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Game Recap: WVU vs. Texas Tech

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MORGANTOWN - Strong three-point shooting leads the Mountaineers over the Red Raiders in Lubbock, 77-61.

Head coach Bob Huggins is now 19th on the all-time list for wins by a head coach, passing Don Haskins with win number 720.

West Virginia (10-11, 3-5) shot a season high, 55.6% from behind the three point line.  Behind freshmen Terry Henderson and Eron Harris, the Mountaineers found a way to win after losing five of their last six.

It wasn't just behind the arc shots that went in, West Virginia finished with 56.5% shooting from the court, their best on the season.

A hot shooting start for the Mountaineers faded away quickly when the two teams started to play sloppy basketball.

West Virginia scored 11 points in under five minutes.  In their contest against Kansas on Monday, it took double that time to score in double-digits.  The Mountaineers scored on their opening five possessions today.

Texas Tech (9-10, 2-6) was down big early, starting 1-for-6 from the field.  They would then go on a 14-3 run, sinking five straight shots to be within striking distance.

However, after twenty minutes the two teams each had 12 turnovers.  West Virginia had just nine turnovers following forty minutes when they hosted Kansas.  Bob Huggins' squad went into the half with a three-point lead despite leading by 12 early on.

Tides continued to sway in the second half.  West Virginia would lead by double digits multiple times, just to see those leads diminish.  The team never saw a deficit as the game was just briefly tied at two early in the game.

Harris led all scorers with 18 points on 5-for-12 shooting in 36 minutes on the court.  Aaric Murray, Gary Browne, and Juwan Staten also scored in double-digits to help the Mountaineers.

Ty Nurse was one of four Red Raiders who scored ten or more.  The senior from Canada finished with 14 points.

The two teams combined for 40 turnovers and 46 personal fouls.  West Virginia made 15 of their _20 attempts from the free throw line.

Up next for West Virginia is a home contest against Texas in just two days.  The Mountaineers defeated the Longhorns on January 9 in overtime, with a final score of 57-53.

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