Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Evans lifts third-seed Texas Tech past Florida in thriller

Evans lifts third-seed Texas Tech past Florida in thriller

Now that is some Raider Power if we've ever seen it.

March makes stars, and senior Keenan Evans has led the Red Raiders to this point, and got them into the second weekend.

Evans, who finished with a team-high 22 points, scored the last of them on a jumper from the right wing with 2:34 left for a 67-64 lead. Texas Tech has a reputation for slowing teams down, and Florida can get bogged down in its halfcourt offense.

On the season, Florida basketball averages 76.1 points, 35.1 rebounds and 13.0 assists per game. Evans penetrated the Florida defense with 30 seconds to go to send a lob pass Smith's way, and Tech fans knew the rest. Conversely for Florida within that same stretch, the Gators missed four consecutive three-point shots from the 10:03 mark to the 8:19 mark of the second half. Zhaire Smith, a freshman from Garland, added 18 points, and 9 rebounds, while freshman Jarrett Culver tallied 11 points and 9 rebounds for the Red Raiders. Next Friday, March 23, they will play the victor of Purdue vs Butler in Boston, at TD Garden. The Red Raiders had three players finish in double figures.

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Gators finish the year 21-13, and Chris Chiozza and Egor Koulechov's careers have officially come to a close in Gainesville. The Gators are now 4-2 in The Big Dance under head coach Mike White and 1-1 in second-round games (10-4 all-time).

What it means: Florida failed to advance to the Sweet 16 (or Elite Eight) of an NCAA Tournament for the first time in six tries since 2010. The Gators ultimately made just three of its final 14 attempts to end the half with Koulechov's tip-drill buzzer-beating layup giving the lower seed a one-point advantage at the break.

Up next: Chiozza and Koulechov are gone.

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