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Updated: Saturday, December 28, 2002 5:48 PM EST
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(25) Texas Tech 99, Minnesota 89 (ot)
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MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Bob Knight's return to Big Ten country may have been successful, but it provided plenty of material for a lecture.

Robert Tomaszek collected season highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds as No. 25 Texas Tech survived a rough end to regulation in a 99-89 overtime victory over Minnesota.

Knight made his first trip to a Big Ten school since he left Indiana after the 1999-2000 season. He seemed headed for an easy finish after Will Chavis' layup gave Texas Tech (8-1) a 72-62 lead with just over two minutes left in regulation.

"We're within 2:15 of playing 40 pretty good minutes," Knight said. "The team still has to get to the point where we play 40 good minutes. One of the toughest things about basketball is to lose a lead, go to overtime and win the game."

Minnesota (6-3) closed the second half with a 14-2 run, including Rick Rickert's tying 3-pointer with 32 seconds left. Texas Tech had a pair of chances to win the game but came up empty as it went to overtime.

The Red Raiders missed 14-of-24 foul shots in regulation, including a pair by Pawel Storozynski just before Rickert's shot.

Tomaszek opened the extra session with a basket and a pair of foul shots as Texas Tech never trailed in overtime. Andre Emmett and Ronald Ross added layups for an 82-74 lead with just under three minutes to go.

Tomaszek and Emmett each scored six points in the extra session. Emmett finished with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting as the Red Raiders placed all five starters in double figures and shot 57 percent (38-of-67), a season high for a Minnesota opponent.

"I said from the beginning that this would be a tough game," Minnesota coach Dan Monson said. "Texas Tech physically and mentally dominated us and that is very disappointing. We did a good job early on, Texas Tech just played tougher and better than we did."

Texas Tech dominated inside by outscoring Minnesota in the paint, 54-38. Tomaszek spearheaded the effort, making 11-of-15 shots. Storozynski and Kasib Powell each netted 16 points.

The Red Raiders improved their foul shooting in the extra session, converting 76.5 percent (13-of-17).

"Really give credit to the kids," Knight said. "They came out with a sense of not letting this thing slip away. We worked hard, got the eight-point lead. The guys came back to really play well. I told them at the end that we'll get to overtime and we'll play better."

Maurice Hargrow led Minnesota with 24 points and Rickert added 22 and 11 rebounds. The Golden Gophers fell to 8-1 when Rickert tops the 20-point plateau but point guard Kevin Burleson was in foul trouble throughout and fouled out with only seven points.

"Right now, we need to find a way to play better defensively," Burleson said. "Today, we played well at times, but we had too many defensive lapses that allowed them to get easy baskets in quick spurts. You can't expect to beat a Top 25 team by allowing that."

Knight received a mixed reaction on his entrance to his seat in Williams Arena. He compiled a 354-50 record in Big Ten play in his 29 seasons with Indiana.

The Red Raiders took a 37-30 halftime lead and used a 14-2 run for a 65-53 cushion with under six minutes left in the second half. The Golden Gophers used some strong late 3-point shooting to rally.

Texas Tech converted 20 turnovers into 28 points and held a 16-2 advantage in points on the fast break.


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