Stephen F. Austin
Texas Tech kept teasing a comeback in the second half, but SFA maintained at least a three point lead until the refs took over with eight and a half to go in the game.
Tech guard David Moretti fouled SFA forward Samuli Nieminen, which put Nieminen to the line with a 1 and 1. However, the zebras went to the monitor and determined that Nieminen elbowed Moretti in the face, so Nieminen was issued a technical foul. Keenan Evans converted both of Tech’s free throws to bring the Red Raiders within one. They tied it up a minute later, and both teams traded baskets for the next few minutes.
Texas Tech took the lead for the first time in the second half with 3:42 thanks to a Keenan Evans layup. Tech would carry a three point lead to the under four timeout. Tech guard Brandone Francis hit a three right out of the timeout, and it was all Red Raiders from there. Their lead was only six, but it felt twice that because of how close the game was.