WACO, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech coach Bob Knight expected a close game against Baylor, and he got it.
"The game was what we thought it was going to be," said Knight, who got his 850th career win. "We told our players it was going to be rough, and we had to play well defensively."
After Baylor (9-17, 1-14 Big 12) opened the second half with
Richard Hurd's layup, Texas Tech (18-8, 10-5) reeled off eight straight points to move in front 48-38.
The Bears regrouped, and back-to-back 3-pointers by Aaron Bruce tied the game at 55 with just over nine minutes remaining. Baylor
knotted the score once more at 57-57, but the Red Raiders put together a 10-0 run and went ahead 67-57 at the four-minute mark.
"Our best play was when we were up by 10 in the second half," Knight said. "From then on they made some really good plays and we struggled a little bit with a couple of bad plays."
The Bears mounted a final comeback and trailed 69-66 when they forced Texas Tech into a shot-clock violation with 49 seconds left. But Giles stole the ball from Bruce, and the Red Raiders hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 30 seconds to clinch the win.
"We dug ourselves in a hole," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "We fought back in the first half, and we fought back in the second half, but we could never get over the hump."
Bruce scored 19 points for Baylor, while Tommy Swanson added 15.