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No. 5 Texas Beats Up on West Virginia, 94-60



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In the second matchup of the season, No. 5 Texas blew out West Virginia, 94-60. The Mountaineers showed up for the first eight minutes of the game and that was about it.

With the win, Texas (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) sweeps West Virginia (15-10, 4-8 Big 12) in the regular season.

In the early stages of the game, WVU F Emmitt Matthews drove into the paint with the officials calling a charge on the fifth-year senior. After another possession, the officials went to review the play, which they reversed the call. Matthews was awarded the basket but did not get his and-one free throw.

Matthews’ fast 4-for-4 start set the pace for his Saturday afternoon. The Washington native had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Matthews also had five rebounds.

Other than Matthews, West Virginia’s offense struggled to get anything going. Matthews was the only player to score in double-figures. Erik Stevenson, Tre Mitchell, Keddy Johnson and Joe Toussaint all combined for 16 points.

West Virginia turned the ball over 20 times against the Longhorns. Texas capped off a great first half by turning Joe Toussaint over, resulting in a Sir’Jabari Rice dunk.

Rice finished with a game high of 24 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Rice made 100 percent of his free throws.

WVU head coach Bob Huggins threw the end of the bench into the game for the final eight minutes. Patrick Suemnick and Josiah Harris played quality minutes. Harris scored eight points, while Suemnick had seven.

Mitchell played Texas in Austin for the first time since transferring last spring. Mitchell spent one season at Texas before entering the transfer portal. Mitchell ended up at WVU in May.

Mitchell struggled to get it going, with the game getting in his head. Mitchell finished with four points on 1-of-3 shooting.

Texas shot 24-of-25 from the free throw line.

West Virginia will stay in the state of Texas until Monday night when they play against No. 14 Baylor in Waco. The Mountaineers  and Bears will tip off at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.

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