FINAL: West Virginia defeats Texas Tech, 66-54

WVU Men's Basketball

After nearly a month, No. 17 West Virginia has returned to the WVU Coliseum for their Big 12 home opener against No. 22 Texas Tech. Both squads have begun their conference stretch 1-1, and both squads feature talented young players that have left a mark nationally.

Be sure to check back at this game log for updates as the game unfolds.

2nd half:

FINAL: West Virginia hangs on to win over Texas Tech, 66-54.

1:42 (TTU 48, WVU 61): With less than two minutes left in the game, fans seem satisfied and are heading to the exits. Deuce McBride now has 21 points, with his team making 45 percent of their shots for the game. Texas Tech, on the other hand, has made just 30 percent.

4:04 (TTU 46, WVU 57): Texas Tech calls timeout in the midst of their 2-minute, 37-second long scoring drought. The Red Raiders have made just 2 of their 11 field goals, but they’re still not far behind West Virginia. Moretti has gone cold in the second half, with just 5 points on 33.3 percent shooting. He has 14 for the game.

6:04 (TTU 46, WVU 52): Gabe Osabuohien checks back in to the game after his injury scare.

7:19 (TTU 43, WVU 52): Jermaine Haley is whistled for his fourth personal foul, and the fifth for the Mountaineers in the half. McBride’s scoring total is up to 19 after he sinks a jumper at the top of the key, which halts a 5-0 run by the Red Raiders.

10:28 (TTU 36, WVU 46): Gabe Osabuohien is heading to the locker room after he took a hard tumble under the basket. He was slow to get up, but got up and walked off on his own power. TTU’s Kevin McCullar is called for a flagrant foul. Sean McNeil heads to the line to extend WVU’s run to now 8-0.

12:08 (TTU 36, WVU 45): Deuce McBride leads West Virginia on a scoring tear, and takes his first miss of the game in his 6th field goal attempt (plus a perfect 4-for-4 mark from the free throw line). He leads all scorers with 15 points so far.

15:53 (TTU 34, WVU 37): A three-pointer from Moretti is the only score of the half so far, and this half has seemingly started out with more physicality than the last. The Red Raiders have brought some effort on the boards, grabbing an early edge in the second-half rebounding numbers with 4 to WVU’s 3 (Mountaineers still lead for the game, 25-16).

17:31 (TTU 34, WVU 37): We have our first review of the game — a suspect shot clock violation called on the Mountaineers is overturned after the ball hits the rim in a messy possession for WVU.

Texas Tech has the possession arrow, so they will start with the ball.

West Virginia first half scorers: McBride (9); Culver, Haley (8); Knapper (5); Harler (3); Tshiebwe, Matthews Jr. (2)

Texas Tech first half scorers: Moretti (9); Ramsey (6); McCullar, Clarke (4); Edwards, Nadolny, Benson, Tchewa (2)

1st half:

HALF: West Virginia leads Texas Tech at the break, 37-31.

:17.2 (TTU 31, WVU 37): West Virginia calls timeout to draw something up for the final possession.

3:34 (TTU 23, WVU 28): Brandon Knapper is heading to the line for the Mountaineers’ 11th and 12th free throws of the game so far, and they’re shooting at a clip of 60 percent so far. Derek Culver and Jermaine Haley lead West Virginia in scoring so far with 6 points each, while Davide Moretti is pacing the game with 9.

7:47 (TTU 18, WVU 21): West Virginia owns the boards so far, out-rebounding Texas Tech 14-7. They are shooting 52.9 percent, but the Red Raiders’ jump shooters are keeping Texas Tech in it. Despite their 33.3-percent clip from the field, Texas Tech has made half of their three-pointers for 12 of their points.

11:16 (TTU 11, WVU 16): Chase Harler earns WVU their first bucket outside the paint with a three-pointer. Derek Culver also added a free throw to the scoreline, but all 10 of the Mountaineers’ other points have come from the paint. WVU is locking down the inside allowing just one field goal, but they’ve been hurt by the Red Raiders’ jump shooters — TTU has already sunk three shots from deep.

15:43 (TTU 3, WVU 6): Both teams are playing tough right out of the gate, with the opening possession for the Red Raiders getting whistled for a shot clock violation. West Virginia is trying to work the ball inside, which is where all 6 of their points have come from. Jermaine Haley has 4 points, Oscar Tshiebwe has 2.

Texas Tech has won the opening tip, and we are underway.

WVU starters:

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

TTU starters:

  • Kyler Edwards
  • Davide Moretti
  • Jahmi’us Ramsey
  • TJ Holyfield
  • Chris Clarke

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