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No. 7 Texas Holds Off West Virginia Late, 69-61



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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No. 7 Texas was able to hold off West Virginia late, defeating the Mountaineers, 69-61. The Longhorns went on a 6-0 run in the final two minutes.

Both West Virginia (11-8, 1-6 Big 12) and Texas (16-3, 5-2 Big 12) kept it close throughout the entirety of the game. The Longhorns’ biggest lead was eight points, while WVU’s was five.

Once again, turnovers and free throws decided West Virginia’s fate as the Mountaineers shot 72 percent from the line. West Virginia is 6-0 when shooting 74 percent or higher on the season.

WVU turned the ball over 20 times.

Kedrian Johnson had another good performance this week, with 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting. The Dallas native made important free throws down the stretch to keep WVU in the game. Johnson had a career-high 20 points against TCU on Wednesday.

WVU F Tre Mitchell played in his first game against Texas since transferring last spring. Mitchell played one season for the Longhorns under former head coach Chris Beard. Mitchell had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Fifth-year senior Erik Stevenson nailed a three-pointer from the corner with 30 seconds left in the first half. Stevenson’s three helped give West Virginia a two-point lead heading into the half.

WVU bigs Jimmy Bell and Mohamed Wague dealt with foul trouble throughout both halves. Sophomore James Okonkwo played important minutes for the Mountaineers.

Sophomore guard Seth Wilson hit a contested fadeaway three at the wing at the beginning of the second half. Wilson, who only played two minutes against TCU earlier in the week, recorded three points on 1-of-5 shooting.

WVU G Joe Toussaint played just 10 minutes against the Longhorns. Toussaint recorded most of his minutes late in the game.

2025 recruit EJ Walker was in attendance during his second unofficial visit to West Virginia. Walker spend time talking with WVU assistant DerMarr Johnson prior to the game.

West Virginia will take a couple of days off before traveling to Lubbock, Texas for a matchup with Texas Tech on Wednesday. Mountaineers and Red Raiders will tipoff at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

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