|Field Goal %||34.0||45.6|
|Three Point %||20.0||52.2|
|Free Throw %||63.6||100.0|
The #6 Mountaineers ran the Texas Longhorns off the floor with a strong second half Saturday afternoon.
In the first half, Texas and West Virginia were trying to find their way offensively. Both teams were struggling to get into the heart of their stingy defenses.
Texas would take a 20-17 lead with 8:51 left in the half before the Mountaineers would find some offense and start locking down play in their defensive end.
The Mountaineers would hold the Longhorns 1-7 from the field, 0-3 from behind the arc and force four turnovers. They would get 13 points off nine turnovers.
West Virginia would close the half on a 15-2 run with five different Mountaineers scoring.
Beetle Bolden provided some much-needed offense and would lead all scorers in the first half with nine points and stepped into three charges on the defensive end. Jevon Carter added seven points and four assists.
Sagaba Konate would get nine of his thirteen rebounds before halftime.
The Mountaineers would lead by ten at halftime, despite only shooting 30.8% from the floor. It was their rebounding that built their lead, especially in the offensive end. They would get 14 second-chance points on 10 offensive rebounds.
“We work at it. Logan (Routt) was terrific. He did not just get some rebounds for us, but he kept them from getting rebounds, which is really critical. Sags (Sagaba Konate) was really good, obviously,” said West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins.
In the second half, West Virginia would start off on a 5-0 run before Texas would start to climb their way back into the game.
Texas would pull within eight with 11:32 left to go in the game. The Mountaineers were starting to play like they did late in the game against Texas Tech and most recently, Kansas. The offense was lethargic and the defense was slow.
The Mountaineers responded with a 15-0 run, taking a 23-point lead, and Texas would never recover.
“Well, we got second-chance opportunities,” said Huggins. “We were able to turn them over a little bit. We made some shots. We actually tried to run the offense we are supposed to run, and not whoever gets it shoots it,” he continued.
West Virginia continued to pull away from the Longhorns as the clock winded down. They went 19-29 (65.5%) from the field, 8-11 (72.7%) from three in the second half.
The big second half for the Mountaineers was much needed after the collapses they suffered the last two games, that resulted in losses.
It’s a good win before they head to Ft. Worth this Monday to take on the TCU Horned Frogs at 9:00 pm on ESPN.