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Knight gets 900th win

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.

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).