LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Even though they won the game, Texas Tech
coach Bob Knight said he would have made other plans if he had
known two of his Red Raiders would shoot so badly.
"We can't live with that," he said. "But yet to be able to
win against a good team with them going 1-for-11 really says
something about some other phases of our game."
Ronald Ross scored 27 points for Tech (10-4, 2-1 Big 12). The
Red Raiders never trailed and were aided by a cold-shooting Aggie
Texas A&M (12-2, 1-2) made just 22 percent from the field in the
first half and didn't climb into double digits until nearly 14
minutes into the game.
Aggie coach Billy Gillispie said Tech put on a clinic for his
"They taught us how the game is supposed to be played," he
said. "If you're a purist basketball fan, what they did to us ...
it was poetry. It was beautiful. Unfortunately, I was coaching the
Knight responded: "We aren't reading the same poets."
The Aggies came into the game second in the conference in field
goal percentage at 50 percent. Against Tech, they shot just 40
percent on 21-of-53 from the field for the game.
They were no better when it came to 3-pointers. The Aggies hit
on only 2-of-13, well below their 40 percent season average.
Despite the poor shooting, the Aggies crept back in the second
half and pulled within 46-41 on a pull-up jumper in the lane by
Dominique Kirk with 9:52 remaining in the game.
Knight said the Aggies showed their grit when Tech could have
put the game out of reach.
"We had the game in a position to just take total control in
the first 10 minutes of the game, and they never let that happen,"
he said. "The bad news is our lead got cut to five, but the good
thing is we took it back to 15 or 16, and now if you don't drop
dead you're going to win."
With its lead cut to five, Tech countered with a 14-4 run,
including six points by Darryl Dora to go up 60-45 with 5:19 to go.
The Aggies got no closer.
Knight said Dora needs to see himself as more than a 3-point
shooter and a player who feeds to his teammates.
"We're trying to get him to be more aggressive," Knight said.
"We've been trying to get things out of Dora all year, and he was
a real contributing factor tonight."
The Red Raiders' largest lead came with about 45 seconds
remaining when they led 70-54.
Ross made 11-of-15 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds.
Martin Zeno added 18 points for Texas Tech, and Dora had a
"I don't know what it was with us," Wright said. "We just
didn't come in mentally prepared."
The Red Raiders failed to convert on any of the Aggies' seven
first-half turnovers, but they still took a 31-21 lead into