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Dec. 16, 2004

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By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

DALLAS (AP) – Tony Stockman had 23 points, including three 3-pointers in the stretch in which Ohio State regained the lead, leading the Buckeyes to a 77-71 win over Texas Tech and alumnus Bob Knight on Thursday night.

Stockman then hit four free throws in the final 28 seconds to seal the game for the Buckeyes (7-2).

Texas Tech (5-2), which trailed by 13 in the first half, didn’t lead until Curtis Marshall’s 3-pointer with 9:45 left made it 56-55. The teams then traded baskets before Ohio State had four straight 3-pointers, three by Stockton and one by Matt Sylvester, to lead 69-64 with just over five minutes left.

The Red Raiders managed to tie the game at 71 after five straight points by Martin Zeno. The freshman converted a three-point play and drove for a layup after an Ohio State miss.

But Texas Tech didn’t score again in the final three minutes.

Sylvester tipped in Stockman’s missed 3-pointer for the go-ahead basket with 2:43 left. The Red Raiders missed five shots and had a turnover their last six possessions.

Terence Dials had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes. Brandon Fuss-Cheatham had 12 points – all before halftime. Stockman had five of Ohio State’s nine 3-pointers.

Zeno led Texas Tech with 20 points, and Marshall had 13.

Knight played on Ohio State’s national championship team in 1960 and was interested in coaching his alma mater after Jim O’Brien was fired in June. But athletic director Andy Geiger didn’t interview Knight and hired Thad Matta from Xavier.

The Buckeyes played just their second game since Dec. 1, a stretch during which the school imposed a one-year ban on postseason play in response to $6,000 the university said O’Brien gave a recruit who never played there.

Ohio State scored the game’s first six points and never trailed in the first half. The largest lead was 37-24 at the four-minute mark after Fuss-Cheatham hit a 3-pointer, his second in just less than two minutes.

Texas Tech had won four straight games by an average margin of 37 points since its only other loss, an 83-68 defeat at TCU on Nov. 23.