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DALLAS (AP) — Keenan Evans keeps making large plays, extending Texas Tech’s time of year – and his time with second-year head coach Chris Beard.

They have got another game with the Red Raiders headed to the NCAA Tournament’s Lovely 16 for the first time since 2005.

Evans, who treats every game such as senior night and doesn’t wish to be done, scored 22 points plus hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer along with 2 minutes left as third-seeded Texas Tech beat Florida 69-66 on Saturday night.

“As time clock runs down, you look at it such as, ‘I don’t want my period to be over. ‘ These guys are identical way, ” Evans said regarding the other Tech seniors.

While the following loss will end All-Big twelve guard Evans’ career, high-flying junior Zhaire Smith is just getting started.

Jones had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and had been on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass from Evans with twenty nine seconds left for a punctuating dunk to send the Red Raiders (26-9) to Boston for a matchup towards Purdue or Butler next Fri night.

“He has no ceiling, inch Evans said of Smith.

Philip Chiozza did go the length of the particular court for a Florida layup along with 25 seconds left before Evans lost the ball when fighting the through a double-team after the inbound complete.

The Gators gathered the basketball after a wild scramble. Egor Koulechov and KeVaughn Allen both got 3-point attempts in the final ten seconds that came up brief.

Florida (21-13) fell short of the particular Sweet 16 – and the Top notch Eight – for the first time in their final six NCAA Tournament appearances. The final time they didn’t even achieve the Sweet 16 was in the year 2010, when the SEC team lost the first-round game to BYU.

Jalen Hudson led third-year coach Paul White’s Gators with 23 factors. Koulechov had 12 and Chiozza, their All-SEC point guard, had eleven.

Texas Tech quickly erased the five-point deficit midway through the 2nd half with nine straight factors. Evans scored nine of those, plus Smith – wo had a 360-spin alley-oop dunk from Evans within the tourney opener Thursday – shipped a follow-up slam.

Evans went the baseline for a reverse layup put the Red Raiders up 51-50. After Smith’s slam, Evans a new nifty spin move for a jumper and then added a three-point perform after that.

Jarrett Culver, the home town freshman for Texas Tech, got 11 points and nine rebounds.

Texas Tech hasn’t been to the Fairly sweet 16 since Beard was a good assistant coach for Bobby Dark night. But this is only the third NCAA appearance since for the Red Raiders.

After his time coaching upon Knight’s staff, and then for Dab Knight, Beard left Tech for further than a decade before coming back 2 yrs ago when Tubby Smith remaining for Memphis.


Simply weeks before returning to Lubbock, right after briefly holding the UNLV work, Beard’s Arkansas-Little Rock team annoyed Purdue in the first round from the 2016 NCAA Tournament as part of thirty wins in his only season presently there.

The Boilermakers, who on Weekend play for a chance to get to the particular Sweet 16, surely remember that.

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