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No. 17 Mountaineers easily edge past Texas Tech

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The 17th ranked West Virginia University Men’s basketball team took no prisoners this afternoon as they scored a 77-58 victory over the struggle ridden Texas Tech Red Raiders at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.

Devin Williams (#5) smiling over the solid performance his team put fourth in this afternoon's win (photo via: All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks)

Devin Williams (#5) smiling over the solid performance his team put fourth in this afternoon’s win (photo via: All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks)

The contest was at its closest near the end of the first half. After West Virginia jumped to a 30-14 lead, the Red Raiders ended the half on a 17-7 run to draw within six points of the Mountaineer lead.

However, Devin Williams was able to get the Mountaineers back on track at the start of the second half by hitting two early lay-up baskets, and a foul shot to keep West Virginia in command. Williams’ efforts were a part of a lengthy 14-2 run for WVU, which would ultimately end all hopes of a Red Raider come back.

The Mountaineers had one of their better offensive performances this afternoon as they converted 26 of 54 opportunities from the field (48.1%). They also finished the day with a healthy advantage in the turnover category – 26 turnovers by Texas Tech, while WVU committed just 11. However, rebounding and foul shooting proved to be the only areas of concern for Bob Huggins’ coaching staff as WVU converted just 16 of their 29 chances from the stripe (55.2%), and finished the day eight rebounds behind Tech’s total (34-26).

Sophomore forward Devin Williams led the Mountaineers in scoring on this day with 18 points. Williams was 7 of 9 from the field, and also recorded eight rebounds, and an assist in today’s victory. Three other Mountaineers went over the double-digit mark in scoring this afternoon as Daxter Miles Jr. recorded 12, Juwan Staten added 11, and Gary Browne contributed 10.

WVU was again on the defensive prowl this afternoon, forcing Texas Tech into 26 turnovers in the contest (photo via: All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks)

WVU was again on the defensive prowl this afternoon, forcing Texas Tech into 26 turnovers in the contest (photo via: All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks)

On the other side, the Red Raiders were led in scoring today by Robert Turner. The senior guard finished the afternoon 4 of 9 from the field, and 7 for 7 at the foul line for a team-high 18 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Two other Red Raiders reached the double-digit scoring plateau this afternoon as Aaron Ross finished with 13, while Isaiah Manderson added 10. Devaugntah Williams had an awful day against the staunch WVU defense as he finished 1 for 5 from the field, with only two points to his credit.

With today’s win, West Virginia improves to 18-3 overall, and 6-2 in Big XII conference play. TCU drops to 11-11 overall, and 1-8 in league play following this latest defeat. The Mountaineers will return to action this Tuesday night for a rematch with the 24th ranked Oklahoma Sooners at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. Tip-off is slated for 8:00PM, and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

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