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Tech Beats Nebraska for Knight’s 800th

February 6, 2003

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ With fans chanting his name and the magic number, Bob Knight entered the 800 club Wednesday night.

Knight became only the fourth Division I coach to win 800 games, reaching the mark by guiding Texas Tech over Nebraska 75-49.

After the victory, Knight took to the microphone and spoke to his supporters.

``I’ve had some milestones, but I’ve never had a milestone in front of a crowd that I appreciated so much,″ he said.

When he was finished speaking, his team circled around him, hugging him and jumping up and down.

Fans got into the excitement throughout the game.

The crowd chanted ``Bobby!″ and ``800″ during the final couple of minutes of the game. A group of 11 Tech students stood frequently throughout the game, holding up white placards with red lettering that spelled out 1-800-Bob-Nite with the word ‘WON’ written vertically on the number one.

The Red Raiders (13-5, 3-4 Big 12) went on an early 26-0 run, making it easy for Knight to get the milestone win on his second try.

Texas A&M spoiled his first shot Saturday, beating Texas Tech 64-59 in College Station.

Only Dean Smith of North Carolina (879), Adolph Rupp of Kentucky (876) and Mount St. Mary’s Jim Phelan (827) have won more than 800 games in Division I. With Phelan set to retire after this season, Knight (800-303) would become the active leader.

In his first game as a head coach 38 years ago, Knight’s team at Army lost to Princeton 70-49. The next game he turned it around with a 71-62 win over Worcester Tech, and he’s not stopped winning since.

Knight has been a head coach for 37 years at three Division I schools. He got his first victory and his 100th at Army, then moved to Indiana, where his Hoosiers went 662-239 and won three national championships from 1971-2000.

After a year away from coaching, Knight made a startling comeback in West Texas. In his first season, he took over a Tech team that hadn’t had a winning season in four years and went 23-9 and reached the NCAA tournament.

Overall, Knight is 36-14 with Texas Tech.

Andre Emmett scored 24 points and Kasib Powell added 16 to lead the Red Raiders.

Nebraska (9-12, 1-7) led only once in the early going before Tech took command. The Cornhuskers were held scoreless for more than eight minutes in the first half and without a field goal in the first six minutes of the second half.

The Red Raiders fell behind 5-0 early, but scored on 10 of their next 13 possessions to lead 26-5 while holding the Cornhuskers scoreless for more than an eight-minute stretch.

Tech built its largest lead of the game, 58-32, with 10:01 remaining.

John Turek and Brennon Clemmons scored 10 points each for Nebraska.

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