For nine years Pat Knight sat on the bench beside his father, legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight, studying the tactics and mannerisms of one of the winningest coaches in NCAA basketball history.

It seems the younger Knight — now the head coach at Lamar — also picked up a bit of his father’s temper, too.

After a frustrating 62-52 loss to Stephen F. Austin on Thursday, Knight went off on his team’s lackluster effort and underperforming seniors for nearly eight minutes. No, he didn’t physically throw a chair. But sometimes words speak louder than actions.

“We’ve got the worst group of seniors I’ve ever been associated with,” Knight said. And that was just the beginning.

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The emotional outburst was hardly a rare occurrence for Knight, who was ejected during a Texas Tech-Nebraska game in 2009 after sprinting onto the court twice to berate an official. Later that season, Knight was suspended one game for criticizing officials after a game against Texas A&M. He was fired by the Red Raiders in March 2011 after compiling a 50-61 record in three-plus seasons.

Thursday’s loss dropped Lamar (17-11) back into the No. 4 seed for the Southland Conference tournament. The Cardinals have lost three of four.