Purdue falls to Texas Tech in Sweet Sixteen, 78-65


Purdue falls to Texas Tech in Sweet Sixteen, 78-65

The Red Raiders made their final six shots of the half, while Purdue missed its last four and turned the ball over nine times in the first half overall against Tech's pressure defense.

Texas Tech received 16 points from Keenan Evans and 14 from Zach Smith.

Edwards was also asked what it meant for him to be a Boilermaker.

BOSTON (AP) - Chris Beard did it to Purdue again.

Texas Tech advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time program history thanks to an impressive 78-65 win over Purdue Friday night.

"Hair Adjustments" just made the box score.

"Elite", senior guard Keenan Evans corrected. "Why shouldn't we? We've got a great university". "We have a lot of faith in our whole roster, we use a lot of different guys and tonight was fitting. We just didn't get it done". "We're blessed to be here, but I think we've earned the right to be here". Offensively, Villanova has been led by Jalen Brunson (19.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.6 apg), Mikal Bridges (18.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.1 bpg), Donte DiVincenzo (12.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), and Omari Spellman (10.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg).

The Red Raiders (27-9) will face the top seed in the East Region, Villanova on Sunday in the Elite Eight.

"They've been the No. 1 team the whole season and are great all-around", Evans said. "We all got our own careers we're ready to head into and we'll kinda part ways a little bit, but when we come back for a reunion, no one can ever take away from us that we had the best-winning season in program history". This one wasn't close, thanks to a 52 percent second-half shooting percentage and a 34-30 rebounding edge. "It's our formula. It's not a secret".

The old phrase "defense" wins championships was on display on Friday night. "They're a very talented team, very athletic team, very well-coached, good defensive team, and they obviously got the best of us today".

After P.J. Thompson put Purdue up 25-20 with just less than four minutes remaining in the first, Texas Tech rallied off a 10-0 run to take a five-point lead into the break. But the Boilermakers allowed the Red Raiders 17 second-chance points.

Just as impressive was the job Tech did on Vincent Edwards. After breaking his right elbow in the first-round game against Cal State-Fullerton, he tried to convince Painter he could play; the Purdue engineering department even pitched in, designing a special brace for his right arm.

Redshirt freshman Matt Haarms stepped up in his spot, but was ineffective, only coming down with three rebounds. The 6-foot-3 player from Richardson, Texas has averaged 17.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game this season. "We feel like we have more work to do, and we're going to do that work".



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