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Game Recap: WVU vs. Texas

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A thriller in Austin went into overtime, but West Virginia prevailed in the extra five minutes holding off Texas, 57-53.

A total of 17 offensive rebounds, with three straight in the extra five minutes was key in holding off the longhorns for West Virginias eighth victory of the season, first in Big 12 conference play.

"I'm proud of them," said head coach Bob Huggins following the game.  "This is what I'm accustomed to seeing.  I'm not accustomed to seeing that other stuff we were doing."

Eron Harris drained a go-ahead three pointer with 5.9 seconds remaining in the second half as the Mountaineers took a three-point lead.  One last possession for Texas was enough as Jonathan Holmes nailed a three of his own.

Both teams played a physical style throughout most of the game.  West Virginia was in serious foul trouble almost immediately, but the team kept away from fouls late which was key in the victory.

After twenty minutes, Texas held a three point lead despite trailing 6-0 after the opening minutes.  The two teams exchanged fouls nearly every possession as it was a very physical ball game.

The big men of West Virginia were in the most foul trouble.  Deniz Kilicli and Dominique Rutledge both had three fouls early on, while Aaric Murray had two of his own.  Kilcili was the only Mountaineer to foul out of the game.

The physicality favored the team in blue as West Virginia crashed the boards early and often.  The team out rebounded the Longhorns 23 to 16 after the first half.  However, in the category of assists, the team managed just one.

The team came out flat in the second half, something that seems to be a trend for the 2012 Mountaineers.  However, a spark ignited the group in the final ten minutes which mounted a double-digit comeback. 

In overtime, West Virginia fought to maintain a lead through grabbing offensive rebounds and sending Texas big men to the free throw line.  Dominique Rutledge had a huge save on an offensive rebound that sent Gary Browne to the free throw line.

Free throws was all it took from that point on as Aaric Murray and Gary Browne combined to make three-of-four tries and bring the lead to four.

Murray finished the game with a double-double.  He had 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Meanwhile Kevin Noreen finished with a team-leading 13 rebounds.  Jabarie Hinds also finished in double digits in points, with 11 total.

Huggins didn't play guard Juwan Staten in the second half.

"This isn't his team, it's mine," said Huggins.  "We've got to have everybody on the same page. It's my book, they have to be on the page of my book.  If not, they won't play."

Next up for the Mountaineers will be No. 18 Kansas State at the Coliseum this Saturday, at 1:30.  Texas heads to Iowa State Saturday.

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