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GAME RECAP: WVU Beats Texas Tech in OT

Ryan Petrovich, MORGANTOWN -

The Mountaineers escaped a close one on the road in another Big 12 match-up. West Virginia (10-5, 2-0 in conference play) handed Texas Tech (8-7, 0-2 in conference play) their second straight Big 12 loss in overtime.

Juwan Staten had a solid first half while Brandon Watkins maintained the boards for West Virginia. Bob Huggins' squad would go into halftime with a 39-33 lead.

Staten would finish the game as the Mountaineers' leading scorer with 25 points. Eron Harris dropped 18 while Terry Henderson chipped in with 16.

The Mountaineers picked-up right were they left off to start the second half. A quick transition layup from Staten and a three-pointer from Harris put the Mountaineers up 44-36 with 18:25 left to play.

Harris would then bank home a jumper to give the Mountaineers a 10-point lead early in the second half. The Mountaineers' defense also looked in tuned as they kept Texas Tech out of rhythm to start the second half.

As a team the Mountaineers went 34-61 (56 percent) from the field, 8-19 (42 percent) from behind the arc and 13-22 (59 percent).

Texas Tech would try to amount some offense. After the first media timeout, Dusty Hannahs would drill a three and follow it up with a tip-in. The Red Raiders would cut into the Mountaineers lead, 48-43 with 14:30 on the clock.

The Red Raiders would go 28-59 (47 percent) from the field, 8-20 (40 percent) from three-point land and 22-26 (85 percent) from the foul line.

Hannahs wouldn't let up; a 7-point run for the Red Raiders would have the deficit cut to three. It was Terry Henderson who would cool the Red Raiders run by hitting a three pointer of his own.

At the second media timeout of the second half the score would favor West Virginia only by three, 53-50.

Harris would bring West Virginia's lead back to six after completing the old fashion three-point play while Texas Tech managed to get themselves into foul trouble midway through the second half.

Aaron Ross for the Red Raiders would drain a three from the top of the key and a quick transition layup from Todderick Gotcher would bring the Red Raiders within two with 8:45 left to play.

The Mountaineers and Red Raiders would then trade three's, Harris and Jaye Crockett would both hit threes to bring both team to the exact same three-point shooting percentage, 7-16 (44 percent) with 4:05 to play.

Crockett would continue to take control, hitting another jumper to knot the game at 68. Crockett would then bury another midrange jumper along with getting fouled on the play. Texas Tech would have their fist lead of the game, 71-68 with 2:55 remaining in the contest.

Crockett would finish the night with 15 points,  four rebounds and one assist.

The Mountaineers post play would step up after Devin Williams would crash the board for a layup, Williams would also go to the line. Williams missed the foul shot but Watkins cleaned it up to give the Mountaineers a two-point lead.

After an alley oop pass and tip in, the Red Raiders would lead 75-74 with just a minute remaining in the game. The Mountaineers were unable to match it as a perfectly drawn up out of bounds play had Watkins miss a tip in for the go-ahead basket.

It was Henderson who would then hit his fourth three of the game and at a crucial time. Henderson's three would tie the game at 77 with 11 seconds remaining.

The Red Raiders would have the last possession, as Hannahs would heave a no-good three for the win. Both teams would head to overtime for the first time this season.

The Mountaineers would attack the hoop midway through overtime; a layup by Staten gave the Mountaineers an 82-79 lead with 2:33 to play in OT. After a couple more baskets and a few trips to the free throw line, the Mountaineers would go on to win.

West Virginia would hold off Texas Tech, securing their first overtime win and second straight road and Big 12 win.

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