MORGANTOWN - West Virginia pulls out their second victory over the Texas Longhorns, 60-58.
It was deja-vu in Morgantown as this game unraveled nearly identically as the first game between these two teams. The home team let a double-digit lead slip away in the second half.
Despite giving up the lead late, WVU would come together and go back ahead and keep it that way as time ran out.
The Mountaineers (11-11, 4-5) still sit in seventh in the conference, but have looked strong their last three contests. West Virginia has won two straight and lost by just five to No. 2 Kansas one week ago.
As a team, the shot 46.2% from the field, which tops their season average of just 40%.
Texas (10-12, 2-7) would fight back after being down eleven in the second half. The Longhorns responded with a 16-3 run of their own to take a lead late in the game.
Trailing early in the first half after strong shooting from the Longhorns, West Virginia would go on a 20-8 run and go up by five after twenty minutes. The team shot a combined 2-for-12 from the field in the opening minutes, but would go on a 12-for-16 steak immediately after.
After the short halftime break, momentum didn't stop for West Virginia. They would continue shooting well on way to a double-digit lead.
The Longhorns' forwards and big men couldn't seem to get a grip on the powerful front court that the Mountaineers hold. The physicality on the floor didn't lead to many personal fouls which boded well for West Virginia.
However, it was the lack of shooting late in the game that hurt the Mountaineers. Texas also shot the ball 21 more times than the Mountaineers did, as they dominated the glass bringing down seven more rebounds.
Deniz Kilicli was hot from the start and stayed far away from foul trouble. He used his signature hook shot and post game as he put up 14 points. He had just three personal fouls.
Leading the team in points was guard Jabarie Hinds. The Mount Vernon native had one of his better games of the year with 14 points. He was the only Mountaineer to score during a ten minute span in the second half.
Another rematch is on the way for the Mountaineers as they'll play at TCU this coming Saturday. That game is set to begin at 4:00 p.m..