Both teams took advantage of lax effort on the defensive end during the first 20 minutes. At the break, Texas Tech held a 35-32 advantage.
After the break, the Red Raiders decided to tighten its defense. The Buffs, meanwhile, continued allowing TTU lanes to the basket and open looks from the outside. Texas Tech, led by guards John Roberson (20 points) and Alan Voskull (20) gave Knight, who took over from his father Bobby Knight five games ago, his second win as head coach.
Roberson and Voskull found themselves open often from long range, and hit 7-of-11 3-pointers.
TTU (14-11/5-6) blistered the net all night, shooting 62 percent from the field. Colorado shot a respectable 46 percent from the field. But what appeared like a less-than-all-out effort on defense aided Texas Tech, who blistered the net all night and hit 62 percent of their shots.
The Red Raiders made two runs in the second half, and opened a 19-point lead near the midway point. Colorado put together a run of its own, and cut the lead to 11 points with just under five minutes remaining. But CU couldn't slow TTU on the defensive end.
CU head coach Jeff Bzdelik said before the season began his team would need to play with a desperate energy in order to be competitive in the Big 12. CU played without urgency Wednesday. The Buffs are 10-15 overall, 2-9 in league play.
Points: Richard Roby 25
Rebounds: Roby 9
Assists: Xavier Silas 3
Turnovers: Roby 5
Blocks: three with 1
Steals: Roby 3
Points: John Roberson, Alan Voskull 20
Rebounds: Damir Suljagic 10
Assists: Charlie Burgess 5
Turnovers: Martin Zeno, Roberson 4
Blocks: D'walyn Roberts 1
Steals: three with 1
Roby moved into a tie with Shaun Vandiver for third place on CU's career scoring charts Wednesday. Both currently have 1,876 points. …Freshman Levi Knutson showed some toughness in the second half of the game. Knutson took an inadvertent, but hard, forearm to the nose and had to leave the game as the blood quickly started to flow. A few minutes later, in a clean jersey, he was back on the floor.