BOSTON -- The dream will continue.
Thanks to double-digit scoring efforts from Zhaire Smith, Keenan Evans, Zach Smith and Justin Gray, who combined for 55 points, the No. 14 Texas Tech men's basketball team has added a page to the program's history books by defeating No. 11 Purdue 78-65 in the East Region semifinal game Friday inside TD Garden.
With the win, the Red Raiders (27-9) have reached the Elite Eight for the first time and are set to take on top-seeded Villanova in the regional final Sunday with a time to be determined.
If it is looking to advance to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas Tech must duplicate the same effort it put forth against the Boilermakers (30-7).
Texas Tech, which led by five points coming out of the locker room thanks to a 10-0 run to close out the final 3:43 of the first half, added to its lead and built it up to 37-31 by the 16:49 mark of the second half.
From that point on, the Red Raiders continued to apply pressure on offense and defense -- getting second-half, double-digit efforts from Zhaire Smith (13 points), Evans (12) and Zach Smith (10) -- before closing out a milestone win for the program.
Sophomore guard Carsen Edwards scored 30 for Purdue, but Tech dealt the second-seeded Boilermakers their worst loss of the season.
After both teams came out making shots, the Red Raiders and Boilermakers offenses came to a screeching halt.
Freshman Davide Moretti drained a 3-point goal from the right side, which capped a 7-0 run over the last two minutes, to knot the game up at 15-15 with 11:17 left in the first half.
It took about five minutes before Purdue's P.J. Thompson broke the tie by draining a 3 at the 5:59 mark. The Boilermakers increased their lead to five points twice with Thompson putting things at 25-20 thanks to his second and final trey of the first half.
The Red Raiders turned things around by ramping up their intensity and aggressiveness on both ends of the floor.
Texas Tech senior Niem Stevenson, who drew a foul on Purdue's Carson Edwards, made a pair of free throws to spark a late, double-digit run.
Justin Gray, another senior, followed it up by netting a pair of shots, the second of which gave the Red Raiders their first lead at 26-25 with a little over two minutes to play before halftime.
A Zach Smith tip-in and Evans layup put the bow on a 10-0 run that provided Tech with a 30-25 advantage as the teams went into their respective locker rooms.