By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) – Steve Alford still hasn’t beaten his former coach.
Andre Emmett, Bob Knight’s current star player at Texas Tech, scored 23 points – including the last six in a 10-0 first-half run that snapped an early tie – and the Red Raiders beat Iowa 65-59 Monday night.
Alford was the best player on the last of Knight’s three national championship teams in 1987 at Indiana, where he was part of 92 wins in his career. They also shared an Olympic gold medal in 1984.
But as a coach, Alford is 0-3 against Knight.
Texas Tech (10-2) has won six straight games since losing 62-59 in another Dallas appearance three weeks ago at SMU. Pierre Pierce had 18 points for the Hawkeyes (6-2), who have lost their last two games.
Despite their mutual respect for each other, Alford didn’t speak at length with Knight after taking the Iowa job in 1999 until calling his former coach in January when his own team was struggling and he needed to talk to somebody about it.
Still, both coaches insisted in the week leading up to the game that there are no problems with their relationship.
Before Monday night’s game, their first against each other since Alford’s first year at Iowa, the former player walked over to meet Knight. The two embraced lightly near midcourt and had an extended conversation, Alford smiling widely while Knight talked with his arm draped over the shoulder of his former player.
Once the game started, Emmett took over and Alford’s smile was gone.
Darryl Dora’s tip-in broke a 6-6 tie five minutes in to put the Red Raiders ahead to stay. He then followed an Iowa turnover with a jumper.
Emmett’s scored three straight baskets after that, starting with a 15-foot jumper and a tip-in after another turnover. Emmett then had a steal and drove for a layup to give Tech a 16-6 lead.
Iowa didn’t get closer than eight points before halftime, when Emmett already had 16 points and the Red Raiders led 39-27.
The Hawkeyes opened the second half with a 9-2 run, getting to 41-35 after 3-pointers by Jeff Horner and Pierce.
But even when Texas Tech went more than six minutes without scoring midway through the second half, Iowa scored just nine points to make it 52-48. With a chance to cut the deficit to two, the Hawkeyes missed three shots on the same possession.
Josh Washington’s two free throws with 5:35 left broke Tech’s scoring drought and Iowa never got closer.
Knight was still at Indiana the first two times he went against Alford. Southwest Missouri lost 78-66 to the Hoosiers in 1997-98, and Alford’s first Iowa team lost 74-71 four years ago.
Unless there is an Iowa-Texas Tech matchup in the NCAA tournament, Alford won’t get another shot against Knight until they play in a planned game next December in Chicago.