Southland Conference

Evans, Texas Tech surge late, top Stephen F Austin 70-60

Keenan Evans split through defenders, made a layup and then paused briefly to give a quick pose to the camera under the basket.

After Texas Tech lost in the NCAA Tournament two years ago and didn't even make the field last season, the All- Big 12 senior guard has earned some time in the spotlight before finishing his college career. He'll get at least one more game.

The third-seeded Red Raiders avoided another first-round exit when Evans scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime and they surged late to top Stephen F. Austin 70-60 on Thursday night.

"He was just making plays, kind of forcing the issue in the first half," fellow senior Justin Gray said of...