Raiders Bust Colorado 97-79

BOULDER, Colo.--Always looking for perfection in his players, veteran Tech coach <b>Bobby Knight</b> gave <b>Andre Emmett</b> mixed reviews on Saturday.

"His offensive brain is really good, but his defense could use a little work," Knight said.

There were few flaws to be found in Emmett's work on offense. The sophomore guard had 33 points and 10 rebounds and Will Chavis added 22 points Saturday as Tech won in Boulder for the first time in more than 17 years with a 97-79 rout of Colorado.

"I didn't do anything that wasn't available in our offensive scheme," said Emmett, who had his fourth 30-point game of the year. "My teammates got me the ball and their defense left me open."

Emmett shot 14-for-23 and Tech (18-6, 7-5 Big 12 Conference) shot 55 percent as it won in Boulder for the first time since Dec. 27, 1984. It also marked only the fifth Raider win in 19 meetings with the Buffaloes.

"We saw on film that he was one of their best players and today he showed why he is one of their best players," Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said. "He posts up guys, can set up his own shot and make plays."

D.J. Harrison had 23 points and six rebounds for Colorado (13-10, 4-8), which lost its third straight and had its five-game home winning streak snapped. Stephane Pelle added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Tech combined hot shooting with smothering interior defense to lead 43-33 at the half. The Raiders shot 61 percent in the first half and held Colorado 7-foot center David Harrison to three shots and four points in building as much as an 18-point lead.

Two baseline jumpers by Emmett put Tech ahead 40-22. Baskets by D.J. Harrison and Pelle in the last minute cut Colorado's deficit to 10 points.

The Raiders extended their lead to 57-41 on Kasib Powell's three-point play early in the second half, but Michel Morandais hit three shots in an 8-0 run for Colorado to cut the lead to 62-49.

Emmett hit a reverse layup over David Harrison to start a 10-2 run to put Tech ahead 79-61.

Blair Wilson's 3-pointer with 2:38 left got Colorado as close as 86-77. Then Chavis hit eight free throws in the final 2:32.

"We wore down at the end and that is a tribute to Texas Tech," Harrison said.

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