TCU Falls To Texas Tech, 84-66
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
FORT WORTH, Texas - Andre Emmett had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Texas Tech used early spurts in both halves to beat TCU 84-66 Tuesday night in coach Bob Knight's first-ever visit to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Emmett made the game's first basket and had six points as Texas Tech (4-0) started the game with 10 straight points over the first three minutes and never trailed.
The Red Raiders started the second half by making their first seven shots, three by Robert Tomaszek. That extended their 39-31 halftime lead to 53-37, the 16-point margin being the largest until the closing minutes of the game.
TCU (2-2) also made all of its shots in the opening five-minute spurt of the second half, but had just three field goals and four turnovers.
Emmett was 13-of-18 from the field. Tomaszek added 17 points for Texas Tech and Nick Valdez had 14 on 7-of-8 shooting, including four straight breakaway baskets late in the game.
Corey Santee had 17 points to lead the Horned Frogs, who were held under 84 points for the first time this season. Freshman Chudi Chinweze had 13 points and Nucleus Smith 11. TCU scoring leader Junior Blount was held to eight points, 18 below his season average.
Knight's presence brought TCU a rare sellout of 7,201, though there were a few empty seats and a large group of fans at one end of the arena cheered for the Red Raiders.
For those who came to see the fiery side of Knight, they were disappointed.
Even when the coach stripped off his trademark red sweater during a timeout
midway through the second half, it was because of the warm temperature inside
the building and not because Emmett had just been called for his third foul.
Knight is in his 37th season as a Division I coach, his second at Texas Tech. TCU's Neil Dougherty, a former Kansas assistant for Roy Williams, is in his first season as a head coach.
After Chinweze drove for a basket with seven minutes left, the Frogs were within 66-58. Texas Tech then went on a game-clinching 10-1 run that included Valdez's four baskets in 81 seconds.
Valdez started with a layup after a missed 3-pointer by Ron Hobbs, who spent two seasons at Texas Tech before Knight arrived. Valdez then had two breakaway slam dunks - the first after a turnover by Hobbs - and followed a missed TCU free throw with a fastbreak layup on a pass from Ronald Ross, who also had an assist on the first basket in the stretch.
Texas Tech leads the series against the former Southwest Conference rivals 67-43. The Frogs had won five straight against Tech until losing the last two against Knight.