Zeno scores 33 as Texas Tech beats Missouri
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)—Martin Zeno scored a career-high 33 points to lead Texas Tech over Missouri 92-84 on Wednesday night, leaving the Tigers winless on the road this season.
The win gave Tech coach Bob Knight his 901st career win.
Tech led by a dozen midway through the first half but Missouri came back to hold a slight edge at halftime. After the break, Missouri built a 49-44 lead before Tech (11-7, 2-2 Big 12) turned things around.
The Red Raiders turned the ball over less and scored on six of seven possessions, using a 15-2 run to go up 65-55 with just more than nine minutes left.
Zeno had 11 during the spurt but the Tigers, who used a full-court press throughout the game, pounced back. They used an 8-2 run to whittle the margin to 67-63 just a couple of minutes later.
After that, Missouri pulled within three points three times, the last at 87-84 with 36 seconds remaining.
The loss extended the Tigers’ road-loss streak to five games.
Keon Lawrence scored 24 points, Stefhon Hannah added 17 and DeMarre Carroll got 14 to lead the Tigers (11-8, 1-3).
The Red Raiders, who got hot in the second half, played four guards most of the game. They used their quickness and ball-handling skills to work the ball up the court.
Tech hit on 15-of-22 field goals after the break. Had they hit more free throws the Red Raiders would have sealed the win earlier. They missed 14 of 50 attempts from the line.
Zeno, who went to the line a career-high 24 times, made a career-high 19 of them.
All five Tech starters scored in double figures, with John Roberson adding 25 points, Alan Voskuil 13 for Tech. Damir Suljagic had 10 and Charlie Burgess added 11.
Knight got livid with his players in the first half. Upset at his team’s sloppy play, the Hall of Fame coach who’s won more Division I men’s game than anyone, threw his clipboard to the floor as he sat in a chair chewing out the players during a timeout.
His team had just let a 12-point lead disappear in about three minutes, while Missouri used a 11-2 run to go up 31-29 with about four minutes remaining in the half.
Tech committed five turnovers during the Tigers’ streak.