March 8, 2003
By JOEL ANDERSON
Associated Press Writer
WACO, Texas (AP) - Lawrence Roberts had 28 points and 16 rebounds as Baylor overcame a long second-half shooting drought to hold off slumping Texas Tech 74-68 on Saturday.
Baylor (14-13, 5-11 Big 12) built a 42-26 second-half lead before Andre Emmett, the Big 12's leading scorer, brought Tech back to take a 46-45 lead with 7:30 left.
Tech (16-11, 6-10) came back with help from Baylor, which went more than 11 minutes without a field goal.
But Baylor quickly retook the lead on free throws by R.T. Guinn and led the rest of the way.
Roberts and Guinn helped put the game out of reach with back-to-back 3-pointers that gave Baylor a 66-61 lead with 1:30 left. Baylor went 7-of-8 from the line in the final three minutes to seal the victory.
Texas Tech finished the regular season with three straight losses, a disappointing finish after making the NCAA tournament in coach Bob Knight's first season last year.
Tech probably needs a couple wins in next week's Big 12 tournament for a slim chance at a second straight NCAA tournament under Knight. Tech faces Baylor in the first round.
Baylor sprinted to a 37-24 halftime lead, mostly on the strength of Roberts' 15 points and 10 rebounds in the half. Roberts repeatedly called for the ball in the post, backing down Tech's smaller defenders and drawing fouls.
Emmett, averaging 21.7 points a game, recovered from a terrible start to score 24 of his 26 points in the second half. He went 1-of-8 from the field in the first half, scoring only on a breakaway dunk off of a steal.
Emmett rallied the Red Raiders from a 16-point deficit to a 46-45 lead with
7:20 left in the game, scoring 10 straight points during the run, including the
jumper that put Tech on top.
Baylor grew frustrated during the slump. Roberts yelled at teammate Terrance Thomas after a botched possession, telling him, "I'm in the post, man."
Thomas responded: "Shut up."
The Bears eventually did get Roberts the ball, though, and he scored seven of the Bears' final 11 points to clinch the win.
Baylor coach Dave Bliss finally got a win over his old mentor. He's now 1-3 against Knight.