|BOB KNIGHT Still tied with Dean Smith|
Knight's number isn't called in loss to UNLV
Steve Alford, John Havlicek, Jerry Tarkanian, and Fuzzy Zoeller traveled to cotton country to see Bob Knight make history.
If they don't mind sticking around a few days, they can watch him try again.
Knight's Texas Tech team fell behind UNLV early and never recovered, losing, 74-66, last night to leave him tied with Dean Smith atop the men's Division 1 win list.
Knight's next chance for No. 880 will come Monday at home against New Mexico.
Just to be safe -- and to be crusty, cranky Bob Knight -- he told his buddies "they might have to stay here three weeks."
About 30 of Knight's cronies showed up, ranging from Ohio State teammates such as Havlicek to former players at Army and Indiana, like Alford.
"I was really tickled," Knight said. "They are people I've known for a long time, and it's nice they keep track of [the record]. But it's not like a record in the Masters or breaking Babe Ruth's record."
Anticipation that Knight would break the record on his first try drew a crowd of 15,098, one of the largest in school history. Tech (10-4) came in as the nation's most-accurate 3-point shooting team, but made only 1 of 12. UNLV (12-2) was 11 of 25 from behind the arc.
UCLA 55, Washington St. 52 -- Darren Collison and Arron Afflalo scored 13 points each, Josh Shipp added 11 points, and the top-ranked Bruins overcame the Cougars' slowdown game in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.
The Bruins (12-0) are 50-1 against the Cougars in Los Angeles.
Derrick Low led the Cougars (11-2) with 14 points and Nikola Koprivica added 12, but missed a tying 3-pointer as time expired. Kyle Weaver had 10 rebounds.
St. John's 45, BU 44 -- Lamont Hamilton, who missed two free throws with the game tied and 2.2 seconds left in regulation, made one of two from the line with 1:05 left in overtime to give the Red Storm a victory over the Terriers in the opening round of the
St. John's (9-3), the two-time defending champions in the tournament, won their seventh straight game and will play Hofstra, which beat Saint Joseph's, 65-63, in the championship game tonight at Madison Square Garden.
After Hamilton missed the second free throw in overtime, BU (3-7) missed a chance to take the lead when Tyler Morris missed a 3-point attempt. Morris, who came in as the Terriers' leading scorer at 14.8 per game, finished with 8 on 3-for-12 shooting. Omari Peterkin led BU with 9 points and 11 rebounds.
UC Irvine 81, Harvard 48 -- Adam Templeton scored 18 points with six 3-pointers as the Anteaters (5-8) held the Crimson to a season-low 30 percent shooting at Irvine, Calif.
The Crimson (7-7) got 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds from senior Brian Cusworth.
Holy Cross 68, La Salle 48 -- Kyle Cruze scored a career-high 15 points and the Crusaders (7-5) hit 11 of 18 3-pointers in beating the Explorers in the first game of the La Salle Invitational in Philadelphia.
North Carolina 87, Rutgers 48 -- Brandan Wright had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the No. 2 Tar Heels past the visiting Scarlet Knights (6-6).
Fellow freshman Wayne Ellington added 17 points for North Carolina (11-1).
Arizona 94, California 85 -- Marcus Williams scored 21 points and Ivan Radenovic added 17 to help the No. 7 Wildcats beat the visiting Golden Bears for their 10th straight victory.
Arizona (10-1, 1-0 Pac-10) is unbeaten since losing its opener at Virginia Nov. 12, the school's longest win streak since 2003.
Texas A&M 101, Grambling St. 27 -- Josh Carter tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and the No. 11 Aggies (11-2) scored the first 28 points in a victory over visiting Grambling State.
USC 86, Washington 79 -- Nick Young scored 5 of his 25 points in the second overtime, Taj Gibson finished with 22, and host Southern California (11-3) upset the No. 14 Huskies (10-2) in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.
Nevada 89, Maine 69 -- Marcelus Kemp scored 20 points and Nick Fazekas added 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the No. 24 Wolf Pack (11-1) over the Black Bears in Reno, Nev. Junior Bernal scored 18 points to lead Maine (5-7), which shot only 38 percent from the floor.
Vermont 55, Cent. Conn. St. 48 -- Mike Trimboli had 12 points to lead the visiting Catamounts (8-5).
Baylor 89, N. Carolina A&T 40 -- Latara Darrett and Latoya Wyatt each scored 13 points to lead the No. 9 Lady Bears (12-1) to their ninth straight victory.
St. Joseph's 83, Northeastern 59 -- The Huskies (1-10) lost to their hosts in the first round of the Hawk Classic in Philadelphia. St. Joseph's (6-5) was led by Jen Oyler with 18 points while Lucia Pablos led the Huskies with a career-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. San Diego 76, Holy Cross 53 -- Kaitlin Foley scored 26 points to lead the visiting Crusaders (5-7) but the Toreros (10-2) had four players in double figures to win a first-round game in the Surf N Slam Tournament in San Diego.