Knight gets win No. 900

Jan 17, 2008 - 7:33 AM LUBBOCK, Texas (Ticker) -- Just like last season, the second time proved to be the charm for Bob Knight.

The all-time winningest coach in the history of men's Division I basketball, Knight recorded the 900th win of his career on Wednesday as Texas Tech cruised past ninth-ranked Texas A&M, 68-53, in a Big 12 Conference matchup.

Knight, 67, becomes just the third coach - and first in the men's game - to reach the 900-win plateau, along with Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt (959) and former Texas women's coach Judy Conradt (900).

The Red Raiders (10-6) had come up short in their first attempt to record the significant win for Knight, dropping a 74-55 decision at Oklahoma State in the conference opener for both teams on Saturday.

But on Wednesday, Texas Tech raced out to a 32-17 halftime lead and used a 15-3 run early in the second half to help the Red Raiders cruise past the Aggies.

"Our players really played hard tonight against a really good team and a really good bunch of kids," Knight said addressing the crowd over the PA system following the game. "You people here tonight, with seats being full for a change, really made one hell of a difference in the way Texas Tech played."

Texas Tech led by at least 15 points for the final 11 minutes of the contest, holding Texas A&M to just 35 percent shooting (18-of-52) for the game.

"I thought (they) played like they should play, as if they were college basketball players," Knight said of his team to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "They haven't played well. Tonight, they looked like good college basketball players."

The win snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Aggies, who have lost three straight games - including a two-game sweep last season - to the Red Raiders.

Since coming to Texas Tech in 2001, Knight is now 10-4 against Texas A&M, including 6-1 at the United Spirit Arena.

When first asked to share a few words at his postgame press conference, the usually sarcastic Knight was relieved the pressure is now off his team.

"I'm ... glad it's over," Knight said. "That's a few words."

A little more than one year ago, Knight went through a similar situation before getting another milestone win.

After losing a 74-66 contest to Nevada-Las Vegas on December 28, 2006, the Red Raiders responded a 70-68 win over New Mexico on January 1, 2007 to help Knight pass Dean Smith for first on the all-time list with career victory No. 880.

"It's just like last year, teams were gonna make damn sure we didn't get there," Knight said. "It was an albatross, now we got rid of it."

In his 42nd year as a coach, Knight has compiled a 900-368 (.710) record at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech. He won three national champions with the Hoosiers before an acrimonious firing in 2000.

Hired by the Red Raiders a year later, Knight has posted a 136-80 (.629) in six-plus seasons.

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