LUBBOCK, Texas —Martin Zeno and Alan Voskuil combined for 44 points and Texas Tech survived a roller coaster second half for a 76-64 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.
Pat Knight evened his coaching record at 3-3 since his father, Bob Knight, resigned at Texas Tech this month.
The Red Raiders (15-11, 6-6 Big 12) started the second half on a 10-4 run helped by a 3-pointer by Voskuil. But Iowa State’s Sean Haluska answered with a 3 and the Cyclones (14-13, 4-8) countered with their own 9-4 run to whittle the lead to 63-62 with less than 5 minutes remaining.
Charlie Burgess hit his first basket of the game to start a 7-2 run that rebuilt the lead to 70-64.
On the Cyclones’ next possession, Tech’s Esmir Rizvic blocked Diante Garrett’s layup attempt. The Cyclones got the ball back but made an errant pass to turn the ball over.
Two free throws by Zeno with 1:12 remaining gave Tech its largest lead to that point. Rizvic got the outlet pass off another Cyclones turnover and dunked to push the margin to 74-64.
Zeno finished with 23 points and Voskuil added 21.
Iowa State got only two field goals in the final 5 minutes of the game. Jiri Hubalek finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds, Haluska added 15 points and Bryan Petersen had 14 for the Cyclones.
The win made it three straight for Tech over the Cyclones. It was Tech’s second straight victory this week, as the Red Raiders won their first Big 12 road game Wednesday night, beating Colorado 87-69.
Hubalek, who had his third double-double of the season by halftime, got his second 3-pointer of the half with less than 20 seconds remaining. But Voskuil hit from well beyond the 3-point line at the buzzer to whittle Tech’s halftime deficit to 33-31.