LUBBOCK, Texas (Ticker) -- The backcourt tandem of Andre Emmett and Ronald Ross helped Texas Tech end a strange day on a positive note.
Emmett scored 25 points and Ross added 22 as the 18th-ranked Red Raiders shook off the distraction surrounding coach Bob Knight to defeat Baylor, 83-63, in a Big 12 Conference contest.
A day after Knight was involved in a verbal confrontation with university chancellor Dr. David Smith, Texas Tech players spent Tuesday not knowing if their coach would be on the sidelines.
Despite early reports that Knight would be suspended for five days, school officials elected only to reprimand their third-year coach. Knight received a standing ovation when he walked on court before the game at United Spirit Arena.
Knight acknowledged a suspension was a possibility and said he would have tried to contest it.
"We decided last night if that is the way it would have happened, a suspension, I would go through whatever means possible to fight it," he said. "But I would have stayed through the suspension because I feel so strongly about this university, this community and these kids. That would not have been easy for me to do, but I would have done it."
Knight added that he did not instigate the confrontation with Smith.
"I should have just shook my head and walked away, done a lot of things," he said. "I told him what the issues were and it went back and forth a little bit. I absolutely did not instigate anything."
The uncertainty appeared to affect the Red Raiders (17-4, 5-2 Big 12), who were in a surprising 34-34 halftime tie with the lowly Bears. Texas Tech finally broke it open in the second half and snapped a two-game losing streak.
Emmett, the Big 12's leading scorer at 21 points per game, responded following a pair of sub-par games that prompted criticism from Knight. He scored 13 points against Oklahoma State and just nine against Texas in a pair of games last week.
Matt Sayman scored 14 points for Baylor (6-14, 1-6), which has dropped three in a row and eight of its last nine games.
Texas Tech hit nine of its first 11 shots to open a 21-10 lead but allowed Baylor to answer with a 20-6 spurt. The Bears took a 30-27 lead on Harvey Thomas' layup with 4:37 left in the first half.
The Red Raiders put away the contest by making eight of their first 11 shots in the second half. Ross' jumper gave Texas Tech a 55-42 lead with 13:08 remaining, and the Red Raiders led by as many as 16 in the final minutes.
Texas Tech shot 62 percent (18-of-29) in the second half and 55 percent (31-of-56) overall.