LUBBOCK, Texas -- Martin Zeno was in Bob Knight's doghouse
not too long ago.
After Tech lost at Oklahoma State earlier this month, Knight
called Zeno's play disappointing.
Wednesday night he scored a career-high 33 points to lead Tech
to a 92-84 win over Missouri.
"It's motivation," he said of Knight's admonishment after the
loss to the Cowboys. "Also, it makes me go out there and just do
my best, just prove him wrong. That just gives me the edge right
The loss left the Tigers winless on the road this season, while
Tech's win gave 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.
"The best moment that our team has had all year was when they
fought back in the second half and got the game in a position where
we had a chance to win it, and then closed it out," Knight said.
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
After that, Missouri pulled within three points three times, the
last at 87-84 with 36 seconds remaining.
Knight called Zeno's play this season "inconsistent." But
against Missouri, the player he looked to as a team leader, came
"Tonight he not only played well but he did a good job keeping
people going, talking to people and doing what he's supposed to do
as a senior," Knight said.
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).
Turnovers hurt the Tigers. They had 21 turnovers; they are
"If you're going to have a chance to win the game, you got to
take care of the basketball," Missouri coach Mike Anderson. "We
had three turnovers on out-of-bounds plays -- which is very
uncharacteristic. We got to correct a lot of areas of our
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. Both the attempts and the free throws made
are school records.
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.