The Texas Tech Red Raiders got their revenge on the 12th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 89-81, behind a career-high from guard Davide Moretti in Lubbock on Wednesday night.
Moretti’s jumpshot was clicking on all cylinders as he led the Red Raiders with 25 points.
Even though West Virginia won the opening tip-off, Texas Tech quickly forced a turnover and generated points off of it — giving them the lead they would hold for the entirety of the game.
The Red Raiders started off hot, making their first four field goals plus a pair of free throws. That led right into a four-shot slump and a 7-0 run for West Virginia, bringing them within a possession.
That cycle would repeat throughout the third quarter until the Red Raider lead got to 11 points, the highest of the period, with a minute left. West Virginia cut that to just four by the end of the half with four-point play from Taz Sherman, along with another four-points from Gabe Osabuohien.
The Red Raiders again jumped out to a commanding lead out of the locker room, making 5 of their first 8 shots to get their lead back to double-digits.
Fouls became a major source of detriment for West Virginia. Derek Culver and Jermaine Haley both entered foul trouble early in the half, getting their fourths well before the midway point of the half.
Technical fouls were also an issue for the Mountaineers, giving Texas Tech extra opportunities and points as they were behind. One particularly damaging one was called against Oscar Tshiebwe after he made a great block on a fast break — the technical gave Davide Moretti to knock down a pair of free throws before a Red Raider three pointer to get 5 points from the play.
In total, West Virginia accrued 4 technical fouls and Texas Tech had one.
One of the main differences would be Texas Tech’s shooting. The Red Raiders topped 50 percent in both halves, while West Virginia made just 38.6 percent of their shots.
The Red Raider offense was driven by Moretti, who made shots at a 60 percent clip from the field, as well as 80 percent from deep and a perfect 9-for-9 from the line. Terrence Shannon and Jahmi’us Ramsey also scored over 20 points each, logging 23 and 21 respectively.
Culver led the Mountaineers in the score column with 16 points, 14 of which came from the free throw line. Osabuohien was right behind with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
Taz Sherma, Miles McBride and Jermaine Haley also reached double figures for the Mountaineers, with 11 points, 10 and 10, respectively.
The Mountaineers return home for their next matchup against Kansas State on Saturday. That matchup tips off at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2.