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Knight gets 900th in an upset victory

January 17, 2008|From the Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Coach Bob Knight reached another milestone.

Texas Tech beat No. 10 Texas A&M, 68-53, Wednesday night, the Hall of Fame coach's 900th career victory.

Afterward, fans chanted Knight's name as he walked off to a thunderous ovation.

"You folks being here, seats being full for a change, really made a difference tonight," Knight told them before leaving.

As when Knight surpassed former North Carolina coach Dean Smith on the Division I career list with win No. 880, he got his 900th on his second try.

The win was Tech's third straight over an Aggies team ranked in the top 10.

The Aggies (15-2, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) looked frazzled and out of sync most of the game.

Texas A&M made 18 of 53 shots in its worst shooting performance (34%) of the season and turned the ball over a season-high 20 times.

Martin Zeno scored 19 points and Trevor Cook added a career-high 14 for Texas Tech (10-6, 1-1), which broke the game open with a 20-4 second-half run.

Two women's coaches have 900 wins: Tennessee's Pat Summitt has 961 and former Texas coach Jody Conradt retired after last season with 900.

The career victory leader in men's coaching is Harry Statham of McKendree University, an NAIA school, with 949 wins.

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