Lubbock, Tex. (Jan. 4, 2011) --- Despite a 79-60 loss to Texas Tech, the Delaware State men's basketball team made an impression on one of the giants of the game Tuesday evening.
Bobby Knight, the winningest coach in the history of Div. I men's college basketball and father of Texas Tech head coach Pat Knight, met privately with Delaware State head coach Greg Jackson and paid a visit to the Hornets' locker room after the game to applaud the team for its effort and smart play in the contest. Knight, now an ESPN analyst, led Indiana University to three NCAA championships before ending his coaching career at Texas Tech.
"We're not into moral victories, but when someone of Bobby Knight's stature is impressed with our play, it says something about our program," said Jackson. "Coach Knight affirmed the belief of our coaching staff that if we play smart and control the basketball, we can be quite successful in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this season."
In spite of the effort at Texas Tech, the Hornets suffered their fifth straight loss to fall to 4-8 on the season.
Brad Reese led three Texas Tech players in double figures with a game-high 21 points. Reese was 6-for-10 from the field, including 4-of-4 from three-point territory. Mike Singletary added 12 points and Jaye Crockett 10 for the Red Raiders.
Jay Threatt and Alibaba Odd led Delaware State with 12 points each. Marques Oliver added 11 points for the Hornets.
Delaware State trailed 43-27 at the break, and fell behind 51-27 when Texas Tech scored the first eight points of the second half.
The Hornets refused to quit, and ran off 10 straight points to force the Red Raiders to call a timeout to stop the momentum. Trevor Welcher capped off the DSU run with a steal and lay up to cut Texas Tech's lead to 65-51 with 6:29 left to play.
Delaware State was only outscored by three points (36-33) in the second half. The Hornets were 14-for-26 from the field after intermission (53.8%), after hitting just 9-of-25 shots in the first 20 minutes.
The Hornets also committed just eight turnovers, while forcing the Red Raiders into 13 miscues in the contest.
Texas Tech, a member of the Big 12 Conference, won its second straight game to improve to 8-7 on the season.
Delaware State returns to action on Saturday at North Carolina Central. Game time is 4:00 p.m. in Durham, N.C.