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Texas Tech 62, Kansas State 52

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Fourteen years later and Bob Knight still has Bob Huggins' number.

Jarrius Jackson scored 23 points and Texas Tech shut down the Kansas State offense in a 62-52 victory Monday night, in the first meeting between the two famed coaches since they joined the Big 12.

Martin Zeno added 12 points and freshman Decensae White had 11 for the Red Raiders (13-4, 2-0 Big 12), who have won seven of their last eight and are off to their best start in three years.

It was only the third meeting between Knight and Huggins, who together have 1,459 career wins and rank first and seventh respectively among active Division I coaches in victories. The two hadn't faced each other since Dec. 19, 1992, when Knight was at Indiana and Huggins at Cincinnati. Knight has won all three meetings by double digits.

"I think it's kind of amazing, in this league this year any win is going to be really good for whoever gets it," Knight said. "There is going to be a lot of evenly played games in this league, just like Kansas State has had evenly played games and ended up losing both of them."

Texas Tech, playing without starting center Esmir Rizvic, led 27-26 at halftime before building a 41-32 lead with about 10 minutes left in the game.

The Wildcats (10-6, 0-2) used a 9-0 spurt to cut the lead to two points, but Knight quickly called a time-out that quieted the Bramlage Coliseum crowd. The Red Raiders scored immediately out of the break and slowly built their lead back up to 11 with just under 4 minutes to play.

"In the first half, I think we were kind of tentative," Jackson said. "In the second half, we kicked it up a notch. I have to give credit to them. They were playing very good defense."

Jackson was the catalyst, penetrating the lane to draw fouls and hitting short jump shots every time Kansas State threatened to get back in the game. The Big 12's third-leading scorer added seven rebounds, three assists and was 8-of-9 from the free throw line.

"Once we got a seven- or eight-point lead, they had to extend a little bit, and it gave us a little bit more room," Knight said. "I think Jackson took advantage of that."

David Hoskins had 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting to lead the Wildcats, who have lost three in a row since winning the Las Vegas Holiday Classic in December. Leading scorer Cartier Martin was held to only six points on 2-of-11 shooting, and didn't hit his first field goal until the 10:29 mark of the second half.

"We just couldn't get a stop," Hoskins said. "For a 10-minute stretch they made layups."

Employing Knight's trademark man-to-man defense and harassing the Wildcats in the half court, Texas Tech held Kansas State without a field goal for nearly nine minutes in the first half.

The Red Raiders kept the pressure up throughout the second half, holding Kansas State to 30 percent shooting for the game. The Wildcats hit only 2-of-15 3-pointers and committed 14 turnovers.

"When we had a chance to win it, we won it," Knight said. "We made the plays that we had to make, got the ball back and made some free throws.

"It was a hard played game defensively and that's a trademark of Bob's teams as long as he's coached."

Both teams were playing without major contributors who were injured in their Big 12 openers on Saturday.

Rizvic suffered a fractured eye socket during a 68-54 victory over Oklahoma. The 7-foot center, who was hit in the face by an elbow from Sooner forward Longar Longar, had surgery Monday. Knight said everything went as planned, but Rizvic will likely miss the rest of the season.

Before the game, Huggins announced that talented freshman forward Bill Walker tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a 69-65 loss at No. 8 Texas A&M. The Wildcats' third-leading scorer will undergo surgery in a week to 14 days and faces six to eight months of rehabilitation.

"In fairness to our guys, we spent a lot of time trying to incorporate Bill, and then we lose him," Huggins said.