Stanford 70, Texas Tech 59
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Bob Knight received a career achievement award and got a chance to see old friend Pete Newell during Texas Tech’s trip to the Bay Area.
The Hall of Fame coach didn’t leave with his 876th career victory, thanks to Stanford’s big men—and a whole bunch of Texas Tech problems that Knight hasn’t fixed yet.
Lawrence Hill scored 19 points in the Cardinal’s 70-59 victory Sunday in the opening game of the Pete Newell Challenge, preventing Knight from tying Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp for second place in NCAA Division I coaching history.
Knight’s Red Raiders (6-3) couldn’t catch up to the Cardinal, who held a steady second-half lead. Stanford remained unbeaten in nine appearances in the annual doubleheader honoring Newell, another Hall of Fame coach and former NCAA champion.
And Knight discovered he’s got plenty of work to do before truly enjoying any career achievements.
“Stanford started off really well,” Knight said. “Looked like two really mismatched teams. Maybe it was. We made a lot of mistakes. We just make mistakes, and it cost us a lot in this game.”
Freshman Brook Lopez scored 18 points in his second collegiate game and Anthony Goods added 11 as Stanford (6-1) won its fourth straight with a solid second half despite a full-court press from the Red Raiders.
Jarrius Jackson scored 21 points and Martin Zeno had 16 before fouling out for Texas Tech, which had its two-game winning streak snapped. The Red Raiders were outrebounded 45-32 and never got closer than seven points in the closing minutes, with Lopez showing off the impressive promise already exhibited by his twin brother, Robin, Stanford’s starting center.
“Whenever you get a chance to play against a Bob Knight team and to beat them, that’s something special,” Stanford coach Trent Johnson said. “We went into the game knowing we’d have to make them miss, and that’s what we were able to do.”
Brook Lopez went scoreless in his debut Tuesday after recovering from September back surgery, but was outstanding in his first extended playing time. He went 8-for-13, mostly on dunks and short shots.
“I definitely feel exhausted,” Lopez said. “They’re a tough team to play against, but it felt really good.”
While Knight closes in on Rupp’s mark, he is just four wins why of catching North Carolina’s Dean Smith, the career record-holder with 879.
After falling short on a temporary court in a hockey rink in San Jose, Knight gets his next chance to equal Rupp’s mark in another unlikely spot: Ruston, La., in a meeting with Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night.
Knight is as feisty as ever at 66, jumping up to interact with players—and occasionally skewer the referees, as he did when Goods drew a two-shot foul with 8:27 to play.
“There was no attempt to shoot!” Knight screamed in the nearly silent rink. “That’s ridiculous!”
Moments later, Knight singled out forward Darryl Dora for a furious demonstration of low-post defensive techniques during a timeout. There wasn’t much Knight could teach to counteract Stanford’s 7-foot twins and Hill, the Cardinal’s canny swingman.
“We don’t have a great inside game, so when we make mistakes inside, we can’t overcome them,” Knight said. “We’ll get back home and show them the mistakes we made.”
Knight began his coaching career at Army in 1965, when he was just 24. He moved to Indiana in 1971, racking up one remarkable record after another on the way to three national championships.
Knight has always generated controversy along with the victories, from his infamous chair-throwing tirade in 1985 to the long series of incidents that led to his acrimonious departure from Bloomington.
Knight received criticism already this season when he aggressively lifted forward Michael Prince’s chin to get his attention during a game—but his teaching made little difference in the first loss of his career to Stanford.
As always, Newell sat at courtside with friends and family members for the 10th edition of the annual Bay Area doubleheader bearing his name.
The 91-year-old coach won an NIT title with San Francisco, an NCAA championship with California and the 1960 Olympic gold medal for the U.S. team, making many friends along the way—including Knight, who coached the Hoosiers in the inaugural Pete Newell Challenge in 1997.
No. 24 Nevada beat Cal 77-71 in the second game of the Challenge.