Texas Tech 90, Minnesota 73
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)—Jarrius Jackson scored 20 points as Texas Tech defeated Minnesota 90-73 on Thursday.
Texas Tech (11-2) shot the ball well, especially in the second half when the Red Raiders scored on 12-of-13 possessions. The Red Raiders finished at 58 percent from the field, hitting on 34-of-60, and had five players in double figures.
Andre Emmett scored 17 points. Darryl Dora had 15, Robert Tomaszek added 11 and Ronald Ross had 10.
After trailing by 12 at halftime, the Golden Gophers (6-4) cut the margin to seven in the opening minutes of the second half but Tech answered with a 10-2 run to go up 56-41 with 14:58 remaining. Minnesota never threatened again.
Tech built its largest lead at 90-68 on an layup by Curtis Marshall with 50 seconds left in the game.
Kris Humphries scored 21 points and Ben Johnson added 11 for the Gophers.
Tech led 42-30 at halftime. The Red Raiders used a 15-4 run to go up 29-12 with 8:29 remaining in the half. In a 10-minute span the Gophers turned the ball over nine times and scored only two field goals.
Tech coach Bob Knight, who in recent weeks has chastised fans for low attendance at home games, took the microphone after the game to thank the crowd.
“We really appreciate the turnout we had on a holiday, said Knight, alluding to the 10,524 who came through the turnstiles Thursday. “Thanks very much.”
It was the largest crowd of the season by about 2,100.
He went on to tell the crowd that students won’t be back for classes when Tech opens its Big 12 season against Oklahoma State on Jan. 10.
“So make damn sure you ‘re there then too,” he said.
A few moments later, Knight returned to the microphone and told the remaining fans that he was trying to work on his language. “So just make sure you’re here,” he said.
In an recent interview Knight did on ESPN with Iowa coach Steve Alford, one of his former players in Indiana, some of Knight’s language had to be bleeped out. He subsequently apologized.