Two teams looking for a bounce-back victory are meeting at the WVU Coliseum when No. 14 West Virginia tips off against the Texas Longhorns. The action gets underway at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
This game log will have updates on all the action, so be sure to check back here as the game unfolds.
FINAL: West Virginia gets the win over Texas, 97-59.
3:22 (UT 51, WVU 89): The student section gets their wish for the last few minutes as Macke checks in to the game. The big men Culver and Tshiebwe currently lead West Virginia with 13 points each, while the latter is just a rebound away from a double-double. Haley is not far behind with 12.
7:05 (UT 40, WVU 83): With more than seven minutes to go, the “We want Macke” chants have begun in the student section.
11:53 (UT 34, WVU 73): As the calls get a little tighter, WVU’s bench guards have come in to relieve the inside scorers with 12 second-half points so far. Taz Sherman and Miles McBride each have 5 points, most recently a wide-open dunk for the freshman that got the Coliseum on their feet.
14:04 (UT 28, WVU 59): Texas’s Donovan Williams is called for the flagrant 1 foul on Logan Routt, and the WVU big man makes the front end. BUT… before play even begins again, Jericho Sims gets whistled for his fifth foul. He is the Longhorns’ leading rebounder and one of their top scorers this year.
15:53 (UT 24, WVU 51): Texas comes out of the locker room with a full-court press, which seems to have caught WVU off guard a bit. The Mountaineers have given up 3 turnovers this half, more than the mere 2 they lost in the first. Oscar Tshiebwe has also entered foul trouble territory with 3 personals.
West Virginia first-half scorers: Matthews Jr., Haley (8); Culver, McCabe, Tshiebwe, Osabuohien (7); Routt (1)
Texas first-half scorers: Ramey (4); Coleman III, Febres, Hepa, Liddell (3); Jones, Sims (2)
HALF: No. 14 West Virginia 45, Texas 20.
1:57 (UT 15, WVU 43): After McCabe drives and scores, the Mountaineers are now on a 28-2 run with 20 unanswered points. West Virginia is in firm control of this game as the half winds down.
3:57 (UT 15, WVU 35): West Virginia’s 20-2 run gets the Mountaineers way ahead as the final stretch of the half approaches. They’re playing very efficient offense, averaging over 1.5 points per possession. Plus they’re reaping the benefits of their defense with 19 points coming off their turnovers. Osabuohien and Tshiebwe lead the way with 7 points each, while Haley and Matthews have 6.
7:59 (UT 15, WVU 23): Oscar Tshiebwe is heading to the line for two shots after the under-8 media timeout. Matthews leads all scorers with 6 points, followed by Tshiebwe with 5. No Texas player has been able to make more than one bucket, with three players making a three-pointer so far.
9:19 (UT 13, WVU 21): Shaka Smart calls timeout after West Virginia gets a quick 4 points on them.
11:52 (UT 13, WVU 17): West Virginia’s defense is getting beaten by open three-point looks, having given up three since the last break. Their offense has found a nack for mid-range jumpers, though, as they’ve gotten them from Matthews Jr., Jordan McCabe and Gabe Osabuohien.
15:34 (UT 4, WVU 8): Emmitt Matthews wants to prove he hasn’t lost his shot with a quick 4 points to start. Both teams are attacking the basket, but WVU is playing tighter defense — however the Longhorns have been able to get inside and open for a pair of buckets at the rim.
Texas wins the opening tip, and this game has begun.
- Jordan McCabe
- Jermaine Haley
- Emmitt Matthews Jr.
- Derek Culver
- Oscar Tshiebwe
- Matt Coleman III
- Courtney Ramey
- Jase Febres
- Jericho Sims
- Kamaka Hepa