BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- Saint Joseph's went inside for one of its biggest baskets of the season.
Dwayne Jones made a short jumper with 13.4 seconds left to seal the top-seeded Hawks' 70-65 victory over No. 8 Texas Tech in the second round of the East Rutherford Region.
St. Joseph's (29-1) has lived and died - mostly lived - on its outside shooting all season. The Hawks were 12-of-31 from 3-point range, but it was Jones' basket from the lane that settled matters and sent them to the "Sweet 16" for the first time since 1997.
"This was one of the best games Dwayne Jones had," St. Joseph's guard Jameer Nelson said. "He only had three points, but I think he had 12 rebounds and he hit that big shot. Good things happen to good people."
Nelson scored 23 points and Pat Carroll drilled four 3-pointers to lead the long-range assault for St. Joseph's, which plays Wake Forest on Thursday.
"We're not a two-man team. We're not just a backcourt," outspoken Hawks coach Phil Martelli said. "This is a team. Each guy does what he can do and both Jameer and Delonte (West) can read situations."
Texas Tech (23-11) erased a 13-point deficit and tied it, 60-60, with just over five minutes remaining when Andre Emmett made 1-of-2 free throws. But the Red Raiders came up empty on four straight possessions late in the second half.
"Games are not won on great plays," Texas Tech coach Bob Knight said, "I think they are lost on mistakes throughout the game."
A handful of those mistakes came in the final 3 1/2 minutes. After a short jumper by freshman Darryl Dora got the Red Raiders within 63-62, Emmett missed a layup and Dora launched an airball.
Nelson pulled up at the top of the key and hit a 3-pointer with 2:33 remaining to make it 66-62 and, after Emmett misfired on a 3-pointer and freshman Jarrius Jackson missed a shot in the lane, made two free throws with 1:15 left.
"I am the leader of the team and the captain, and the team looks to me to take all the big shots and make the big plays," Nelson said. "And at that time, my team found me."
"I was trying to stay solid on defense and come back on offense and hit a bucket," said Emmett, who led Texas Tech with 18 points. "We had a few go in and out. They capitalized on them."
The Red Raiders raced to a 21-12 lead, but the Hawks took control with a 24-2 run, during which they held Texas Tech to one basket over eight minutes.
"I think we had such a disparity in play for a five- to six-minute stretch in the first half that it took a lot to fight back and have a chance at the end," Knight said. "But we did."
Texas Tech's comeback started with just under four minutes to go before halftime as a layup by Michael Marshall triggered an 8-0 run. The Red Raiders went to the locker room, trailing, 36-31.