FORT WORTH, TX - John Roberson scored eight of his 21 points in a game-turning run that finally put No. 23 Texas Tech ahead as the Red Raiders overcame an early 14-point deficit to beat TCU 80-70 Tuesday night.
The Red Raiders (9-0) played their first game as a ranked team since the end of the 2004-05 season, and first for Pat Knight since he succeeded father Bobby as coach in February 2008. They are off to their best start in seven decades - since a 12-0 start in 1929-30.
Zvonko Buljan had 24 points and 10 rebounds for TCU (5-4). Texas Tech didn't lead until Theron Jenkins made a free throw with 16:09 left to break a 44-all tie. He was intentionally fouled at midcourt after stealing a pass and the whistle nullified his breakaway slam dunk.
The Red Raiders then maintained possession because of the intentional foul, and Roberson hit a 3-pointer. After a TCU miss, Brad Reese hit to make it 50-44, culminating the 24-3 run that
wiped out their 14-point deficit.