LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Bob Knight celebrated his 877th victory by
Knight moved two wins behind all-time leader Dean Smith on the
Division I career coaching list when Texas Tech beat Centenary
98-64 on Saturday.
It was Red Raiders assistant coach Pat Knight who handled
questions from the media after his father broke the tie for second
place with Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, leaving him behind only the
former North Carolina coach.
"It's like waiting for Brad Pitt and Martin Short walks in,"
the younger Knight said of his stand-in appearance when his father
decided to pursue one of his favorite outdoor activities.
"Honestly, we have never discussed (passing Rupp). We didn't
discuss it when he tied it, and I didn't discuss it tonight when he
If the Red Raiders beat Arkansas in Little Rock next Saturday,
Knight could tie Smith at home on Dec. 23, against Bucknell.
Smith, who retired in 1997, won 879 games in 36 years with the
Tar Heels. The 66-year-old Knight, who is in his 41st season, got
the bulk of his wins (662) at Indiana.
Knight tied Rupp on Wednesday when the Red Raiders won at
Pat Knight said the coaching staff is looking to Burgess for
"It just can't be every third or fourth game," he said.
"Charlie's been the one we've been worried about."
Burgess couldn't recall making all his shots in a game.
"This is the first time ever, kind of exciting," he said.
"Hope I can do it again."
Texas Tech, which scored on 12 of its first 15 possessions, shot
62 percent (40-of-64) from the field for the game.
In the second half, Jackson scored seven straight points in less
than a minute and Burgess got nine straight a few minutes later.
"Playing against Coach Knight, they always used to say you can
find out what your weaknesses are," Gents coach Rob Flaska said.
"We found out what our weaknesses were today."
The Gents started slowly, scoring only six points over the
opening 9:53. Texas Tech built a 51-24 lead with about a minute
left in the first half but Centenary scored two field goals in the
final seven seconds.
Starr scored when he rebounded a missed free throw by Jeff
Montague. Tech lost the ball on the inbounds play and Hamilton hit
a 3-pointer from about 30 feet at the buzzer.
That didn't settle well with Knight, who stormed off the court
after the five-point turnaround, screaming at his players as he
left the floor.
Pat Knight had seen something similar during his father's last
season at Indiana when Kirk Haston missed a block out. He thought
better of intervening Saturday.
"I knew it was going to happen," Pat Knight said. "A wasn't
even going to try to stop him."
Knight's moving to No. 2 on the wins list apparently wasn't a
big attraction in Lubbock. Only 8,645 of the 15,098 seats in United
Spirit Arena were filled.
Knight began his coaching career at West Point in 1965 when he
was 24, earning him the distinction of becoming the youngest ever
named to a major college school. In 1971, he moved to Indiana,
where he won three national championships and 11 Big Ten titles.
He coached the Hoosiers for 29 seasons before being fired in
2000 for what school officials called a violation of a
zero-tolerance behavior policy.
After a season away, Knight took over at Texas Tech and led the
Red Raiders to 20-win seasons in his first four years.
In March 2005, the coach known as "The General" returned to
the NCAA regional semifinals for the first time since 1994 with
Last season turned sour, though. Tech finished 15-17, only the
second losing season ever for Knight; the other was 1970-71 when
his last Army club went 11-13. It was also only the second time a
team of his hasn't gone to a postseason tournament.
Knight has never been cited for NCAA violations but has garnered
more headlines because of his temper, from his infamous
chair-throwing tirade in 1985 to the long string of incidents that
led to his acrimonious departure from Indiana.
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