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Evans scores 32, Texas Tech tops No. 22 Nevada 82-76 in OT

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech bounced back from a loss that knocked the Red Raiders out of the Top 25 by beating Nevada in the Wolf Pack's first game in the poll in 10 years.

Keenan Evans scored 25 of his career-high 32 points in the second half and overtime and the Red Raiders rallied from 11 points down after halftime to beat No. 22 Nevada 82-76 on Tuesday night.

''Every game is big game to me but this one I guess was big because we're trying to get back in the rankings,'' said Zhaire Smith, who opened overtime with a dunk that put Texas Tech ahead for good. ''That was a ranked team and if we didn't win that, it was going to be hard to get back in the rankings until Big 12 play.''

Caleb Martin scored a season-high 28 points and twin brother Cody Martin matched his best of the season with 22 in the Wolf Pack's first game as a ranked team since finishing the 2006-07 season at No. 15. Nevada (8-1) was off to its best start as a Division I school (since 1970).

The Red Raiders (7-1) went without a field goal for the final 5 minutes of regulation but made six straight free throws down the stretch, including two from Justin Gray with 23 seconds left to force overtime at 70-70.

Evans scored eight in the extra period, six on free throws as he went 13 of 19 from the line. The Red Raiders were 26 of 38 on free throws to 14 of 17 for the Wolf Pack.

''I thought free throws attempted was the difference in the game,'' Nevada coach Eric Musselman said. ''I thought we shot the ball well enough to win. I thought we defended for sure.''

Evans had eight rebounds to lead the Red Raiders, who were coming off a loss to Seton Hall that knocked them out of the Top 25 the same week they got in.

Caleb Martin was 6 of 12 from 3-point range, including one that gave the Wolf Pack their biggest lead of the second half at 50-39 with just under 13 minutes to go. Martin had another 3 to get Nevada within two in overtime, but Smith answered with a layup.

''Patience isn't one of my strengths,'' Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. ''I give our staff a lot of credit tonight. We didn't have any panic timeouts. We didn't really get negative. We stayed positive.''

Niem Stevenson scored 11 for Texas Tech, and Smith had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Kendall Stephens scored 15 points for Nevada, and Jordan Caroline had a game-high 12 rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

Nevada: It's a disappointing return to the Top 25 for the Wolf Pack considering they were up 11 in the second half. But the Martin twins having their best game together was an encouraging sign. And Nevada was in position to win despite a poor shooting night from Caroline (2 of 9).

Texas Tech: This was probably the best test remaining for the Red Raiders before the start of Big 12 play. It might have been enough to get them back in the poll, and Beard was complimentary of a rowdy student turnout that he thought helped with the comeback.

TURNABOUT

The Wolf Pack had a season-high 21 turnovers after committing a season-low five in an otherwise ragged win at UC Irvine. ''We're a tired group,'' Musselman said. ''That's our fifth road game. I thought as the game wore on, the toll of travel, we didn't play very good at Irvine the other night.''

UP NEXT

Nevada: Another ranked opponent in No. 20 TCU on Friday on a neutral court in Los Angeles.

Texas Tech: Kennesaw State at home on Dec. 13.

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Key Players
Co. Martin
K. Evans
28.0 Min. Per Game 28.0
21.8 Pts. Per Game 21.8
2.5 Ast. Per Game 2.5
2.5 Reb. Per Game 2.5
53.8 Field Goal % 55.4
10.0 Three Point % 28.0
69.2 Free Throw % 75.0
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Caroline 3.0
  Keenan Evans missed 2nd of 2 free throws 3.0
+ 1 Keenan Evans made 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Personal foul on Jordan Caroline 3.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin Gray 10.0
  Cody Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot 12.0
+ 1 Keenan Evans made 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
  Keenan Evans missed 1st of 2 free throws 20.0
  Personal foul on Hallice Cooke 20.0
  Defensive rebound by Jarrett Culver 24.0
  Caleb Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot 26.0
Team Stats
Points 76 82
Field Goals 25-59 (42.4%) 26-62 (41.9%)
3-Pointers 12-30 (40.0%) 4-16 (25.0%)
Free Throws 14-17 (82.4%) 26-38 (68.4%)
Total Rebounds 38 38
Offensive 4 9
Defensive 27 25
Team 7 4
Assists 13 8
Steals 8 10
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 20 12
Fouls 27 14
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
32 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
12OTT
away team logo 22 Nevada 8-1 3634676
home team logo Texas Tech 7-1 31391282
Team Stats
away team logo 22 Nevada 8-1 80.1 PPG 40.1 RPG 14.6 APG
home team logo Texas Tech 7-1 72.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
10
Ca. Martin F 19.2 PPG 5.1 RPG 2.8 APG 40.9 FG%
00
K. Evans G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
Ca. Martin F 28 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
K. Evans G 32 PTS 8 REB 3 AST
42.4 FG% 41.9
40.0 3PT FG% 25.0
82.4 FT% 68.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Ca. Martin 28 5 1 10/19 6/12 2/2 4 45 1 0 4 0 5
Co. Martin 22 5 3 8/12 0/2 6/7 4 45 2 1 7 1 4
K. Stephens 15 0 0 5/13 5/11 0/0 4 38 0 0 2 0 0
J. Caroline 6 12 2 2/9 1/3 1/2 3 42 3 0 2 0 12
L. Drew 2 2 4 0/3 0/1 2/2 5 21 0 1 2 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Ca. Martin 28 5 1 10/19 6/12 2/2 4 45 1 0 4 0 5
Co. Martin 22 5 3 8/12 0/2 6/7 4 45 2 1 7 1 4
K. Stephens 15 0 0 5/13 5/11 0/0 4 38 0 0 2 0 0
J. Caroline 6 12 2 2/9 1/3 1/2 3 42 3 0 2 0 12
L. Drew 2 2 4 0/3 0/1 2/2 5 21 0 1 2 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
H. Cooke 3 2 0 0/1 0/0 3/4 1 14 0 0 0 1 1
E. Foster 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
J. Hall 0 5 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 5 17 1 0 3 1 4
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Tooley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Amadi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 31 13 25/59 12/30 14/17 27 225 8 2 20 4 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Evans 32 8 3 9/20 1/6 13/19 1 39 2 0 6 0 8
N. Stevenson 11 1 0 5/8 0/2 1/3 1 20 0 0 1 1 0
J. Gray 6 7 0 2/8 0/2 2/2 2 33 1 1 1 2 5
Za. Smith 3 1 0 1/5 0/0 1/1 4 28 0 2 2 0 1
N. Odiase 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 1 0 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Evans 32 8 3 9/20 1/6 13/19 1 39 2 0 6 0 8
N. Stevenson 11 1 0 5/8 0/2 1/3 1 20 0 0 1 1 0
J. Gray 6 7 0 2/8 0/2 2/2 2 33 1 1 1 2 5
Za. Smith 3 1 0 1/5 0/0 1/1 4 28 0 2 2 0 1
N. Odiase 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 1 0 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Zh. Smith 10 6 3 3/5 0/1 4/6 1 30 4 1 0 2 4
D. Moretti 9 0 1 2/4 2/3 3/3 0 22 1 0 0 0 0
T. Hamilton IV 7 0 0 3/5 1/1 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0
J. Culver 4 7 1 1/6 0/1 2/4 3 30 2 0 2 3 4
B. Francis 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
A. Sorrells - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Benson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ondigo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Vilarino - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Webster - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 34 8 26/62 4/16 26/38 14 225 10 5 12 9 25