lobos battled back from a 20-point deficit in the first half and finally
took their first lead of the game at 56-55 with just over 10 minutes to play
when Henfield hit a three-pointer.

It remained tight from there.

Dandridge put New Mexico ahead 68-67 with 2:49 to play, but Jackson got free
along the left wing on Tech’s next possession and drilled a three-pointer to
put the Red Raiders in front.

The Lobos had two chances to move in front over the next minute, but Dandridge
missed a jumper and Giddens misfired on a three-pointer. After the Red Raiders
failed to convert with under 10 seconds to play, the Lobos quickly moved the
ball up the floor and Giddens’ shot from about 25 feet hit the iron.

“I probably think this has been a burden on the players,” Knight told the
crowd after the game as the university held a small celebration. “They played
so well in the first half today, but I think the true measure of these kids is
coming back in the last two minutes to do what they had to do to win this

The Red Raiders took control early, as Burgess scored the first four points of
the game. A three-pointer by Jackson just under five minutes into the contest
gave Tech a 13-4 edge.

Jackson hit another shot from beyond the arc with just under seven minutes to
play in the first half to give the Red Raiders a 20-point cushion at 33-13,
but New Mexico pulled as close as 11 before heading into the break down 43-30.