Las Cruces, N.M. Will Chavis hit the second of two free throws with three seconds left in overtime Wednesday night as Texas Tech gave Bob Knight an 81-80 win over rival Lou Henson and New Mexico State.
Chavis missed the first free throw, the ball bouncing off the back of the rim. New Mexico State tried to ice Chavis by calling a timeout, giving Knight a chance to offer Chavis some advice.
"Make the last one, don't miss it," Knight told him.
The Red Raiders (5-1) rallied from a 72-66 deficit in the final 2 minutes of regulation, then traded baskets with the Aggies until Chavis was fouled by Dennis Trammell as Tech went for the last shot.
"We wanted to run the clock down to about 10 seconds," said Tech center Andy Ellis, who led the Red Raiders with 28 points. "We didn't want them to have time to take a shot. Will did a good job of penetrating and got fouled."
New Mexico State (3-1) had a chance to win it, but Eric Channing's 15-foot jumper from the baseline bounced off the rim.
Channing and Brandon Mason each scored 16 for New Mexico State. Trammell added 13, all in the final 7 minutes of regulation and overtime.
Kasib Powell added 17 points for Tech, and Chavis had 16.
Neither team was especially sharp, with Texas Tech committing 18 turnovers and the Aggies 14, 11 in the first half.
Knight was a big draw, with the crowd of 12,517 the largest for a New Mexico State home game in seven years.
The win gave Knight a 28-15 edge over Henson, and Knight said he'd be happy to keep the transplanted rivalry with Henson going.
C. Michigan 64
Norman, Okla. Aaron McGhee scored 19 points, and Hollis Price and Jason Detrick had 17 each as Oklahoma beat Central Michigan.
Texas-San Antonio 63
Lincoln, Neb. Brennon Clemmons scored all 14 of his points in the first half as Nebraska grabbed an early 11-point lead en route to a win over Texas-San Antonio. Jake Muhleisen had 16 for NU.