BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- The HSBC Arena was the site of Bob Knight's last game at Indiana. It's also the site of his first NCAA Tournament win as coach of Texas Tech.
Playing the physical man-to-man defense that Knight is known for, the eighth-seeded Red Raiders throttled Charlotte's perimeter game and posted a 76-73 victory in the first round of the East Rutherford Region.
"I'm glad that the outcome of this game replaces the outcome of the last game I coached in Buffalo," said Knight, who lost his last game as Indiana coach here to Pepperdine, 77-57, in the first round of the 2000 East Region and spent most of the time defending his coaching methods after former Indiana player Neil Reed alleged he was choked by Knight during a practice.
This time, Knight had the pleasure of just concentrating on basketball and will get to coach a second-round game Saturday against top-seeded St. Joseph's.
Andre Emmett scored 20 points and freshman Jarrius Jackson added 17 to lead Texas Tech (23-10), but the story was how the Red Raiders executed Knight's defensive game plan to perfection by shutting down Charlotte's long-range shooters Brendan Plavich and Demon Brown.
Plavich led Conference USA with 95 3-pointers this season, but had a hand in his face most of the day and made just two.
"They limited his shots, but that opened up shots for other guys," said Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz.
Plavich and Brown combined to make just 4-of-15 from the arc.
"We know they look for the 3-point shot first and drive second, and I thought we did a good job defending the 3-point shot," Knight said.
The Big 12 Conference's all-time leading scorer, Emmett made 8-of-11 shots and received plenty of help. Michael Marshall scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and freshman Darryl Dora added 12 and 10 rebounds off the bench.
"It was a great team effort," Emmett said. "Darryl really stepped up and played big and strong. Coach got on him before the game in warmups to play tough and he really played good."
Curtis Withers led Charlotte (21-9) with 17 points, but made just 4-of-12 shots.
The 49ers shot just 32 percent in the first half, making just 9-of-28 from the field, while Texas Tech shot 52 percent.
A 10-2 spurt pulled Charlotte within 55-50 after a pair of free throws by Withers with 5:47 left, but Marshall and Dora combined to score 12 points as the Red Raiders increased their lead to 72-60 with a minute left.
Plavich and Withers each hit 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds to help make the final score close.
Knight earned his 43rd NCAA Tournament win to pass Denny Crum and move into fourth-place on the all-time list, but he had lost in the first round in five of his previous seven trips, including his first one with the Red Raiders two years ago.