After losing just four times in their first 22 games, the West Virginia Mountaineers have now lost five of their last six games.
On Monday evening it was the Texas Longhorns (17-11, 7-8 Big 12) beating WVU (19-9, 7-7) 67-57 in Austin. It was also the Mountaineer’s seventh Big 12 loss on the road this season. The loss also drops WVU into a tie for fourth place in the Big 12.
After a slow start to the game for both teams, the Longhorns went on a 13-0 run and jumped out to a 17-8 lead. Sophomore Andrew Jones scored the final 11 points of the 13-point run.
West Virginia responded to Texas’s 13-0 run by going on their own 12-2 run to bring the Longhorn lead to just 19-18. The Mountaineers’ success did not last long, however, as Texas proceeded to go on an 8-0 and finished the first half up 34-28.
West Virginia could never go on the run they needed in the second half and lost by 10 points.
With four players out due to injury, Texas entered Monday’s game with a short bench, playing just eight players in the game. Four UT players had four or more fouls, with one fouling out.
Jones was the game’s leading scorer, finishing with 22 points on 7-13 shooting with five threes. Behind him was Courtney Ramey with 21 points on 9-14 shooting and three threes. As a team, the Longhorns shot 22-42 (52.4%) from the floor and made x threes.
WVU was led by freshman Oscar Tshiebwe who had 14 points and six rebounds. Sean McNeil scored 13 points, making three three-pointers and Derek Culver scored 12 and had six rebounds. The Mountaineers went 10-21 from the free-throw line.
West Virginia will return home this weekend to have a rematch against Oklahoma on Saturday. Tip-off between the Mountaineers and Sooners from the WVU Coliseum is set for 4 p.m.