LUBBOCK, Texas (Ticker) -- It's not where Texas Tech wanted to be, but the Red Raiders gave Bob Knight his first postseason win since being forced out at Indiana two years ago.
Andre Emmett led four players in double figures with 18 points as Texas Tech defeated Nevada, 66-54, in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Trailing 31-22 at the intermission, the Wolf Pack (18-14) closed to 52-49 on Jerry Petty's 3-pointer with 7:35 remaining, but Emmett's jumper ignited an 11-0 spurt for Texas Tech (19-13) that broke open the game.
The Red Raiders held Nevada scoreless for more than four minutes, forcing turnovers on the Wolf Pack's next five possessions. A driving layup by Kasib Powell, who scored 15 points, made it 64-49 4:01 remaining.
Nevada did not score again until Sean Hall's dunk with 3:20 left.
Last season, the Red Raiders were upset by Southern Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Knight's first year in Lubbock. This season, an upset of Texas in the Big 12 Conference tournament was not enough to get the Red Raiders an at-large berth.
Texas Tech hosted its first NIT game since 1979, when the Red Raiders lost to Knight's Hoosiers. Indiana went on to win the NIT that year.
Todd Okeson scored 13 points for the Wolf Pack, who were making their first NIT appearance in six years.
Texas Tech will face San Diego State, a winner over Santa Barbara, in the second round.
Nevada held Texas Tech without a field goal for nearly five minutes, building a 13-10 lead midway through the first half. But the Red Raiders took the lead for good with a 12-0 spurt.
Okeson and Terrance Green each a pair of 3-pointers, pulling Nevada within 48-44 with 10:42 remaining. Emmett and Powell answered with back-to-back baskets, extending Texas Tech's lead to 52-44.
Ronald Ross and Robert Tomaszek contributed 10 points apiece for the Red Raiders.