Texas Tech Hands #22/24 Nevada First Loss in Overtime
Keenan Evans scored 25 of his career-high 32 points in the second half and overtime and Texas Tech rallied from 11 points down in the second half to beat No. 22 Nevada 82-76 on Tuesday night.
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 2007. 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.
Zhaire Smith put Texas Tech ahead for good on a dunk to start overtime, and Evans scored eight in the extra period, six on free throws as he went 13 of 19 from the line.
Evans also 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.
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.
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.
UP NEXT Nevada: Another ranked opponent in No. 20 TCU on Friday on a neutral court in Los Angeles.