Texas Tech 94, No. 6 Oklahoma St. 70

Saturday, January 19th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton saw something familiar in Bob Knight's Texas Tech team.

Andre Emmett scored a career-high 32 points as the Red Raiders got their biggest win under Knight, 94-70 over the sixth-ranked Cowboys on Saturday.

''(Tech's) motion offense is as good as I've seen one of Bob's teams play,'' said Cowboy coach Eddie Sutton. ``I really applaud him for being able to pull these players together.''

It was the first time Knight and Sutton had coached against each other in 13 seasons. The two faced one another four times in the mid-1980s when Knight was at Indiana and Sutton was at Kentucky. The Red Raiders' victory gave Knight a 3-2 edge.

Tech had lost two straight games after opening the season by winning 13 of 14.

``I mean this has not been a miracle,'' Knight said. ``Nobody's walked across the Brazos and waved a wand at us.''

Tech (14-3, 3-2 Big 12) shot 62 percent from the field, topping its previous high of 55 percent against New Mexico earlier this season

Emmett hit 14 of 18 shots and Andy Ellis added 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting. Despite Emmett's performance, Knight said he still has some growing up to do.

``When you're 80, you'll still be waiting for Emmett to mature,'' Knight said.

The Red Raiders ended their nine-game losing streak against Oklahoma State (15-3, 2-3).

The score was tied at 52 midway through the second half before Texas Tech broke away with a 38-10 burst. The Cowboys had seven turnovers in a seven-minute stretch and scored only four points.

``I don't know what happened the last 12 or 13 minutes of the game,'' Sutton said. ``You have to give Tech credit. Their defense picked up a little. But we turned the ball over, and we took some quick shots. They hit 10 straight points, and we just quit playing, which was really disappointing.''

Knight, whose team lost in overtime to Texas on Monday Oklahoma last weekend, said he wasn't entirely pleased with his team's play either.

``Occasionally, something happens like that in the second half where everything goes for one team and nothing goes for the other,'' he said. ``And that's about what happened. For our team, everything kind of went our way and for them nothing kind of went their way. I told Coach Sutton after the game I've been there before.''

Emmett's previous high was 30 points against Southern Methodist earlier this season.

``He blossoms every game,'' Ellis said. ``He just keeps getting better every game.''

Kasib Powell added 17 points and Nick Valdez had 11 assists for Texas Tech.

The Cowboys gave up their most points this season. The previous high came Tuesday night in a 79-61 loss to Kansas.

Melvin Sanders scored 16 points and Maurice Baker added 14 to lead the Cowboys. Ivan McFarlin and Fredrik Jonzen scored 12 each.