Lubbock, Texas – The West Virginia Mountaineers (12-8, 2-7) earned their first conference road victory in nearly two years after beating the Texas Tech Raiders (10-10, 0-8) 76-61 on Wednesday night. Declared. WVU guard Joe Toussaint led all scorers with 22 points.
After starting the game 1-7 off the floor, recording five turnovers, and tying the game 10-2 at the first media timeout, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins removed all starters from the floor. , guard Seth Wilson filled the 3 to close the gap on 10. -5 at 14:29 in the first half.
Point guard Joe Toussaint hit a deep 3 as the shot clock slowed, and Wilson banked a second 3 of the second half to cut the deficit to 3, and were 18-15 nine minutes into the first half.
Texas Tech guard Kerwin Walton fouled WVU guard Eric Stevenson on reach and reacted by slamming the ball to the floor and was assessed a technical foul. Stevenson hit a pair of technicals and both free throws in the bonus to give the Mountaineers their first lead of Game 22-21 with 4:26.
West Virginia claimed a five-point advantage after kicking Tre Mitchell for 3 in the left corner as Stevenson drove into the basket and the Mountaineers led 33–28 at halftime.
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The second half began with the sound of a whistle, and Texas Tech head coach Mark Adams had seen enough and ran to midcourt in protest, picking up a technical foul in the process. Stevenson was again on the receiving end of his throw on his four consecutive frees, pushing the Mountaineers’ lead to 7, 38-31.
A 6-0 spurt put the Red Raiders back within one, but Wilson quickly put in a three and West Virginia put the Mountaineers back to four. 41-37, 14:07 mark in the first half.
Wilson’s aggressive rebound and forward James Okonkwo’s dish led to a bucket and a foul, which allowed Okonkwo to complete a three-point play and give the Mountaineers an eight-point lead with less than nine minutes remaining.
West Virginia forward Mohamed Wage extended the Mountaineers lead to 10 with a two-handed slap. Then Joe Toussaint hit a contested runner after Tech made it 1-2 from the free-throw line, and WVU held his 65-44 advantage in his four minutes. remain in the game.
Going into the game, the Mountaineers were shooting the Big 12’s worst 64.2% from the free line, but scored 80% on the night, including 7-8, as West Virginia won 76-61.
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