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Evans leads No. 24 Texas Tech over Kennesaw State 82-53

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech took advantage of another chance to get the school's first win as a ranked team in almost eight years.

Coach Chris Beard is looking for more after Keenan Evans scored 16 points in an 82-53 victory over Kennesaw State on Wednesday night.

''I respect the question, but rankings didn't really play into this,'' Beard said. ''We've got to get the program to the point we're not talking about being ranked. We're talking about, `What are we ranked?'

''We've got to get the program to the point we're not making the tournament but winning the tournament.''

The Red Raiders were ranked 22nd two weeks ago when they lost to Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden and fell out of the Top 25. They returned after handing then-No. 22 Nevada its first loss last week.

Texas Tech (8-1) rolled to a 42-19 halftime lead, holding the Owls to 4-of-19 shooting and outrebounding them 26-10. Kennesaw State (1-8) shot 33 percent for the game.

Tommy Hamilton IV and Zach Smith scored 11 points each and Justin Gray added 10 for the Red Raiders, whose previous win as a ranked team was against UTEP on Jan. 3, 2010.

James Scott scored 19 points for the Owls and Tyler Hooker had 14, going 9 of 11 on free throws. Kennesaw State made more free throws (20) than field goals (14).

''It was everything I expected,'' Kennesaw State coach Al Skinner said. ''They defend well. They've got depth. They're physical at every position. Because of that, it's going to allow them to be in a lot of basketball games.''

Texas Tech entered the rankings last month for the first time since the 2009-10 season, when the Red Raiders started 9-0, were ranked as high as 16th and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT.

Kennesaw State went almost 10 minutes without a field goal in the first half and trailed 34-9 when that drought ended on a jumper by Scott with 4:26 left before halftime.

''I feel like this game was a validation game,'' Gray said. ''Every time you get ranked, you have to validate it. I think we did that, and everyone had fun.''

BIG PICTURE

Kennesaw State: Texas Tech was the latest opponent in a tough nonconference schedule that included Butler, Florida State and Washington. The Owls hope it will prepare them to be competitive in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders knew the game against Nevada was a chance to redeem themselves for the loss to Seton Hall and have a chance to return to the rankings. Now that they've done it, they have got a good shot at being in the poll when Big 12 play starts.

NCAA MEMORY

Beard was looking forward to his matchup with Skinner, who was coach at Boston College when he beat Bob Knight-led Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2007. Beard was an assistant to Knight that season.

UP NEXT

Kennesaw State: Bethune-Cookman at home Saturday.

Texas Tech: Rice on Saturday at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, the first game on its old home court since 1999 as what's being called ''Throwback Night.''

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Key Players
N. Masterson
21 G
K. Evans
12 G
26.8 Min. Per Game 26.8
17.9 Pts. Per Game 17.9
3.8 Ast. Per Game 3.8
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
53.7 Field Goal % 52.4
52.8 Three Point % 34.2
90.9 Free Throw % 78.3
  Defensive rebound by Texas Tech 3.0
  Tristan Jarrett missed 3-pt. jump shot 5.0
+ 2 Josh Webster made dunk 11.0
+ 2 Tristan Jarrett made jump shot, assist by Nick Masterson 36.0
  Defensive rebound by Kyle Clarke 48.0
  Brandone Francis missed 3-pt. jump shot 50.0
+ 1 Kyle Clarke made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:15
+ 1 Kyle Clarke made 1st of 2 free throws 1:15
  Personal foul on Davide Moretti 1:15
  Offensive rebound by Kyle Clarke 1:15
  Nick Masterson missed jump shot 1:15
Team Stats
Points 53 82
Field Goals 14-43 (32.6%) 32-61 (52.5%)
3-Pointers 5-16 (31.3%) 6-16 (37.5%)
Free Throws 20-28 (71.4%) 12-21 (57.1%)
Total Rebounds 21 43
Offensive 5 16
Defensive 14 22
Team 2 5
Assists 5 12
Steals 5 8
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 13 13
Fouls 21 20
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 1 REB
16 PTS, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Kennesaw State 1-8 193453
home team logo 24 Texas Tech 8-1 424082
Team Stats
away team logo Kennesaw State 1-8 72.7 PPG 36.2 RPG 14.9 APG
home team logo 24 Texas Tech 8-1 74.6 PPG 39.2 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
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J. Scott G PPG RPG APG FG%
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K. Evans G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Scott G 19 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
K. Evans G 16 PTS 0 REB 2 AST
32.6 FG% 52.5
31.3 3PT FG% 37.5
71.4 FT% 57.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Scott 35 19 1 0 1 0 2 4 7/15 3/6 2/2 0 1
T. Hooker 26 14 0 0 1 0 2 2 2/9 1/3 9/11 0 0
N. Masterson 30 8 2 4 1 0 3 3 3/7 1/4 1/2 1 1
J. Jones 32 2 3 0 0 2 0 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 3
K. Jankovic 24 2 3 1 0 0 3 2 0/4 0/1 2/2 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Scott 35 19 1 0 1 0 2 4 7/15 3/6 2/2 0 1
T. Hooker 26 14 0 0 1 0 2 2 2/9 1/3 9/11 0 0
N. Masterson 30 8 2 4 1 0 3 3 3/7 1/4 1/2 1 1
J. Jones 32 2 3 0 0 2 0 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 3
K. Jankovic 24 2 3 1 0 0 3 2 0/4 0/1 2/2 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Clarke 14 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 5/6 1 3
T. Jarrett 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 0
B. Lockley 17 1 3 0 1 1 1 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 1 2
I. Mbuyamba 16 0 2 0 1 0 1 5 0/1 0/0 0/3 1 1
A. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 53 19 5 5 3 13 21 14/43 5/16 20/28 5 14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Evans 16 16 0 2 1 0 2 1 6/10 4/7 0/0 0 0
J. Gray 18 10 6 1 0 0 1 2 4/4 0/0 2/2 3 3
N. Odiase 15 9 8 2 1 0 1 2 4/5 0/0 1/4 4 4
Za. Smith 16 8 6 1 2 1 1 1 4/8 0/0 0/0 2 4
N. Stevenson 16 4 3 4 1 0 2 2 1/4 0/2 2/4 2 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Evans 16 16 0 2 1 0 2 1 6/10 4/7 0/0 0 0
J. Gray 18 10 6 1 0 0 1 2 4/4 0/0 2/2 3 3
N. Odiase 15 9 8 2 1 0 1 2 4/5 0/0 1/4 4 4
Za. Smith 16 8 6 1 2 1 1 1 4/8 0/0 0/0 2 4
N. Stevenson 16 4 3 4 1 0 2 2 1/4 0/2 2/4 2 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Hamilton IV 14 11 3 0 0 0 2 2 4/11 1/2 2/2 1 2
Zh. Smith 24 11 2 0 1 0 1 2 4/7 1/2 2/3 1 1
J. Culver 22 6 3 1 1 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 2/4 1 2
M. Ondigo 11 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 1 2
B. Francis 20 2 3 0 0 0 1 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 1 2
J. Webster 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Sorrells 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
A. Benson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
P. Hicks 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
D. Moretti 13 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0
A. Vilarino 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
H. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 207 82 38 12 8 1 13 20 32/61 6/16 12/21 16 22