The West Texas A&M Buffaloes are going to the Elite Eight for the first time since the 97-98 season.

The Buffs beat UT-Permian Basin 95-87 on Tuesday night at the First United Bank Center in Canyon to win the South-Central Region championship.

WT ran out to a 20-point lead but UTPB chipped away in the second half and pulled within four with just under three minutes to play.  However, Jordan Evans hit a huge three to push the lead back to seven, and the Buffs would hit enough free throws to hold on down the stretch.

WT hit 15, 3-point baskets, led by the South Central Regional MVP David Chavlovich, who finished with 5 treys and 28 points, and Jordan Evans, who also hit 5 3-pointers and had 26 points, that included 11 of 13 free throws.

The Buffs will head to Souix Falls, South Dakota for the Elite Eight, March 20-24.