Sunday, February 22, 2009

Texas A&M 79, Texas Tech 73

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As he walked off the United Spirit Arena stage after his post-game news conference, Pat Knight asked if there will be a collection for the fine he expects to receive from the Big 12 Conference.

Coaches usually draw fines when criticizing officials and Knight didn't hold back following Saturday's 79-73 loss to Texas A&M.

"I don't care right now what the Big 12 thinks," Knight said. "They tell us to send tapes in and that obviously doesn't work. Call (someone in the league office) and talk to them ... it's just tough. I don't care about me, it's my kids. My kids bust their butt and they have enough of a time playing against A&M let alone have somebody else they have to play against. I just think it's a shame. Take nothing away from A&M, but we play at home and they get 50 free throws and I have, shoot, four guys that foul out. It's just not right."

The Aggies attempted 55 free throws (and made 30), while the Red Raiders attempted 22 (and made 16). Four Tech players - Robert Lewandowski, Esmir Rizvic, John Roberson and Nick Okorie - fouled out.

A&M (19-8, 5-7) scored 19 points in the final 6:05 and only three came on field goals. The Aggies were in the one-and-one situation for the final 8:38 of the game and the Red Raiders put them in the double bonus at the 5:08 mark after picking up their 10th team foul of the half...(Continue reading Jeff Walker's article: Knight lashes out at referees after Aggies' win.)