FINAL: Texas Tech defeats No. 12 West Virginia, 89-81

WVU Men's Basketball

The 12th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers (16-3, 4-2 Big 12) are looking for their third straight win when they face the Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-7, 3-3). This contest is a rematch of the first meeting between the two squads earlier this month, when the Mountaineers took a 66-54 victory at home.

This game log will have updates as the game unfolds, so be sure to check back.

2nd half:

FINAL: West Virginia falls to Texas Tech, 89-81.

1:27 (WVU 80, TTU 86): West Virginia is on a 9-2 run with the hopes of taking the lead. Derek Culver has scored the Mountaineers’ last five points, all of which have come from the free throw line — he’s a stellar 12 of 14 from the stripe tonight. Unfortunately for them, that doesn’t count for their field goal percentage, as the Mountaineers have made just 2 of their last 8 buckets. Texas Tech has made 40 percent of their shots since the last timeout at 7:54, which is enough offense to keep WVU at an arm’s reach this late in the game.

7:54 (WVU 67, TTU 73): The Mountaineers go on a 12-3 run with 7 unanswered points to claw their deficit back to single digits. Both squads have found a bit of a rhythm as well, making 5 of their last 6 shots — but West Virginia’s ability to force turnovers has given them extra opportunities to make those shots.

11:38 (WVU 53, TTU 65): Culver picks up his fourth foul of the game. Simply put, West Virginia is missing their shots, and Texas Tech is making theirs. Add in the Mountaineers’ propensity to foul (20 personals and a pair of technicals), and WVU is digging themselves a hole in the second half.

15:37 (WVU 46, TTU 56): The second half already looks significantly different from the first. Three technical fouls have been called in the second already, two of which went against West Virginia. The most recent technical went against Oscar Tshiebwe after he sent a layup from TJ Holyfield into the first couple rows of fans — that play allowed Texas Tech to get 5 points in a single possession. Three Mountaineers are in foul trouble: Jermaine Haley (4), Derek Culver and Chase Harler (both 3).

West Virginia first-half scorers: Osabuohien (8); Culver, Haley (6); Sherman, Matthews (4); Harler, McBride (3); McCabe, Tshiebwe (2)

Texas Tech first-half scorers: Shannon (13); Moretti (10); Ramsey (8); Holyfield (4); Edwards (3); Clarke, Nadolny (2)

1st half:

HALF: West Virginia 38, Texas Tech 42 — The first half ended with a wacky series of events. As Texas Tech was in front by 11 points with a minute left, Gabe Osabuohien drew a foul — but interestingly enough, he would be the one ultimately under review for a flagrant foul. After no flagrant was called, he stepped up and knocked two free throws down. After getting a stop, Taz Sherman would drain a three, get fouled, and make the ensuing free throw. West Virginia would go on a run and cut the lead to just 4 points at the half.

4:16 (WVU 26, TTU 33): Bob Huggins calls timeout as Texas Tech’s Chris Clarke lays it in to put the Red Raider lead at 7. Derek Culver hasn’t seen much time as he picked up his second foul earlier in the half, along with Emmitt Matthews. Interestingly enough, Chase Harler has played the most minutes for WVU (13).

7:05 (WVU 21, TTU 25): Jermaine Haley heads to the line and makes a pair of free throws. This may be a free throw game, with 16 of tonight’s points from either team coming from the line and physical play in between the whistles. As the Mountaineers have gone 8-for-9, it may not be as much of a disadvantage to them as it usually is — but Texas Tech has yet to miss after eight of their own attempts.

11:50 (WVU 13, TTU 16): A 7-point run for West Virginia gets the Mountaineers back within a possession. Texas Tech’s hot shooting start cooled right off, as they’ve made just one of their last five tries from the field. Also, don’t look now, but Derek Culver is a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.

16:24 (WVU 4, TTU 10): The Mountaineers opened the game up with a turnover, which Texas Tech quickly turned into a pair of points on the other end. WVU’s offense has come from a Jermaine Haley field goal and two Derek Culver free throws, but they’ve found a cold spell with four straight misses. On the contrary, the Red Raiders have made everything they’ve looked at, including two three-pointers. A Jahmi’us Ramsey strike from deep prompted Bob Huggins to call his first timeout.

West Virginia wins the opening tip and we are underway.

It has been announced by WVU that Brandon Knapper will not appear in this game due to an illness.

WVU starters:

  • Jordan McCabe
  • Jermaine Haley
  • Emmitt Matthews Jr.
  • Oscar Tshiebwe
  • Derek Culver

TTU starters:

  • Kyler Edwards
  • Terrence Shannon, Jr.
  • Jahmi’us Ramsey
  • Davide Moretti
  • TJ Holyfield

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