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Red Raider rally falls short as No. 3 Kansas holds on for an 80-79 victory

Posted: February 11, 2017 - 5:12pm

With the game tied at 79 and 5.4 seconds left on the clock, Josh Jackson took the ball to the basket and got fouled.

The Kansas freshman had missed the front end of a one-and-one earlier and he missed his first shot from the line before he sank the second.

That left Keenan Evans to put up a desperation shot from half court that didn’t fall as No. 3 Kansas was able to hang on for the 80-79 victory.

While Jackson finished with 31, a trio of Red Raiders stepped up offensively to carry Texas Tech back from a 12-point deficit to take a lead in the second half and have the game go back and forth until the end.

Keenan Evans led the charge with 25 points, 17 of which he had in the first half.

In the final period, Zach Smith and Niem Stevenson stepped up their games.

Those two had six and eight points at the half and finished with 21 and 22 points respectively to go with 10 rebounds a piece for a pair of double-doubles.

Stevenson’s 22 were a career high.

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