Texas Tech basketball: Bob Knight’s most memorable moments as a Red Raider

Portrait of legendary basketball coach Bob Knight at Texas Tech on July 28, 2006.
Portrait of legendary basketball coach Bob Knight at Texas Tech on July 28, 2006. /
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Texas Tech beats No. 2 KU on Valentine’s Day

Romance was not top of mind for a sold-out crowd in Lubbock on Valentine’s Day of 2005 when Knight and his team hosted No. 2 Kansas.  Not having beaten the Jayhawks since 1999 when Rayford Young almost single-handedly took down the Jayhawks in Lubbock with a 41-point outburst, Red Raider fans were thirsty for another taste of success against the Big 12’s premiere program.

KU entered the game 20-1 on the season and 10-0 in the conference.  Meanwhile, Tech was 15-6 overall and 7-3 in league play.

Freshman Darryl Dora was the star of the game.  Though he had only 11 points and one rebound, he was without question the most memorable Red Raider from the 2-OT 80-79 win thanks to his game-winning 3-pointer with just 3.6 seconds remaining.

Leading Tech in scoring that night was Martin Zeno who put up 24 points.  Meanwhile, point guard Ronald Ross contributed 21 points and 11 rebounds.

It was Dora’s night to shine though.  Forever remembered by Red Raiders as the “Kansas Killer” thanks to this legendary shot and the night he scored 19 points to topple down KU in Lubbock in January of 2007, he stepped back and sank his game-winning shot without hesitation despite being 0-4 from deep at the time he let it fly.

Following the game, Tech fans stormed the court and hoisted Dora onto their shoulders in one of the most chaotic moments to date in program history.  It was only the second time Tech had ever beaten KU and it was one of the most memorable regular-season wins of Knight’s career.