Knight gets 900th win

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 17, 2008

Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Bob Knight, already Division I’s career leader in victories, won his 900th game as Texas Tech beat a Texas A&M team ranked in the top 10 for a third straight time, 68-53.

Like when Knight surpassed former North Carolina coach Dean Smith on the career list with win No. 880, he got his 900th on his second try.

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Last season the Red Raiders beat A&M twice by a combined four points and the Aggies were ranked No. 6 going into each game.

Martin Zeno scored 19 points and Trevor Cook added a career-high 14 for Texas Tech (10-6, 1-1 Big 12).

Josh Carter and Joseph Jones scored 11 points each for the Aggies (15-2, 1-1), who went 18-for-53 from the field in its worst shooting performance (34 percent) of the season and they turned the ball over a season-high 20 times.

No. 1 North Carolina 83,

Georgia TecH 82

ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Hansbrough scored 27 points and made a crucial block in the closing seconds as No. 1 North Carolina held on for an 83-82 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night.

Danny Green put the Tar Heels (18-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead by making one of two free throws with 22 seconds remaining.

Georgia Tech (7-9, 0-3) had a chance to pull off a monumental upset, but Zack Peacock’s shot was blocked by Hansbrough. Peacock retrieved the loose ball and got off a jumper that rimmed out, allowing North Carolina to escape.

The Tar Heels are off to their best start since the 1985-86 team began the season with 21 straight wins. This is their first 3-0 start in the conference since 2004-05, and that team went on to win the NCAA championship.

The Tar Heels have won all but four of their games by double-digit blowouts. They came into Atlanta averaging 92.2 points and winning by an average margin of 22.1.

The Yellow Jackets put together an 11-2 run for their biggest lead of the game, 63-56.

No. 2 Memphis 77, Rice 50

HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Douglas-Roberts and Doneal Mack both scored 16 points and Joey Dorsey had nine points and 14 rebounds to lead Memphis.

Antonio Anderson scored 10 points for the Tigers (16-0, 3-0 Conference USA), who have won 35 consecutive regular-season games and 26 in a row in league play.

Memphis won by double digits for the 15th time this season despite going 7-for-31 from 3-point range (23 percent) and barely outrebounding the smaller Owls 42-41. The Tigers forced the Owls into 29 turnovers.

Paulius Packevicius had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Owls (3-13, 0-3), who have lost six straight.

No. 7 Duke 70, Florida St. 57

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jon Scheyer scored 21 points and Duke made eight straight free throws in the final 1:34 to snap a two-game losing streak to Florida State.

The Seminoles took their only lead of the second half at 55-54 on Jason Rich’s layup with 3:45 left before Duke put the game away with a closing 16-2 run. Kyle Singler’s 3-pointer put the Blue Devils (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead for good with 3:30 to play.

Rich had all 18 of his points in the second half to key the comeback by Florida State (12-6, 1-2).